Howdy all. Figured I'd start a online log for my first real planted tank.
-Top Fin 5 gallon integrated
-Dirt with gravel cap
-Pressurized co2 with Aquatek premium regulator
-Finnex 12" Planted Plus and Finnex Stingray clip light
The tank has made several transformations throughout the past 10 months due to my lazy/half-jacked attempts.
It hit all my needs perfectly. I wanted it to sit on my dresser, beside my television. Fit like a glove.
Initially I tried the dry start method with dwarf baby tears. Tank was dirted and capped with play sand.
Things went well at first, then it started dying in mass clumps daily.
Finally I got frustrated, ripped it all out, tossed in a few fish with just the rock hardscape and left it alone.
Two or three months went by, and I decided to tackle it again. This happened.
I was pleased, things grew fine, but I still wasn't happy. I planted some s.repens as a carpet plant, and shortly after I got hit hard with cyano bacteria. I let it ride out for a few weeks.
Fast forward to now. I decided if I'm doing it, I'm doing it 110%, not half jacked like I've been doing for almost a year.
Caleb, aka IAmACoolGuy hooked me up on his old pressurized co2 setup. I'm awaiting arrival of a Finnex light which should be here tomorrow. I changed substrate, rescaped, and replanted the tank last night.
Here's the tank now.
Still needs a few plants obviously. Heres what we have so far, and what I'm thinking of adding.
I will likely tear the vals out, as I'm not sure I'll like them in the end. Recommendations for stem plants?
If you've read this all, I am looking for comments, suggestions and criticism please. Let's hear it folks!
Bump: The tank was planted with the Monte Carlo and everything on September 19. This photo was taken October 4. 15 short days and I've got crazy growth from the MC!
I removed the vals, and tossed in some rotala rotundifolia and cabomba to help take up some empty space for now.