First off what des ADA mean I did not see that in the glossary of terms?
Yea I think I like the 10 gallon tank idea. That is how I started with my first tank. Guess it is only right to do the same with a planted tank. Especially with the ability to have a filter. That would save me from having to clean so often.
I thought about copying someone elses idea but that felt like cheating. haha.
So i guess the first step is to get a tank! I like the idea of taking pictures of one's progress so I think I may have to do that.
Thanks guys im loving this place already!!
ADA is an acronym for "Aqua Designs Amano." ADA website
. Be warned, much of what they carry gets the palate salivating. But as suggested, high quality goods does not make for an inherently successful planted-tank; it just means you know the equipment is good: knowledge is power here; be sure to take your time and read, read, read (just about everything you need to know is here).
A filter is good for many reasons but it doesn't necessarily mean less maintenance. Filter or no, most planted tanks require a degree of maintenance which often depends on the plants you have, which can influence the overall setup and thus, your maintenance routine.
Imitation is the best form of flattery, so they say - or something along those lines. There's nothing at all wrong with 'copying' or trying to duplicate what others have done; it can be a good challenge for anyone, for example, and/or a great learning experience for the beginner. In comparison to the majority here, I'm a beginner myself and am constantly being motivated by what I see: I started a bowl a la Newman style, have made changes to my 29g from what I've learned (DIY CO2, for instance), started a budget 1.5g mini shrimp cube--with ghost shrimp for the experience--and am researching the next tank - a 5 or 10 gallon cherry shrimp tank.
Definitely take pictures. I started off doing so but then didn't take the time as time went on and now I wish I had more visual documentation to share here.