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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-21-2013, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval Spec SW Florida native biotope

Hello everyone, tanks been up for a couple weeks and I decided I need to start a journal for it as it seems to change all the time. I had this tank set up previously with my lovely late betta and didn't have much luck with the plants I had in it so now I'm giving it another try. Ever since I was a kid I loved catching little fish and minnows, so I thought why not make a planted tank with what's directly available to me in my backyard? This is my result.

-1 female heterandria formosa.
- roughly ten ghost shrimp.
- couple pond snails.

As for plants as of yet I have:

- azolla caroliniana
- bacopa monnieri
- eleocharis parvula
- pistia stratioes

I have my substrate set up with a layer of organic mix capped with sugar sand. Rocks were collected at the beach, most likely fossils of some kind. The driftwood I'm not sure what kind but I collected it on a kayak/camping trip on a cape outside of Marco Island. I use no heater as they are natives. Lighting is a clip on Finnex 26w.

Been trying to catch a couple more h. Formosa but the last attempt failed. I caught the first one with a lot of gambusia when I visited two different ponds and a ditch so.. I don't exactly recall which she came from. Hopefully I will have a little more luck on future outings.

Sorry for a lackluster beginning photo but it was taken by my phone and was prior to the addition of bacopa. I hope to take some more worthwhile photos soon with my real camera, once I position the plants a little better and visit my moms as she has a computer! Overall I must say I am enjoying this little tank... It is exciting going out not knowing what you're going to discover. And just goes to show you don't have to make a trip to the pet store or spend money on a planted tank, as we have beauty already here!

Current photo (minus bacopa) with crappy phone.

Taken before with my Nikon. It was only a rock bottom so I decided to redo it with a soil bottom for the plants, and the sugar sand cap with arbitrary bits of plant matter is reminiscent of many Florida streams and springs.

And of my lone h. Formosa. I think she is cute nevertheless.

That is all for now. Looking forward and hoping the plants grow in well!

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Looking really nice, maybe you can find more minnows or pygmy sunfish. Makes me miss FL, I didn't appreciate the aquarium possibilities!
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This is a really cool idea, I was always in the rivers and ponds as a kid too! Aesthetic scape too!
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