Hello all! This is a rescape of my 5 gallon eclipse corner tank. It's the home of one pugnacious betta and a couple of low-lying ottos. The tank was originally set up in October of last year (2007), when I had no clue to how to set-up a planted tank. However, it was quite successful for someone so ignorant:
The tank has a 15 watt fluorescent CF and is dosed daily with Flourish Excel. There are a couple of SeaChem undergravel tabs and also dosed occasionally with Fluorish comprehensive supplement and Fluorish Iron (yay for 3-for-1 savings packages
However, after many months perusing the planted tank (informed by a fellow planted tank enthusiast here in Pullman; trust me there aren't many here!) I started to want to play with more hardscape. I was especially influenced by the absolutely beautiful AGA tanks...but there is no way in the world I could afford such a thing right now!
Here is the boiling of my favorite piece of driftwood. My roommates thought I was crazy
Caught the betta!
Begin dismantling! How sad
Kept everything in large cooler to protect them.
Here is the initial placement of the driftwood and a rock I found on the sidewalk while getting groceries. I tried to simulate a stump and an overgrown root surrounding a small clearing. I also pushed the substrate back in an effort to create depth. I ended up making a sort of cave with the second piece of driftwood, and I really liked the shadows it cast.
Sorry for the cloudy water...d*mn fluorite! Lol, I really rinsed it prior to use too...when the tank is running, there is no cloudiness, but any great disturbance causes this mass distribution of silt. I planted a lot by feel, lol!
Planting! Basically putting all my plants back with a lot more knowledge of how large they would be and how tolerant they are of the tank conditions. The vals were moved to the left front of the tank so that the long slender leaves would not be caught in the outflow of the eclipse overhead filter, and the bronze wendtii was moved in the back before it dominated the foreground.
The final product. I am not sure how to get rid of the glare of the flash on the bowfront acrylic, but this is the best image I could get. There is bacopa, tall java ferns, and a bronze wendtii hiding in the background that I hope will fill in as a nice backdrop, and I can't wait until the vals and the wrinkled java ferns spread a little bit. The anubia is attached to the top of the "stump" by thin black thread, and the small anubia in the front has its roots in the substrate and its rhizome above ground.
Anyone have any suggestions? I don't think I could find a groundcover that would grow short enough with this amount of light (which I am loathe to change), though any ideas would be welcome and probably experimented with. Placement of plants, hardscape, forseeable problems...all are welcome!!!
Thank you for your time,