This will be my first serious attempt at an Nature aquarium with a more high tech set up(at least more then I have been used to). I have had 2 other planted tanks in the past with pretty good success but once I was exposed to the world of the nature aquarium my view of things drastically changed... and i needed to work on obtaining a rimless tank.
Also in this time period I became fascinated with inverts especially shirmp so I plan to make this tank a CRS colony tank with a few Diano or micro Rasboras.
Now after around 3 months of serious thought I'm ready to begin the tank set up saga.
Yet far my tank is set up as such:
Tank - Mr. Aqua 13.3 bowfront
Lighting - GLO 2x24w T5 HO
Substrate - ecocomplete planted classic
Driftwood - manzanita
Filter - Eheim classic 2213
CO2 - DIY 3L bottle
Here is a picture from once I recived the tank and driftwood, at this point I had just been playing with hardscape ideas.
After a few days of playing with the hardscape and finally settling on the layout I then toyed with some planting ideas. As I see most do, I made one with paint.... (also I would LOVE to hear some plant opinions I should include.
Then after feeling confident enough in the rough idea i had for planting I hit the stores.... actually 7 stores in a day... it was intense. But this is what came of my day:
this, if you can see it, is a view of the tank with my background choice as of now. It's glass frosting cling -- something I saw Oliver Knott do and i liked.
This Is an image of the addition of the hardscape and substrate, I went with Eco Complete (which i found for a steal at my local petsmart!)
And here is the tank after the first day of planting, a little merky but thats expected... also there is a peice of petrified wood in the hardscape that was used as an anchor for the wood.
And now finally that brings us up to date. Here is the tank as of 5/23: