Hello, I'm Disco and I'm new to the board although not new to aquariums, planted or otherwise. I keep both freshwater and saltwater, and because I'll be going to school in the fall, and can't take my big tanks with me, I'm taking two picos: my planted one, which this thread will be about, and my mini coral reef one. Both will be packed out and moved on September 6th.
So for starters, I'm using a 2.5 AGA tank with the glass lid. On top of the lid I use an aqualight mini PC fixture, that's 9w actinic (not needed for plants I know) and 9w 10,000k daylight, for a heater I use a hydor mini mat heater. Works like a charm.
For filtration I have a Red Sea mini HOB filter, which I extended the intake pipe on to the base of the tank, and put a plastic cage on it. I run carbon and filter floss at the moment, although I will be adding peat media soon because my pH is a tad on the high side (7.7ish).
I have plain sand, don't remember completely what it is, but I believe it was just dry sand that you'd get at a fish store.
For fish, I've got one male betta, though I'm not sure what kind he is. When I bought him, he was marked as female. He had only a few scales on his body, so he looked white, and his fins were nearly completely gone. Since I got him, he has filled out completey to being a gorgeous teal blue with white tipped pectoral fins. I've also got a bumble bee goby, that was fully acclimated to freshwater when I got it. He is doing fairly well, I've had him for around a year. He's not a huge fan of the food I've been feeding so I'm going to try him on some frozen food, he's getting a bit skinny.
I've got two galaxy rasboras and a handful of wild feeder guppies, cone shaped snails and more round shaped snails , and an ammano shrimp.
This sounds crowded, but if you see it you'll notice it really is not. With the heavy number of plants and my maintenance on the tank, I'm not concerned for these fish.
For plants, I have java fern and java moss, rotala indica, red sword plant, anubias nana and maybe coffefolia (?), mondo grass and a pink dwarf lily bulb. I also have, in my 26 gallon planted tank, a number of random bulbs which I am trying to propogate then transplant to the 2.5.
I am not running C02 on this tank, for fear of making my fish sick. I don't have the cash at the moment to spring for a fancy system and my nutrafin C02 system is unstable at best. I dose blackwater extract and flourish excel semi regularly.
Temp stays around 78.
In these pictures, I had just been playing with the aquascape and had fed, so everyone is a little riled up.
Here's the full tank:
This is the java moss cave where the shrimp lives:
Here are some guppies and the galaxies:
And here is the bumble bee goby, he likes to roam around and perch on stuff: