Before i start with my thread I would just like to say thanks for all of the information, i have spent hours reading your tank journals and they have inspired me to build a tank, so thank you all for that!
7 Gallon rimless
Green Element EVO12 Clip On LED Light
Random rocks from the garden
Anubias Barterii Var Nana
Dwarf Hair Grass
Growing out in another tank.
African Water Fern (Bolbitis heudelotii)
Starting my tank setup has been a bit of a journey with lots of mistakes and lots of lessons.
I wanted to start a planted tank, instead of jumping straight into it and buying a large tank, i thought i would try and do a cheap small planted tank. I ended up finding my tank on a local auction site and managed to pick it up for about 10 US dollars second hand, it also came with a Eheim 50w heater and a small filter/pump.
first i thought it would be a good idea to test out the tank so i filled it with water and chucked the heater and filter in for a few days, i found that the tank had no leaks and the heater worked, but the filter sucked, so i poped out and brought a in tank Eheim pickup 60.
I started with some base gravel and built up the base in the areas i thought i wanted higher than others, then i used the Seachem Flourite to create a planting layer, i should have moved the gravel away from the front of the tank but i had not yet learnt this trick, so the front of the tank looks a bit messy but there isnt much im going to do about this now.
Gravel and Seachem Flourite
First fill with water, pretty murky.. the Eheim filter didn't actually clean the tank up much at all
I planted the hair grass and Hygrohila polysperma just anywhere really, no plan of where things were to go really, it also took a few days for the water to clear up, and a few water changes also helped with this, at this point i was ready to throw the Eheim filter out and look for something else.
Also managed to pick up a Green Element EVO12 Clip On LED Light which suited my needs or what i thought were my needs at the time i brought it. I liked the clip on style and it had 10k led lights with a night setting.
I also picked up a new HOB filter, however pretty much as soon as i got it my bristle nose managed to get into the filter by swiming up the return, i did block the port off with some sponge but this slowed the flow down to much, so i brought a small SUNSUN 603b filter.
bristle nose swimming up the filter return..
I also found that the light was to bright for the Hygrohila polysperma and was causing the tops of the plants to go brown so i built a small stand for the light to sit on which raised it 4 or 5 inches from the tank, this seems to have fixed the issue.
I also placed some rocks in the tank, not sure if they will stay in there or if ill replace them with driftwood or something else yet.
Please make constructive suggestions and comments.