I've been visiting this site for a while, since I set up my first planted tank ( 28 litre/5 imp. gallon ) late last year. I've learned a lot - thanks everybody!
I'm now on my second aquascape, a small 4 litre tank and thought I'd share some pictures of its progress (the photgraphs are all taken with the camera on my 'phone, so I apologise about the quality).
The tank ( actually it's a vase ) is 6 x 6 x 9 inches. The substrate is Onyx Sand and 3mm black gravel. Filter is an Azoo h.o.b. filter and light is a 13 watt Azoo clip-on. The tank is unheated. I've used different CO2 sources at different times - DIY, Excel and Dennerle biological from my main tank ( I replace these bottles every 4 weeks, but they still have a week or two of life left in them).
First to go in was some HC, a rock with Java moss and some Echinodorus tennellus and hairgrass. After a few weeks I added some White Cloud Mountain Minnows. I was concerned about how many I could add, but after reviewing some of the posts here, I decided on three. My LFS sold White Clouds in fours, so that is what I got. I was prepared to move them to my main tank, but actually, they seem to be doing fine, their colours are really bright and they seem happy.
I planted the background with Hemianthus Micranthemoides and added a little riccia. The CO2 diffusor here was a temporary improvisation, and it was around this time that I learned that daily top-ups would prevent the limescale ring around the top!
Later I added a ludwigia to the rear left-hand corner and hydrocotyle verticillata to the front right. I also added four cherry shrimp. I started getting a lot of algae at this point. The shrimp aren't making much impact on it yet. Although I don't mind the algae on the plants too much, I do have to scrape it off the glass about once a week at the moment.
The latest addition is the CO2 diffusor. I'm hoping that more consistent CO2 will cause the plants to grow faster and eliminate the algae.