Just starting my first aquarium since childhood, and after about a month of reading I knew I wanted to get into planted tanks! Figured a journal would be beneficial for catching mistakes and learning all the things
I picked up a Fluval Flex 9G kit (in hindsight I probably would have preferred a 20 long but hey it was a steal) and over the next few weeks gathered soil (Tropica Aquarium Soil that was a pain to wash cause it kept disintegrating into more silt) and buckets and some Seachem products in advance.
I had a hard time finding hardscape that would fit actually, but Vancouver has some awesome LFS around. Unfortunately that meant my plants (pre-packaged Tropica) sat for a couple weeks and despite keeping them under light I lost about half my carpet stock and might lose more down the road. My Anubias Nana had some black slime on the leaves that I scraped and washed off, so hoping I don't end up with a BBA explosion later...
Finally planted 3 days ago, and I had decided on a DSM since I won't have time to monitor fish and water parameters over the holidays. Here is Day 0:
As you can see, the Monte Carlo took a hit from sitting so long. There was no gel left and half of it had become dark green. Fingers crossed I can save some of it. On the rock and driftwood is a split Anubias Nana, and the right back corner has Crypto Wendtii (I'm expecting it to melt several times during now to fish time).
And here we are at Day 3, with a tank temp of 72 F and a healthy fog on the sides:
Feel free to critique the koalas out of it. I'm totally winging it so I'm expecting speed bumps.