Hi guys, here's a few pic of my first planted tank. It's 3 weeks old now and things are going well. I am running a Penguin 170 Bio-wheel, 100W heater (79°F), Hagen CO2 reactor with an extra 500ml pop bottle in-line, dual 30W T8 Superlux grow lights. I have about 3" of gravel (1-3mm in size), the first inch is mixed with laterite I just added two clown loaches, three chery red shrimp and three bumblebee shrimp. I will be adding a small pleco soon...undecided on which type of pleco so far. I have two albino sailfin plecos in my 125 Malawi Mbuna tank but they can get up to 18-20" so I'll probably use something like bristlenose plecos.
By the way, since adding the loaches, my bumblebee shrimp are MIA, I only see the cherry red shrimp. Do loaches eat shrimp?
The plants from left to right are: watersprite, elodea, windelov, hygro difforma, cabomba, asst. crypt., palaefolius sword. The rocks are a mixture of picture stone, zebra rock and some local rocks.
One of the clown loaches struck a pose for this pic.
The two plants in the center of the first pic (Hygro Difformus and Cabomba) were justed added the day of the pic but the others have grown substantially in 2 weeks. I fertilized the day after adding the plants initially, then weekly since then (Leaf Zone aquarium plant food).
Let me know what you think.