After many weeks of researching, reading, and lurking on these forums, I decided over the holiday break to try my hand at my first planted aquarium. I'm starting out with a 6 gallon low-tech nano tank, with low lighting and no CO2.
I bought the majority of my equipment used from a dude on craigslist, including the tank, lights, and unused aquasoil substrate. I'm thinking I'll upgrade piecemeal as I figure things out.
- 6 gallon Do!Aqua Cube Garden rimless tank
- Two Archaea 17cm LED light fixtures
- AquaClear 2 Power Filter
- Aquasoil Amazonia substrate
I've set up the tank on my kitchen bar-height counter. This positioning provides solid viewing from three sides (front, back, and left) and creates some interesting challenges for aquascaping.
Here's the hardscape prior to tank filling, with ADA Aquasoil Amazonia substrate and Seiryu stones in a pseudo-Iwagumi layout.
Here's the Archaea LED lights and HOB AquaClear filter. I'm concerned the lighting may be too low for good plant growth, but they look nice and bright when they are both on (although the light is a little on the blue-ish white side for my tastes). These lights will probably be the first thing I upgrade.
Here's my starting plant list.
And some shots of the planted tank. I found it pretty tough to separating the plants, clean out all the bits of rockwool, and get the roots to stick in the soil. Overall, my planting job looks pretty amateur compared to some of the tanks I see on here, but so far its been a lot of fun.