So, I got myself a new tank! This is just my second tank, and I've decided to go low tech again, but I decided to actually plant it this time now that I have a bit more experience with the hobby. So it's kind of my first planted tank.
The tank is a 30cm cube tank from ANS. Frankly I have no information on the manufacturer at all, but ANS products are fairly ubiquitous in Singapore fish stores and they are a lot more affordable than ADA stuff. I would have loved to pick up a UNS 30C but unfortunately their products aren't available here. Anyway, this tank cost me just S$40.
For lights I ordered a Chihiros WRGB on their online store from Taobao. These lights are available locally but I save about S$65 by ordering them. The light I ordered cost like S$80 and i'm expecting to receive it tomorrow.
Substrate is Tropica aqua soil. I chose Tropica because it's cheaper than Amazonia and also I hear that it doesn't leech as much as Amazonia.
For plants I picked up the following:
- DHG (eleocharis acicularis)
- Staurogyene Repens
- Alternanthera Reineckii 'Mini'
- Limnophila Hippuridoides
- Hygrophila Polysperma 'Sunset'
- Some unlabelled Cryptocoryne
- Bucephalandra SP
Planting did take a ridiculously long time, I think I spent about 3 hours to set it all up. I also grabbed a handful of seachem matrix from my existing tank to jump start the filter, so I hope to add a couple of low grade cheap shrimp to the tank as soon as possible. Eventually I will keep a betta in here.
Here's a picture of the tank with temporary lighting until my order gets here. Don't mind the lava rock on the top of the wood, it's just there to keep it down until it gets waterlogged hahaha! I do hope that the plants I chose survive, especially since I won't be running CO2
Thank you for reading!