Looks like it'll be pretty cool buddy. I think you need to add a big red low-lying plant in there too. Like some kind of smaller crypt or something, that'll look real nice. Don't know that you need any wood or rocks, unless you wanted to add rocks here and there and make the substrate slope back or something. IDK, just some thoughts and you know how they go in this hobby
Heck, I redid my scape 6 times before I finally got pretty close to what I wanted. Good luck, should be pretty cool.
Thanks man. I finally have water in it today. I was just looking at plants in one of my books, And I did not see any that I liked that were red. I agree with it though. It needs some red right in the middle. I think I am going to do some sticks leaning against the sides covered in moss. Not planning on rocks and all that. I am planning on putting some shrimp in here, so I think the stick will be good for them. I am going to keep looking for some type of red plant though as well.
What I wish existed is a red form of the anubias plant (regular, nana, and petite). It's exactly the plant that I would love to have in my tank and what I think would look amazing in this tank :P
Come on genetic engineering!
What kind of dirt did you use in your substrate? Please make sure it is organic dirt. If it has artificial fertilizers they will dissolve into the watercolumn and literally fry anything you put in there; plants, animals, fungi...anything! I used Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix (as well has many of my friends) and so far it has done amazing! You won't regret dirting a tank especially since you'll be putting a lot of light above it.
You will also want to consider c02 injection. I'm not sure if you have any experience with it but DIY is really easy. I'm pretty new in the hobby and have picked it all up pretty quickly. You seem to know what you're doing so if you don't have any experience with it you'll definitely pick it up quick.
This tank is going to look fantastic.
I hear ya on the genetic engineering thing. Those plants would look perfect if they were red. As far as I know, it is organic potting soil, but I will check again to make sure. If it is not, I empty it and start again. As far as CO2, I will be dosing Excel just like my other tanks and see how that goes. If it does not work, I will take the DIY route for sure. I am planning on putting a paintball setup on my 10 gallon in the near future, so I am thinking the yeast reactor would work well on this one.
Thank you both for the kind words. I am going next week as soon as I get paid to find some plants and get the filter for this tank. It is going to be a Hagen Elite Mini, and I think I changed things up on the plants a little bit. Here is my revised, will added-to, list:
Hygropholia difformis - Water Wisteria
Hygropholia polysperma - Dwarf Hygropholia (?)
Glossostigma elatinoides - Glsso
Vesicularia dubayana - Java Moss
Ceratopteris thaliictroides - Water Sprite (?)
The ones with the ? I am still undecided on. Any feedback would be great. And thank you for the kind words.