Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Harlem Valley, NY
10 gallon experiment
the experiment is to see if i can grow ANYTHING! my wife says i have the black thumb of death and i am here to prove her wrong! i have sucessfully kept fish for several years but never a planted tank. anything i ever put in a tank that was green and living soon became brown and dead. mostly i think due to the fact that when it came to plants i had no idea what i was doing. so after extensive research and and some severe tank envy here i go. i know my "aquascaping" is the pits but like i said i just wanna see if stuff will grow. trying to stick to plants and animals from the same general region.
1 java fern
1 crypt wendtii
trumpet snails(hitched a ride on my anubias)
1 male betta
3-6 cherry shrimp
substrate is 75% eco-complete and 25% sand and gravel from established tank.
filtration is aquaclear 20 on lowest setting running 24/7
lighting is 2 14w, 5000k, 800 lumens cfl's about 3'' from the surface
currently fertilizing with root tabs, excel and kent freshwater K-Fe micro( excel and micro at half dose).
put the plants in yesterday and already rearranged them half a dozen times. promised myself i wouldnt futz with them again for at least a few weeks. it looks skimpy right now but im hoping all the fast growers will fill in quick. the hygro, sprite, vals and wisteria were just clippings but i got them all for $2.
i know the fake log and lucky bamboo are corny and i'll probably replace the log once i find a nice piece of driftwood. as for the bamboo... i thought it would be cool and go with my "Asian" tank but now im not so sure. sorry for the long post but im just so exited. any comments or criticisms are very much appreciated. thanks!
p.s.- please excuse the awful pictures. i will post more awful pictures when i see some results.