Ok so i decided to start a 5.5g tank in my room. It's going to be my first attempt at scaping (just plants, no hardscape..yet?).
5.5g all glass tank, plastic cover cut from large sheet.
Goose neck lamp; compact fluorecesnt spiral bulb (13w, 6500k). Might use another lamp if necessary.
Approxiamately 12 hours right now, might lower when i submerge the set up.
Elite mini internal filter (mostly for circulation)
Tetra Submersible Heater - 100watts
Miracle Grow Organic Choice (http://www.miraclegro.ca/UserFiles/F..._Mix_17.6L.pdf
), this stuff has a lot of wood chips in it. 0.5" in front, 2.5" largest hill. I might decide to top it off with some small sized gravel later but i'm not sure about that yet.
As of now i have Glossostigma (glosso) and Hemianthus Micranthemoides (HM). Plan on adding Rotala sp. Green when i submerge the set up.
No clue, some female bettas perhaps but i'm open to suggestions.
Potassium Nitrate (KNO3), Potassium Sulfate (KSO4), and Mono-Potassium Phosphate (KH2PO4) if necessary, and possibly Flourish Comprehensive.
Since the setup is emmersed i've been removing the lid and circulating the air by blowing into the tank; i started doing this about a week in and on that one day, there was explosive growth compared to the whole week. As of now, there are no plans for any CO2, might invest in some flourish excel later on if necessary.
In terms of aquascaping and plants i want to keep it as simple as possible...might not be the most attractive but i want it to be an easy and satisfying project. I have two slopes in the tank to the back left corner there's a 2.5" slope and to the back right corner there's a 2" slope.
I want to have a rotala bush to the left, HM bush to the right and then the middle filled with glosso. Might add something in between the two slopes...not sure yet.
The tank has been running for about 2 weeks. This is also my first attempt at trying to grow plants emmersed (HM and glosso) and so far everything is doing well. I also spray the plants a few times every morning when i turn on the lights manually with normal tap water, no special fertilizer solutions.
Here are some pictures of the equipment and progress:
The following pics are from week 1-2:
(Tank started on March 1)
March 3 - No change.
March 7 - Slight growth but not much has happened.
March 14 - Up to this point the glosso have only been growing vertically (no side shoots or anything yet), the HM is slowly creeping around, the aquatic leaves are dying off and new leaves are growing through the creeping growth.
March 21 - Some horizontal growth, decent overall growth i would say...HM doesn't seem to be happy though o.o
March 28 - More horizontal growth, everything seems to be happy.
April 4 - Even more horizontal growth. Everything is happy, if not happier.
April 11 - Trimmed some of the glosso and replanted in some of the empty area. Growth is continuing for both plants.
April 18 - Crazy growth, that's all there is to say.
April 25 - More growth, the glosso carpet starting to fill in. HM hill filling in too.
May 2 - Progress pictures will now be a full tank shot from the top. Overall good growth this week. Starting to notice some weird growth. I suspect it to be algae from nutrients, from the soil, leaching into the water.
May 9 - More growth, the glosso carpet is starting to fill in.
I'll try to make the pictures more consistent, sorry about that
There are some weird white worms in the tank which i was surprised to see..any clue what those might be? They are everywhere in the tank, on the glass, in the puddles, in the soil. They are tiny though, i thought they were some sorta terrestrial planarians at first, lol.
Anyway, thanks for looking. All Comments/Suggestions/Criticism are welcomed