Disclaimer: My camera/picture quality is awful and does not do the colours justice.
Though not new to fish tanks or plants, this is my first planted tank. I'm playing with it, and learning how to work with aquatic plants. So far they're pretty much like terrestrial plants, imo.
Tank as of 29-2-16
-Cascade 700 canister filter (coarse & fine floss, ceramic bio rings, purigen & fine floss) w/coarse pre-filter
-Finnex Planted+ 24/7 36"
-Eheim Jager heater (kept at ~74F/23C)
-ActivFlora Floracor Black substrate
(?= might have... won't know for sure on some of these until they grow out a bit)
Alternanthera ficoidea (Green Hedge); emersed with roots in the tank
Echinodorus 'Red Flame'
Eleocharis (maybe parvula)
Hydrocotyle tripartita "Japan"
Red Tiger Lotus
# Assorted snails
2 Black Neon Tetras
6 Black Phantom Tetras (1 long-fin)
2 Bolivian Rams, male
1 Bristlenose Pleco
3 Cherry Barbs
2 Florida Flagfish
1 Pygmy Cory
# Ramshorn snails (orange/red)
2 Rosy Tetras
2 Sparkling Gouramis, pair
3 Skunk Cories
1 Von Rio Tetra
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When my brother upgraded his cichlid tank, I got a surprise- free tank, stand, and canopy. We get along well, so he cleaned it and everything before giving it to me (he even delivered it to my front door). Once I bought my filter, tank was filled and got it going.
Flooded and began cycling October 2015
In December, substrate, driftwood, and finally lighting were added. Shortly after that, doinkmobb
announced he was moving and wanted to re-home his fish. He also gave me some plants (mostly crypts). Also added some hygro, a sword, and some green hedge growing out the top. Media from my long-running 29g was used to ensure that the tanks new inhabitants wouldn't suffer from the sudden addition. All the fish were happy and never lost colour or had pinned fins. I was very proud.
was offering some of his trimmings for sale, some of which I really wanted, so I bought and planted them. And that brings us up to date (14-1-16).
The rams are intensely curious and I'm enjoying them very much. When the first two stems went in, the cories all swam over and sat underneath them happily. ALL the fish are loving all the plants.
The moss is hanging out in a strainer until I can get cotton thread or glue to attach it to my driftwood- one of the gouramis found his/her way in and seems very happy surrounded by the green. Soon, they will be moved to a smaller tank along with the pygmy cory to both show them off and give them their own environment away from the 'big' fish.
I enjoy watching the fish and plants. My entire family goes over and says, "Where's the snail?!?" ...