1st attempt at a medium sized, medium light planted tank. Every bit of this is new to me.
Lights-Coralife Aqualight PC. 4 x 65W 67k (5hrs 130W & 3hrs 260W)
Substrate-Mineralized top soil, capped with Play Sand.
Co2-DIY temporarily-pressurized in 2 weeks.
Flourish temporarily until roots take hold.
2~Clown Loaches (Soon to be 3, would like 5 but think 72Gs isnt enough.)
Microsorum Pteropus Narrow
Lemna Minor "Lesser Duckweed"
3 types of grass, still searching for name :P
And a couple others maybe users can identify so i can add to list haha.
About 8 months ago i was browsing youtube when i came across a video showcasing planted tanks. I became totally obsessed instantly. So i searched for more pictures and videos, and i came across a video with Amano teaching a class. In this video he said to check out forums about this hobby so i did and found The Planted Tank.
I set up a low light, gravel, planted tank with a 29G i had access to. It worked out nicely for me, but wasnt enough.
This is the 29g, with half of the lights on so i could get a picture. Sorry all pictures are on my cell phone, my camera broke and i am on a shoe string budget, and all my money goes to supplies and what not lol. <---ADDICTED!
Found my new tank on craigslist, then did research here at the forums on how to mineralize topsoil to save money (for a pressurized co2 system).
The new tank, didnt come with a stand. But did have a glass top and filter.(new filter will be bought soon
I used my spare room to dry the soil which i dug out of my back yard lol 2 times and dried it outside the other 2 times.
Now it was time to build a stand (yes build, im a broke bastage haha). I only bought a bit of lumber and screws and used stuff i had laying around the house. Cost me $12. I have never built anything in my life so i enlisted the help of my good friend Skye to work out the kinks and show me the way. He did 90% of the work!
And here it is with the tank on top.
Now it was time to try the top soil out. Thank you to Coltonorr from these very forums for being gracious enough to send me some Potash. You Rock!
This is 5 minutes after filling
And this is a couple days later, almost all plants were bought from swap and shop from user-Jeremy VanderKelen. Very very generous person is the least i can say.
More pics and info to come!