This is my first post. I really wanted to start a planted tank project after my wife bought me a 40gallon tank 2 years ago. I have been keeping Discus for 2 years. Prior to start my first planted tank, I did a lot of readings, watching guide videos from Youtube.
I decided to start with a smaller 10 gallon tank as I am not willing to spend a lot of money on my first planted tank, considering I have almost no experience with planted tank. I bought my stuff 1 item by 1 item. Hooked up with a friend of mine for a custom made 10 gallon tank. then a week after, I bought ADA aquasoil. Every week, I bought new equipment, Pressurized CO2, Lightings, Filtration.
After I have everything, I went to my local pet store and bought whatever plants I see are nice without knowing what their name are and set them up.
I am not sure how Im going to arrange the photos. but here are their photos after a lot of rescaping.
Day 1:- looking back at it, I dont even know what I was doing, Started with AR, Java fern, Cryptocoryne and Monte Carlo carpet.
Day 2:- Shorten the AR stem after reading and asking suggestions from reddit.
Day 28:- got myself new Rotala Wallichi and AR mini. oh boy I was really having trouble taking care of RW.
Day 42:- still unhappy with how it looked, got myself Rotala Rotundifolia, Ludwigia Repens.
Day 45: Testing new lighting that I got, Algae took over the aquarium, Amanos loving them so much and damaged the AR leaves to the point of no return. Decided to removed them
Day 50:- Frustrated with what happened, went to another hobbyist and got new plants, planted them without thinking how they will looked like after they grow.
Day 65:- wow, the plants grew so fast and turned the tank into a jungle. really happy with how they grew, but not happy with how they looked.
Day 68:- trimmed them
Day 80:- repositioned most of the plants, and got myself new Ludwigia pularis and Flaming moss. giving AR and AR mini another try. This was the best look my tank have been so far.