i tried to get out of the planted tank part of the hobby by selling my 30g tank that was flourishing under low light for about half a year. the next thing was supposed to be breeding killies. but as i was retouching my 29g for putting it up on craigslist (the last "big" tank after i sold off the 75g), somehow i didn't want to part with it (Just when I thought I was out
... they pull me back in...).
hence i ordered some plants on aquabid, and some cheap driftwood on ebay, and thought i'd start this as a lowtech tank. and that's how the ball started rolling.
i wanted to keep the lighting simple, so shoplights and GE daylight T12's from walmart seemed to be a good choice. substrate was about one and a half bags of fluorite, and the rest pool filter sand. rocks were already collected from the university's grounds....hehe...and since i'd already painted the back of the tank with spray paint that resembled the rock's texture, i kept it as it was.
i had a pressurised co2 setup beforehand, so i refilled it and fed it into the fangs of a rio600. the driftwood needed some pursuation, but finally sank. the plants are mainly from kind people on the forum. tall sag and taiwan moss from imeridian, anubia nana 'eyes' courtsey agutt, some echinodorous quadricostatus from eleontie...there are also some fast growers in there that i took out from the pic...and i will definitely take out the filter the next time...(many thanks to my photographer buddy for his kaboom-ic photographic skills...
so here's the tank after three weeks...the christmas moss on the driftwood came in a sorry state, and is recovering slowly...there's an empty spot behind the driftwood on the right that needs something in it...the tall sag needs to grow in a bit...and the list goes on an on...:-D...