I'm an accountant which means that for 2 months at a time twice a year, I have very little free time. When I re-scaped my tank several months back, I had a vision and a rough sketch of what I wanted. I worked very hard at getting what I wanted out of the tank, and it turned out beautifully.
I factored everything into it...but not really. I forgot to allow room for growth. I guess from an aquarist perspective, I was successful because it grew and grew and grew.
It quickly became a hassle to deal with as it became more and more crowded. Water flow slowed down, the filter intake kept clogging, etc. Where I once used to trim and prune with meticulous care, I would just go in and cut away for no other reason than to allow water to flow and hope that there would be room for the inhabitants to swim.
My moss carpet ended up becoming four inches thick, and the moss on the wood and rocks grew so thick, that I couldn't see any wood or rocks under them.
A ten gallon was too small for all the maintenance in my opinion, and it became too crowded too quickly. I gave away most of the plants, and kept pretty much just the moss, wood and rocks. I miss the pretty tank I had in the albums, but at least the shrimp are happy...and it's a lot less work.
Oh well...bigger tank to come.
There's no basement in the alamo.
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