Here's some background on this tank: I am actually "babysitting" it for my freind who's teaching English in S. Korea. I've had it since August '05, and there have been massive changes.
My goal for the tank: make my first high-tech tank and grow as many species as possible.
What it came with: 2x20w NO fluorescent lights in homemade canopy, Hagen Ladder co2 system, and large (10 mm) gravel for substrate. The tank was very mature when I got it, with only a little algae troubles. Inhabitants:
-chineses algae eater
-2 serpae tetras
-2 rosy barbs
Now I just want to keep the fish alive, I'm more concerned about growing plants
The photos begin. . . .
This is how the tank arrived!
I thinned it out a little . . . okay, a lot.
My first real attempt at an aquascape.
A bit of growout
Another attempt at an "aquascape".
Some minor changes, a different angle.
I got some new species (rotala, ludwigia) and just let it go!
And then REALLY let it go!
Getting too thick . . .
After this weekend's 'scape and trim.
Looking through this one myself, I see an increase in plant growth & placement, but also a big difference in photography. I didn't know much about picturing PT's when I started . . . . but halfway through I lost my camera and was forced to use a Kodak Easyshare (low end)! Suffice it to say, I've got a long way to go with the photographing aspect, as that last picture is really washed out . . .
Here's the current flora:
# Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)
# Java Moss (Vesicularia dubyana)
# Cryptocoryne becketti
# Dwarf Sag (Sagittaria subulata)
# Ludwigia Repens (narrowleaf variety)
# Anubias (Anubias barteri var. nana 'Petite')
# Narrow-leaf chain sword (Echinodorus tenellus)
# Rotala rotundifolia
# Alternanthera reineckii "rosaefolia"
# Blyxa japonica
# Hydrocotyle leucocephala
# Heteranthera zosterifolia (stargrass)
# Micranthemum umbrosum
# Myriophyllum mattogrossense
# Potamogeton gayi (my current favorite!)
# Ludwigia Brevipes
# Ludwigia Inclanata
# Pogostemon Stellatus
# Rotala Ramosior
Also, i just hooked up 3 blue LED moonlights yesterday, and they are great! I'd suggest them to anyone who's ever soldered something before! Unfortunately, I haven't figured out the trick to capturing them on film yet. . . .
You can see more info on the tank at http://www.ernestjohn.com/29gal.html
Thanks for looking, and comments are welcome!