I've decided it's time to start a thread on my little project tank. The funny thing is this actually started as a freebie 10 gallon tank that was given to me for my 2.5 year old son... Well that's how it started anyways
... Month later and $200+ and here we are...
I started out with CaribSea FloraMAX planted aquarium substrate black.
Sadly in my area we have lost some great LFS's to the downturn in the economy over the last 5 years or so... With that being said I built this setup mostly off of Amazon & Petsmart.
I had a successful 55 gal. Reef tank for about 6 years. Then a 4,000 gallon pond but that was years ago... Took a break from the hobby for a number of years but I've got bitten by "the bug" again with this little 10 gallon. Funny how things work out, lol.. Anyways.. I'll be honest I've never done a planted freshwater setup like this before.
Like most tanks it's a labor of love / work in progress and I must say I've really been enjoying getting it all together. Nothing like seeing the excitement on my sons face as he stares off into the tank with a smile!
Equipment specs so far:
Lighting - I started with the Marineland hidden LED strip light that I bought at Petsmart, not a bad little LED all things considered but after some research I wanted something a bit different. I ended up going with a Finnex Stingray 20" LED.
Filtration - Top Fin power filter 10 HOB.. Using bio balls and and foam insert as media currently.
Heater - Tetra HT Submersible Aquarium Heater 50w.
Powerhead - SunSun JVP-110 528 GPH Mini Aquarium Circulation pump. For added surface agitation.
And last but not least... Plants... I mean this is "the planted forum" after all right?!
-Cryptocoryne Undulata "red"
-Dwarf Hair Grass
Here's a short video from the other day before planting some dwarf hair grass... More updates to come, enjoy!
Added a few small clumps of Dwarf Hair grass. At this point I think I'm done messing with / adding to the tank for now.. Time to sit back and enjoy it and let Mother Nature take over. (Aside from general maintenance and dosing of course
Here's a little video of the tanks progression, enjoy.