first tank i've ever seriously 'scaped. whole thing took about 10hrs to put together, mainly because of mistakes and shenanigans.
everything in this tank was found by myself (my dad found the centerpiece for me tho, but that still counts right? :3). agates are hand-picked from my personal collection. all driftwood & agates were collected on the oregon coast near my parent's beach house. i'll spare you pictures of the cleaning processes.
tank: tetra 20H, my dad helped clean up the silicone
stand: antique 6-drawer mirrored french dresser, aka can hold most things aside from small livestock.
substrate: ~45lbs eco-complete black
filter: fluval aquaclear 30 HOB
heater: 100w ViaAqua ceramic heater
lighting: 24" finnex planted+
ferts: excel 3x weekly, flourish 2x weekly.
so here's the tank before i really started doing anything with it. was treating the tank for ich, waited for treatment to complete before re-scaping. pretty much tossed in some driftwood and plants & called it good, moved everything up from a 10g that is now my hospital tank.
impressive, i know.
added another 20lbs eco-complete over the preexisting ~25lbs.
everything drained, playing with shapes. excuse the gross black construction paper background, the mirror behind it was making photos difficult.
dry start, wasn't that happy with the hardscape but settled. later when i went to flood the tank, the driftwood that had been boiled & soaked and had previously sunk decided to float & just about uproot everything with it.
time to start over again...
2.5 hours of tying rocks to sticks with fishing line later....
i'm very happy with the new scape, it has a depth and flow to it that the other design didn't. i'm actually using 5 pieces of driftwood here; one is being used as an anchor but peaks out from under the substrate in some places. the other one is also an anchor/counterweight for the "bridge" branch. luckily i had agates large enough to serve as anchor stones & still blend in.
half filled & planted. really liking how one end of the driftwood is floating (actually an accident, didn't tie a rock very well...); i like the idea of the scape naturally shifting and settling as the wood slowly sinks back to where it originally was.
right after filling: