I've been keeping saltwater and reef tanks for over a decade. When the custom hood and LED setup I built at the start of it all began to fail, I decided I'd make a change and try my hand at a planted freshwater tank. (Don't worry, my fish and coral all went to a good LFS and were sold within a week to a good home.
My very first aquarium was a freshwater but with all plastic decorations, so this isn't my first time with freshwater, but very much my first time with live plants. I ended up selecting the Fluval Flex 15g because my experience with my saltwater habitats was using the old Biocube all-in-one setups and I wanted the same, clean look that would fit on my old Biocube stand.
I'm running this tank 100% stock. No modifications this time around because I want something much less intensive to take care of than my reefers. The substrate is Fluval Stratum, with a couple pieces of driftwood and some dragon stone. The lighting is 7500K LED. I've not been able to get a solid report on exactly how many watts this bar is, but it's somewhere just below 1w per gallon, if I can believe anything I've read. If I get really into this, I may pick up another light bar to double the watts.
Here's a picture of the tank only about an hour after planting and doing the aquascape. It's obviously a bit cloudy still.
I've only just planted the tank with some random stuff picked out by the LFS. I asked them specifically for low light requirement plants and appropriate for a non-Co2 supplement tank. I did do some research before hand, but darned if I remember all the names of the plants. Although I know that just about anything with "java" in the name is pretty much okidokie. Aside from the moss ball, and the superglued Java ferns, I have no idea what the tall stuff in the back or the red-ish stuff planted near the middle of the aquascape is called, lol!
I let the tank run for about a week with just the aquascape before planting and didn't cycle the tank like I'd normally do. I've read enough about how cycling a planted tank isn't as important, provided you let the plants begin growing and consuming nutrients first. I do have some pure ammonia I now plan to dose, however, and definitely see if I can get a cycle before I throw any livestock into it.
For fish, I plan on getting a handful of either Tetras or Danios, not really made up my mind yet. Also add a shrimp or two.
So yeah! Let a new era of a tank begin!