I just found this forum and it seems to have a lot of information. My only experience with aquariums is breeding tanks years ago (bettas and guppies)
I set up a 10 gallon tank in my office at work and its nothing pretty. Bare and looks like a breeding tank since that’s all i have experience with. I currently keep important Japanese guppies in my 10 gallon tank and plan to eventually move them over to the new aquascape once I get everything dialed in.
Aquascaping has intrigued me for a while but it always seemed like too much work and can get expensive. I have enough expensive hobbies that my wallet doesnt need anymore, but I finally got tired of looking at my bare tank at work.
I found a 29 gallon Top Fin set up with a stand off of craigslist that i bought for $30 so that’s what I’m going to try starting with. (I like that a stand was included)
I know the lighting sucks (24 inch 18w T8 florescent bulb), but since I’m going with a low light plant set up at first, i might be able to make due until i get some experience and know what 'I’m doing before upgrading everything. Trying to keep costs as low as possible for now while i make my mistakes.
Right now I’m looking at substrates (would like something black) and taking the recommendations of a previous thread keeping my plant species down to 4 low light species.
I’m looking at the following plants
Java moss (already have in my tank)
Java Fern (Windelov possibly)
anubias nana (or a similar leafy type)
chain leaf sword
in regards to substrate I’m using Seachem Flourite and i plan to go with a island type design
im looking at one of these two pieces of driftwood (obviously cut down to fit)
theres also this third piece that fits right on top of the island
Any suggestions so far would be great. I hope to update this thread as i progress with the tank. constructive criticism is welcome.
Thanks in advance