Well Ive been a reef guy for over 5 years and that has been my obsession until lately. Dont get me wrong I love my reef tanks but the planted fresh bug has bit me. For the last 3 years Ive had an ultra low tech 55g running and decided to get it looking like something presentable when I came across a fluval chi Ive had for a year now.
I decided what the heck might as well see what I can do with this thing so I put some gravel in and an ornament and started cycling it. Then it happened, I got back on this site after years of being gone, and after I figured out my password logged in. Thats when the little bugger bit me...
I went out and got a bag of ecocomplete and it began.
So far this tank has been setup for 5 weeks.
This is what it looked like 2 weeks ago:
I built a light hanger and put in a 65w cfl flood light 6500k and bought some Hemianthus callitrichoides and Bacopa Caroliniana.
I also threw in some Eleocharis acicularis
from my 55g. Found my old nature yeast co2 and got it running and boom.
Then this last weekend I planted everything properly and got a Fancy Guppy.
This is what it looks like at the moment.
Looks like its going pretty well and the Bacopa has exploded. Everything has greened up a lot. Ive been dosing flourish excel every other day.
Planning on looking for a nice piece of driftwood to replace the ornament and I have a Up Aqua glass co2 diffuser coming in the mail to replace the ladder. Ill look into getting pressurized co2.
Anyways Im use to worrying about tons of parameters on my SPS saltwater reef tank and this is kind of a breath of fresh air. See how it goes and keep this thread updated as best as I can.
Oh and I have a Marineland HOB penguin filter.