I am new to the forums but I thought I would share my latest project. I am currently in the process of cycling my new 14 gallon tank and plan on turning into a fully planted shrimp tank. I have been at the hobby for only a couple years, but my wife has had tanks and been a fish fanatic for ever, and most of our tanks are a joint effort.
The tank is nothing special, a 14 gallon cheap Wal-Mart find. The filtration and lighting is handled by an Eclipse1 TL (twin lamp) that I found on clearance at a local pet supply shop (I guess the twin lamp models have been discontinued?). I am using a ATI FilterMax1 pre-filter to keep the shrimp safe (and make cleaning up floating plant bits easier). The heater is a Marineland Stealth 75W, but as soon as I can find something less obtrusive I will be switching it out. (Any Suggestions?)
As for the aquascaping it is still in the planning stage. I wanted to go with the Flourite black sand but could not find it anywhere locally, and shipping to Alaska is cost prohibitive. I ended up finding a product called Activ-Flora in black and am using that instead. I have no previous experience with this product as I have used either Flourite (messy) or RedSea Flora-Base (boring) in the past. The background is a Back To Nature slimline 3D background in white limestone, after scouring the Internet for days I managed to find a company in Europe that would ship them to the US cheaply.
Well that's all I have at the moment as I patiently cycle the tank and plan the next steps and what plants I am going to go with. Any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated, especially if you can recommend plants, give me aquascaping ideas, etc.