I made the journal a while after setting up the tank. Also some of my pictures disappeared and I had to delete some of the entries because there were no pictures to go with them.
Here's a list of all of the materials. Every time I buy something for the tank, I will add it to this list. The list does not include fish, fish food, or plant fertilizers.
Two 10 watt fluorescent light bulbs: about $10
Tank which came with light, and old filter, which I don't use anymore:$30
Bogwood (currently not using): $11
Gravel (only use part of it now): $6
Play sand (40lbs): $2.39
New Filter: $26
Banana plants: $5
2 unknown plants: $4.50
Dwarf cup rotala: $2.30
Hornwort: got from friend
Pheonix moss: got from pond, bleached
Micro sword: $5
Thermometer (hidden behind filter): $1.50
3 crayfish (gave them away): $2.25
10 ghost shrimp: $1
It all adds up
I changed the substrate to play sand. I bought a 40 pound bag at Wal-Mart for less than two and a half bucks. I took out the bogwood because it kept growing this slime on it which kept getting on my plants. My micro sword wasn't growing very well in the gravel. I hope it will grow better in the play sand. Also, the dwarf cup rotala grew a lot better. In the previous picture, where it is to the right of the bogwood, it looks nothing like in this picture, where it is to the right of the anacharis. The tank looks like a little stream. I like how I took that picture with the ripples on top of the water. I want the Egeria densa (anacharis) to grow taller so that it will look like in the second picture. Don't know what to do with that ugly little clump of moss. My micro sword and my 2 unknown plants are starting to grow some algae on them. I don't know how to remove it. I don't want to bleach them. Now I'll start write down the date.
I put the bogwood back in, as requested. I'll give it another chance, but if I see any more slime, out it goes. Sorry for the bad picture. When the water clears up, I will update it. I also took out one of the unknown plants. It was an algae magnet. I also miss the blackwater look that the bogwood gave to the tank. I want to get some South American fish, but I can't because the tiger barb might pick on them. He doesn't pick on the molly though. For some reason, my hygro, I don't know exactly what kind it is, the leaves are melting at the tips. I also added a little more sand.
I got 10 ghost shrimp. 7 of them are berried. Don't know how to breed them. Need some advice.
I also took out the mopani wood and added some brushwood and a coconut shell.
I'm having trouble adding an image because of my new web browser.
UPDATE: This tank is not in service anymore. I now have a 20 gallon tall.