Anmaera Pheon (pronounced ahn-May-ehra FEE-on) literally means Miniature Ocean. It comes from a language I am working on. Yes, I'm making an entire new language (though I doubt anyone other than me will ever use it..)
My 10-gallon had a past life that was absolutely terrible. It had obviously fake ornaments and a FAKE PLANT. I now wince even when typing those two words. Fauna was one black bullhead catfish named The Eliminator.
But here's a picture of the 10-gallon in the horrible past life:
It was also horribly dirty.
Then I moved the catfish into a 29 gallon tank and bought my first live plant, an anubius, and decided that I would have no more fake plants.
Then I found out about aquascaping. It blew my mind. So I spent the next three months contemplating, questioning, and absorbing as much knowledge as my brain would allow. Which brings me here.
I'm revitalizing the 10-gallon, making it a planted tank, and I can't wait to get started! But I know patience is key with aquascaping, so I'm not going to rush into it, rather, I'm going to bide my time and gradually add different elements necessary for a successful planted tank.
So, I've started. Here's where I stand:
Flora- One small Anubius
Hardscape- two medium-sized white rocks and three small pieces clustered in a corner
CO2- none added yet (looking into DIY yeast method)
Filter- something ancient that I found to churn the water around just long enough so that I can buy a decent filter (going to Petsmart and the LFS tomorrow)
Lighting- One 60 watt lamp, turned on its side to shine across the whole aquarium (also going to buy a light fixture at either Petsmart or the LFS)
There's probably some important parameter I've forgotten...
Oh yeah, pH! I currently don't have a very accurate test kit, but it says my water is between 6.8 and 7.2, so it isn't that bad. (Again, going to buy a good test kit at the LFS or Petsmart)
So, without further ado, here it is! (there's not much to see, though)
The Germ-X is being used to show that I don't have a background yet. (When I do, I'm probably just going to get a plain black one)
View from front (filter makes a lot of bubbles)
View from the top (the things on the surface of the water are air bubbles, because I turned the filter off like two minutes before)
The small anubius and the small pile of rocks in the corner.
My pathetic Lighting system
Another pic of interest, a small shoot of what I presume to be an anubius piece that fell and grew roots, since it is the only aquatic plant I own at the moment, grew, and now it's about a half an inch tall.
As far as plans for the aquascape go, I'm going to get some riccia fluitans and tie it onto the rocks (except the small pile) and buy some glosso as a carpet. (yes, I know it needs high light and CO2, I'm not going to make the common newbie mistake of "Anything must be able to go into my tank!") Also, I'm going to have several larger plants towards the back. (Haven't decided what they'll be yet)
As far as fauna goes, I'll stick with some type of tetra as the main type, but I'm also getting some type of shrimp (either Amano or CRS) and probably a vietnamese algae eater (I think it was Vietnamese, might be wrong though)
Anyway, for those of you that read this entire thing (or even most of it)
Comments are appreciated.
May the plants always grow in your favor,
The Real Orange Juice, A.K.A. Robert Stevens