This is my first time posting, so here's a little bit about me. I am a recent college graduate and currently in pursue of Vet School. I am volunteering at a animal hospital these days for some experience, which led to my first planted tank...How? Good thing about working at the vets is that you get a lot of free stuff, bird cages, pet carriers, puppies and even FISH TANKs. A generous lady recently dropped off 2 10g fish tanks at the hospital. Since I got the tanks, I began gathering the materials. I knew that I needed some ADA aqua soil, after hearing all the fantastic thing about it. When people in this forum says expensive...they mean expensive. After spending $50 dollar on these soil... I pretty much went out of money for other things. So I decided on some sponge filters and some 6500K light bulb from walmart since they are both relatively cheap...
After gathering all the materials, I knew that I want to try out both a rock scape and driftwood scape. Well...rock and wood cost a lot in the aquarium business too....
so with 2 pieces of driftwood and some rocks I was able to go home and try out the "hardscape" not sure if this is the right word. And it looked something like this:
The driftwood scape is pretty much the same with some driftwood on the right side and there's no slop in the soil.
Next step is to pick out the plants for these aquariums. Since I already spend almost $100 dollars on these stuff, that leaves me about 20bucks for plants...after search through dozens of petco and petsmart, I realized how tough it is to get some decent plant in the inland empire area... finally I found a local fish store and the owner recommended some java fern and java moss since they are really easy to take care of. After hours of tying plant of the rocks and plants...
it turned out looking like this:
(sorry about the poor quality, I don't have a camera)
I fill the tanks up with water from the vending machines (DI water)? and although I have no heater in the tanks, they are around 70F. I am planning to add DIY CO2 in both tanks as soon as I have some extra money.
The tip of my java fern is sticking out of the water, are the leaves going to dry up?
Is 70F too low for plants?
What are some other types of plants you guys recommend?
What do you think about them so far?
These are nothing like some of the tanks on this forum, but I did put a lot of effort in it, so any comments will help.
Also I am looking for any extra clipping that you don't need.. I am willing to pay for the shipping, as it's almost impossible to get plants out here... Anything helps and you will see picture of them in this post!
A kitty that we just delivered today! GOOD LUCK IN LIFE~
Thank you for reading this!