Hi, all. This is my first planted tank and my first time keeping fish in 15 years or so. After stumbling across some images and videos online, I jumped in blindly and my wife and I decided to set up a tank.
Tank: 10g Marineland (from kit)
Light: CurrentUSA Satellite Plus Pro 18-24"
Filter: Sunsun HW-603B
Heater: Hydor 200W inline heater
Hardscape and Plants
Rocks collected from a hike
Caribsea FloraMax black substrate
Amazon Sword (echinodorus amazonicus)
Madagascar Lace (aponogeton madagascariensis)
Alternanthera Reineckii 'mini'
Cryptocoryne Wendtii "red"
Red Dwarf Lily (nymphaea stellata)
5 leopard danio (danio rerio)
2 chili rasbora
1 dwarf gourami
CURRENT TANK PHOTO, 12 NOV 2017:
We decided to go for a relatively simple, low-tech Iwagumi-ish layout. Not exactly sure if that's the right description. After setting up the tank and letting it be for a few days, I realized a couple things. First, I definitely should have rinsed the substrate. Woops. The water is still cloudy 10 days later (see last photo), but that could be from any number of mistakes I made along the way or just a low-quality filter. Second, my plants started to yellow after a few days and I realized I needed to replace the kit light with something brighter and of the right color temperature. The Current light has been installed for a couple days but it’s yet to be seen if the plants will bounce back. The first two photos are from the day of the setup. The third photo is from today (9/14/2017).
Since we jumped in blind, we had no idea how involved this could be. For the plants, all we have is API CO2 booster and some Aqueon plant food. I’m currently doing some poking around to find good rules of thumb for types of fertilizers or other things to add to the water for the plants. I’ll also be doing a water change this weekend.
We’re mostly after an aesthetically pleasing tank and having some fun with plants. It’s like a little living sculpture. Feedback is always welcome.