Yup that's right, this is the first planted tank I've ever done. I entered this hobby enticed by pictures I'd seen of Takashi Amano's works, and set off to make one of my own (or at least something like it). I was soon to be reminded however, that it is always much harder than it looks...
Tank Details: 20 Gallon Long - 30¼ x 12¾ x 12¾ (in)
Lighting: 36in T5HO 2x39w 7500k
Co2: 5#, Stock Milwaukee Reg Valve, Clippard Solenoid. Ebay glass
diffuser dispersed by 201 powerhead. Lighting - 8hrs, co2-9hrs
Filtration/Flow: Oldskool Fluval 204 and Aqua 201 powerhead
Flora: I liked the grassy look I'd seen so I chose accordingly. I wanted something to contrast the greens and match the rocks, so in came the lotus and ludwigia. Eleocharis was a natural decision. There are some good and poor plant choices I've realized I made, some concerning scale and others growth rate. My riccia started from a spoonful the lfs attendant gave me for free. Said: "It's probably not enough to survive, but good luck!"
Nymphaea lotus 'Zenkeri'
Fauna: 31 Inhabitants. Went with "safe" fish, and a heavy duty cleanup crew. I <3 the rasboras big time!
5 Neon Tetras (Paracheirodon innesi)
4 Fire Rasbora (Rasboroides vaterifloris)
3 Otos (Otocinclus vittatus)
10 Amano Shrimp (Caridina japonica)
5 Nerite Snails (Neritina reclivata)
Since I set this up a little more than a month ago, to begin I have a series of photos. I don't have setup pics but I start snappin' em not too long after setup.
9.28 Notice the blue hue. I was running one actinic for a little bit.
10.13 I think I used a POS camera for these ones.
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