Welcome to my 10g journal. After my 75g mbuna tank journal, I felt I had something to live up to in new tank journals. Here we go...
MultipleTankSyndrome has set in. Badly. I hope it does not progress any further. My marriage may be at stake.
This tank is a philosophical statement.
I've come to the conclusion that a lot of planted tank people take themselves waaaay to seriously (myself included). If you know anything about major trends in art, you'll know that representational art has been dead for, oh, about 100 years. Aquascaping is (mostly) a representational art; S.Chong on this site is a good example of the this representationalism. This might not apply to Dutch-style tanks, as they are more botanical gardens than trying to recreate natural spaces. I hope that this tank meets the high standards of aquascapers, yet at the same time, is a satire of the artform. Perhaps somewhat like some of Oliver Knott's stuff, such as this gem:
This tank is representational, but not of any natural place here on planet earth. It is a representation of Planet Crypto (Planted Crypto). The planet is very craggy with lots of rocks and rubble. The plant lacks great biological diversity. The only known local plant species are: Cryptocoryne affinis,Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green Gecko',Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya',Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Red', Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Bronze', Potamogeton gayi, Monosolenium tenerum 'Pellia', Marimo balls, and Taxiphyllum barbieri ‘Java Moss’. The planet's inhabitants are the herbivorous 1 otto cat, 1 olive nerite snail, and 1 albino bristlenose pleco. The planet's intelligent life is 8 ghost shrimp, with sophisticated exoskeletal armor, prepared to defend themselves against what have you. Recently, 3 dwarf puffers were traveling near Planet Crypto and experienced technical difficulties with their spacecraft. They had to crash land and are now in an Intergalactic Battle of Epic Proportions on Planet Crypto against the might ghost shrimp. They are armed to teeth (and only with teeth) and protected by bubble suits. It is anyone's guess who will win. All that is known is that it is to the death. There is rumor of a battalion of Red Cherry Shrimp reinforcements being deployed to the area should the Puffers win the initial battle.
View of Planet Crypto's Sun:
The terrain of Planet Crypto:
The Plant Life
A view of the planet from space:
A detailed view of the planet:
10g Generic Tank.
20g Aquaclear Filter.
50w Generic Heater.
Limestone Rocks. Driftwood. Small Spacecraft I found on the street.
$8.50 WalMart 34w 30" shoplight.
I had everything lying around except the light. Total project cost: $9.00 with tax.
Grow out will be slow due to low light. But that is what I want. A low tech, low maintenance crypt tank sitting in the kitchen. Light cycle is at night, it is our kitchen's night light.