I wanted to start a journal to document my first planted tank which is a 40 gallon breeder. It began as a 5.5g to a 10g which I bought a few low light plants. Then I got some more plants I didn't know, and ended up with too many plants and not enough swimming room. Thus, the breeder tank was bought at Petco's sale.
I have snails, platys, zebra danio, white skirt tetra, glofish, bronze cory cats, and amano shrimp. I have a 36" Finnex 24/7 planted+ light with eco-comeplete and black sand substrate. I use GLA dry fertilizers with the EI dosing method, liquid iron, flourish, metricide-14, equilibrium, and soon CO2. I never had more than flourish, but my end game was a dutch style tank and over time I upped my fertilizers and bought new plants.
Here's my tank prior, after 5 weeks of plants and some adjustments. At this point, I was just trying to keep plants alive haha.
After 2 more adjustments, and more plants plus CO2 in 5 days I have results in picture 2.
New plants were just planted this evening! My fertilizers are finally dialed in and my plants are starting to show newer and healthier leaves little by little. I'll update tank with pictures as things progress and I'll happily take comments, criticism, suggestions on how to keep making tank better.Attachment 870803Attachment 870805