Hey all. I'm pretty much a newbie around here and to the planted tank hobby, but I've always been ambitious and adventurous and it's not gonna change when it comes to this. I've been in the fish hobby roughly 7 years already and have kept african cichlids mostly on a very limited college student budget (which was a feat in itself).
So now, with a somewhat recent trip to Japan last year and seeing some amazing planted tanks (no, i didn't get to see the amano tank, i didn't even know they existed then), I've decided to get my hands in on a planted tank.
As of right now, I've been playing around with a 10 gal tank I had lying around to get my bearings and figure out the right ways of doing things. I guess I'm going through the usual newbie troubles of algae bouts and slow growth, but things are turning around as I learn more and more every day from this forum. I will be adding DIY CO2 to the 10 gal tank soon and will be dosing ferts as soon as it comes in. With a little time, I'm sure my 10 gal will grow in really well and make a very nice home for my dwarf puffer and cherry shrimp.
So enough with my little introduction. This photo journal is about my 30 gal tank. As of right now, I have nothing to show for except an empty tank and equipment. Unfortunately, I had some troubles with my lights as my strip light came with two broken bulbs and the extra bulb i ordered also came broken.
Sucks, but I called in the broken bulb and they said they'd send out a new one. I still need to call about my strip light and see what they can do for me there.
My 30 gal tank is a standard tank. It's only 12" deep, which doesn't give me many options to really give any depth to an aquascape. So in order to do so, I'm going to try to take advantage of perspective with plant sizes to give a feeling of depth.
The scene I would like to create is a "sacred tree" scene. I ordered a piece of driftwood from drsfosterandsmith and wasn't too happy with the piece I got at first. But after looking at it a bit, I saw an aged, great tree trunk. My vision is this. Imagine yourself walking through the woods and you suddenly come across an opening. The land is green and sloping with lots of dense foliage in the distance. A small creek shimmers by with tiny white rapids from the distant forest down the sloping hills off into the distance where it vanishes into more woods. Then upon this cliff like hill, stands a great, aged tree. Growing valiantly on its own upon the hill.
It's pretty difficult to envision i'm sure, but that's the best I can describe it. I will be posting pictures as the hardscape and planting begins. As of right now, I painted the back of my tank with black paint. I also modified my piece of driftwood a bit by drilling into it and adding bamboo chopstick pieces as branches. I intend to tie moss (not sure which yet, probably xmas) to all the branches of the tree and let it grow out and fill out the top of the tree. I plan on doing HC for the green sloping hills. And other plants, i'm not sure yet.
I hope this will become an active thread some day like so many other great ones i've read here already. I'll be sure to update this soon with details on equipment, setup, etc. I will post a sketch of my vision if I have time. Until then...