I decided it was time to venture into the nano relm. I chose a 5g AGA. Here are the specs. I thought this would give me a chance to really focus on scaping since the smaller the aquarium the more difficult it seems. Hope you enjoy the pics.
Tank - 5g
Filter - rena filstar xp1 with bored out holes in the spray bar.
Lighing - 2x13w AHsupply Ultra bright kit.
Co2 - DIY
Substrate - flourite
Heater - 50w stealth heater @ 74f
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 20ppm
CO2 - 34ppm
Ferts - EI method daily recommended
Excel - 5 drops a day (1/4ml)
Downio - Pogostemon helferi
HC - Hemianthus callitrichoides
Pearlweed - Hemianthus micranthemoides
Dwarf Pellia(on the way) - Riccardia chamedryfolia
X-mass moss(little peice floating)-Vesicularia montagnei
Crystal Red Shrimp
Here is the tank with nothing in it and a blue back. I quickly changed to black. This was on 9-26
With the mound of flourite 9-26
This is what a horrible scape looks like. Notice there is no depth, none at all, zilch. 9-27
Now I think I got the hang of it a little better. Though this left little room for planting. This may have been ideal if I wanted to go all moss or dwarf hairgrass but thats not what I wanted. 9-28
I settled somewhere in the middle to start. I set up my powerhead that doubled as a filter/co2 diffuser.9-30
I latter added a few rocks and moved a little around but since my plugs of HM were so small, any time I even touched the gravel the HM would dislodge and I would get VERY frustrated. So I left the rocks just sitting there. 9-30
I removed a few rocks and added in a large rock that I burried into the flourite to make a hill on the right for the rotala. Im still not getting the look I want, but it will do for now. I also added HC which took a long time. 10-3
The angle shot that is always welcomed
here is a pic of one of the six nerites I have in the tank to help bust the initial algae. These are smaller fellas, twice the size of a pencil eraser. No eggs this way
. These guys rock
Here is a shot on 10-6. Nothing special here just a shot to compare with.
Very excited on this day because I added the Downio and I LOVE this plant. By far my favorite.10-9
Closer shot of the downio, and the HM is starting to grow. Im getting happier with this tank as each day roles by 10-9
Now this is a happy happy joy joy day (YEAH STIMPY). I finally got some CRS. I was so excited when these guys came in the mail. I drip acclimated them for a little over an hour.
Here is a full tank shot on. The HM is growing verticle, and it is starting to look nice. Once I give it its first trim it will get bushier. Im liking my tank. 10-15
Now you can really see the HM growing straight up. After about another week I will give it its first trim, then I will remove the rotala and replace it with the trimmings. I think under this medium light controling the HM will be alot easier. The HC might be struggling a little bit with this light, but if I had a better reflector it would be enough. I can see some growth on the HC after 2 weeks but I know it will take a while to really settle in. We shall see. 10-17