Soo...I just joined the forum a few days ago, and I'm pretty excited about joining the world of planted tanks
I've decided to start with two planted tanks, and this "journal" will be about my smallest tank, 5.5 gallon.
I wish I could create an amazing aquascape like so many I see here, but I know that will take time... I'll take it a step at a time. I'll post of pic of the starting point (an embarrassing mess!) so that we can (hopefully) see a big improvement!
Right now, the tank is a growout for about 20 celestial pearl danio fry. I don't do much with fry tanks--usually it just has a huge clump of java moss, but I dumped in a piece of driftwood and planted a couple things that were floating, just for the picture. Even then, it's a huge embarrassing mess! I'd like to think that this is in no way indicative of how the tank will look when I'm actually trying to make it look good
So, here's the tank:
I covered the intake with some filter floss, and it gets clogged really easily. I clean it every 2-3 days though.
So, now for my plan:
I'll be going to home depot this weekend to look for that 27 watt hampton bay lamp. Is this a good amount of light for the tank? I know the rules don't work on small tanks. I just hope my cats don't figure out that I've left the tank open...
Here's the current substrate, and I'll be adding more:
It's a large grain all-purpose sand. I'll use root tabs there.
Ok, I haven't thought about much else at the moment, so we'll have to see where this goes... I'll be going to my LFS this weekend and they always have tons of plants.