Hey everyone, thanks for looking.
Well, I've been browsing this forum for weeks now, enjoying so many of your tanks. It's been a real pleasure seeing how each tank has evolved over time. Because they all seem to get better, I decided it's time for me to post so mine will get better too
(I'm not a great photographer, so bare with me)
Thought process: Because I intend on keeping altums one day, I decided to create a biotope-type 'scape. I wanted an aquascape that provided room for my fish to swim, looked natural, and is maintainable by a newb such as myself. I know my tank isn't the best representation of a biotope, I'm working on that, and I’m at a loss for ideas right now. I decided to use mostly swords (I'm even considering an all Echinodorus 'scape) because they are semi-easy to grow, don't require a lot of maintenance, and, because of their large leaves, still allow my fish to swim among them. I tried stem plants, they grew too quick and took up too much space for my liking. I didn't want too complex of a foreground/middleground, so I decided to plant the majority of the tank with hairgrass, still providing a decent amount of "swim space."
Plants: Echinodorus 'ozelot green', Echinodorus bleheri, Vallisneria spiralis, Echinodorus uruguayensis, Echinodorus martii, Eleocharis parvula, Echinodorus 'red rubin,' Echinodorus angustifolius, and Echinodorus 'harbich'
Fish: 3x Angels (2 paired off), 6x Black neons, 5x Black phantoms, 1x Pearl gourami, 2x SAEs, 3x Otocinclus
Equipment: 50 Gallon Tall (36l x 20h x 15w), EcoComplete Substrate, Rena XP3, DIY Reactor, JBJ 2x96 watt PC (4 WPG), JBJ Solenoid w/ 5lb Tank
Ferts: Just started EI per Wö£fëñxXx dosages. I'm anxious to see if it's an improvement over last routine.
Currently I'm waiting for the hairgrass and swords on the left to grow in. Contemplating the purchase of a 90 gallon tank so i can provide more room for the fish.
If anyone has some comments/suggestions on how to make the tank more "biotope-like" or anything to improve, feel free to post. I won't be offended; I value constructive criticism.