Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
My first planted tank - 10g
Hello all. I've lurked on this forum for what seems like years, occasionally posting here and there. This is the first time I've started a thread and I wanted to share my first planted tank. I've learned a lot from this site and others like it, and am very happy with my tank. This tank originally was set up as an emersed HC tank, but I ended up with a mold problem from all the moisture. After scrubbing the tank and replacing the substrate I converted the tank in to an emersed microsword setup. That did really well and just about the time that I had established a nice "lawn" I moved and decided to go in a different direction. After getting the tank setup in the new place I went on a search for the perfect piece of driftwood, I ended up with a tree trunk of sorts that I think is an amazing piece. I then ordered a 36 watt bright kit from ahsupply with one of their enclosures. After getting the hardscape placed and the light ready I began my search for plants. I wanted to use fairly small leaved plants to make the tank appear larger than 10 gallons. I had mixed sucess with this and ended up with bocopa caroliana, rotala rotundifolia, and two cryptocorynes. There was initially some needle leaf ludwigia as well, but that was removed. I also attached some java moss to a piece of slate and hid it in the back of the tank for the shrimp I was planning on putting in.
Anyways, on to the pictures. They are pretty bad quality as they were taken with a cell phone camera. The first few are the worst, the last one is slightly better because I used a newer phone. The first three are from the initial setup, they were taken on 10/26, the most recent one was taken on 1/2. Obviously the tank needs a trim and a cleaning (especially the glass) I'll be sure to add more photos after that is done.