Hey guys its been a little while but I'm trying to get back into planted tanks full swing. I was alway for a while for research and a marine biology class.
While I was away, I had someone take care of my plants. Well it didn't really work out. Inconsistant fertilization and co2. Its werid because some of my plants just thrived. Like my polygonums, when I came back I had a forest. But some of my more pized plants was in bad shape beyond help. Most of my erios and toninas was gone. Its really heart breaking to lose plants that you really put your heart into growing.
So I took the opertuinty to pretty much start over. Im gonna try to build a new tank from the ground up correctly this time and over time fix all my other tanks.
I had this idea to create what I call a pure tank. I guess a part of me really wants things to be clean. Even though I havn't cleaned my room for 3 years and its taking me days to clean it right now. What I pictured is truely a tank with only things I want. No more snails, no more worms, no more hydra, and only the stuff I want in there.
So I bought some plants that was pretty much clean already to begin with and I diped them in salt water over and over again until my OCD felt good. I rinsed in between dips and inspected it over and over again. I also used very small portions of plants that was from my tanks that I knew I had snails and algae. I cleaned it off manually and salt dipped it over and over again.
Then created the tank, a 5 gallon rimless. Thanks lopez_316us
I used my camera phone and I forgot that it was in macro mode. So sorry for the bad pictures.
Added some used but dried out aquasoil. Thanks plantbrain. It was out in freezing cold for a few months to make sure everything in it was dead. I needed to be 100% sure
I started to fill it up with some water. Reusing plastic bags of course
I'm using the new tom's mini rapids for a filter
Halfway through, I added the plants. Thanks to mrkookm and kotoeloncat. I added some moss but u can't see it because its such a small portion. I had to make sure there were no creapy crawlies in there. They are tied on the wood. There are 3 types and mainly I need it to grow out.
And ta da!!
Although I need a better light. Any suggestions? The problem is that I have a Coralife F/W T-5 Aqualight Double Strip Light-24"
which is nice but it doesn't fit a 5 gal and its just doesn't look very well over that tank. I need something smaller.
My orginal intent is to slowly grow every plant I have in ever other tank in this one by having only 1 stem or so of each plant in this tank. Then I can tear down that tank and start it clean. Its gonna take me months and I wanna cycle this tank. Slowly but surely I am gonna redo 4 tanks of various sizes.
But in the mean time, I like it. I didn't really wanna aquascape it, but it looks like a good start. Maybe over time when this is done I can scape it.
Thanks for coming along the Dr. Clean ride.
Oh and if u see and eriocaulons, Let me know!