After taking a break from tanks for a little while, a few months back I was at my local Petco and saw they had some of those 6.6 gallon bookshelf tanks in stock. I always liked them but never had a chance to get one because my store never carried them and I couldn't find one online. I saw it and had to get it. I had some seiryu stone laying around I had never used and figured this would be the perfect tank for it.
Here is what it looked like with stock light and hardscape. Stock light was way to pink/red for my liking. I think it was a 2,700k or 3,000k.
Quickly ran out and picked up a 6,700k from Lowes.
Wasn't sure what I wanted to plant in it. Took a trip to a couple places around me (Petco, Petsmart, a few LFS's) and ended up with some DHG and crested java fern. Oh, and two nerites as well.
I gave the plants a little time to establish. No co2, so growth was/is slow. After a few weeks, I decided I wanted some wood and some more plants. Found a nice piece of spiderwood added a type of anubias, s. repens and a couple small crypts. Moved the crested java fern and some of the DHG around.
Much more happy with this set up, I decided to leave everything alone at this point and finish the cycle so I could put some fish in. Once the cycle completed, I went an picked up 7 flame tetras. Only when I got home, I realized there were 8. Score! However, I prefer my schools to be odd numbers, so once I made sure everyone was healthy and the tank was stabilized, I'd have to go get one or three more. But first, here are the 8 in their new home.
These guys were in the tank for about 3 weeks and doing great. Eating well, parameters are solid. I wasn't happy with the plant coverage though, so I picked up a couple more. A bit of val, and a couple stems of Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus.
One of the new plants came with a bladder snail. We'll see if there are more (I'm sure there will be more). All that was left was to even (odd) out my school, and add my "centerpiece." Picked up one more flame tetra along with a flame dwarf gourami.
And the most recent FTS with everyone settled in.