I was planning on starting up a 20 gallon long, but I saw a fluval spec and bought it on impulse. So now I am building an iwagumi scape in a 5 gallon spec. I've had planted tanks before but considering the size of this one I think it will be a challenge. I plan on testing parameters as often as possible, everyday if I have time.
This is my item list:
Tank: Fluval Spec 5 gallon
Lighting: Stock 7000k LED (unless issues arise and I may switch to a planted+ 24/7)
Filter: Removed stock sponge and filled compartment with ceramic media in a media bag along with smaller sponges and floss
Heater: 50W preset (fits better than adjustable)
Substrate: ADA Amazonia
Hardscape: Ohko Stone
Ferts: DIY solutions of macros and micros (plantex). Will be dosing according the the EI method
CO2: Fluval 45 gram CO2 kit (hoping this lasts for a while with such a small tank. I've had bad luck with cheap paintball setups in the past and don't want to pony up the cashe for a real setup just yet)
Plants: DHG (plan to carpet most of the tank) and Cryptocoryne Mioya
I'm not sure what I want to do for fish yet. I've never kept shrimp so I might go with a bunch of cherry shrimp. Otherwise I'll probably go with a group of the smallest schooling fish I can find.
I plan on scaping and planting later today. Although, my plants are tissue cultures so I may let them sit another day so I can scape today and see if I still like it tomorrow.
This is my first iwagumi scape and first "nano" tank so any advice/constructive criticism is welcome.