*if you want to skip this and see where im at there is an update on page 3 (5/11/09)
So after about 5 months of algae, and a little bit of extra cash... I think its time to try something new.
So as of now this is my sad excuse of a planted tank ( I know the water level is low when I took this >.< ) RIP
rest in pieces..( got to page 2 to find out more)
the algae is better than what it was.. but that was after heavy doses of hydrogen peroxide
I think my lack of money and urge to try and " jump right in" attitude is what sunk this ship. I have more money, I have some-what of a plan, and I hope for more success.
So, having an extra high tank makes things hard to 'scape', with a small footprint of 24"X12" the only place to go is up. which makes things harder to 'scape'. being some what of an artist, I drew some rough compositional sketches as my "plan" my goal is more plant mass.
I do not know what plants to put in there specifically so I just kinda scribbled them in hopefully you can get the "gist" of what Im trying to portray. Im planning on making a moss wall on the back because I saw how great some of those make the tank (AND because my tank is scratched to *&%$! from the previous owner, so the more I can cover up the better)
In the second sketch im really thinking about putting a mound in the back corner to add alittle interest. opinions?
Hows is duck weed as a ground cover? having a deep tank Im not sure how much light penetrates to the bottom so Im thinking of lowlight ground covers. will it even grow in the substrate? Ive only seen it floating.
So ANy Way, my old substrate is Unidentified softball dirt and pea gravel. and I hated trying to keep them separated so im going to keep it simple and stick to one kind. Personally I still have trouble getting myself to shelling out $30+for fluorite or Eco, or other types of substrates. so I found this at a local nursery for $9 a bag.
And the root tabs, $10 for 10 TABS? I dont think so..
$10 for 65 tabs is more like it :P
And im giving co2 injection a try. Since my tank is suffering from co2 fluctuations and a massive stag horn outbreak. So I bought this to keep levels consistent ( I hope )
that will have a tube going to a bubble counter then into a power head to defuse and circulate water better.
So that's all I got for now ladies and gents, maybe ill make progress this weekend.