Advice:My advice for new hobbyists would be to read as much as you can before you buy.
Description:This is my first attempt at a planted tank, it is;
Lights: 2 x 20W T4's and 2 x 20W T'8's (lights are cooled by a 12V computer extractor fan in hood)
Plants: Background = Echinodorus tenellus
Foreground = Hemianthus callitrichoides
Filtration: Old school fluval 3 external.
Ferts and Co2; Co2 is injected at 1-2 bubbles per second from a fire extinguisher setup with DIY and Tropica nutrition plant food used daily. Substrate is also from Tropica with a fine layer of gravel to prevent soil disturbance.
Fish and Inverts: 4 x otto's, 5 x Amano Shrimp and 4 x Sunkist shrimp.
Quote:I do not keep artificial plants, because they do'nt grow!
About Yourself:A Digital Artist by profession, I take my Planted Nature Aquariums and aquascapes, quite seriously and enjoy working on visual compositions with living splashes of colors, carves and contours.
About Yourself:Relatively new in this hobby and inspired (like many of us) by Takashi Amano. Started my hobby in October 07 with a 2 gallon betta bowl. Here I am trying to setup my first aquascape. I named it "The Amazonian Ruins".
Fish Kept:1 danio
1 pleco (the small ones which gros upto 2-3")
2 mountain minnows
7 Platy (4 were born in my old tank)
12 cardinal tetras
Corals/Plants:Stellata, Rotala Indica, Rotala Macandra, Gaint Val, Cabomba, Star rotala, blyxa japonica, hairgrass, four leaf clover, Sagittaria, java & christmass moss, Ammania gracillis, riccia fluitans and some more plants (not sure of the names...got from friends)
Corals/Plants:The left of the tank is Riccia fluitans and Vesicularia dubyana tied down onto a system of hollow rock caves on a sand substrate.
The center of the tank is all ludwigia repens, Nuphar stellata, Eleocharis parvula, Echinodorus tenellus, and a few crypts in flourabase, with a anubis on the wood that seperates the wood from the sand.
The right of the tank is Microsorum pteropus regular and Windelov rooted onto a twisted pile of roots about 2 inches of the plain gravel with larger rock substrate, to create mangrove effect under them for the fish to find shelter. And a lonely crypt off in front of them.
Advice:I have slowly switched all my tanks over to planted tanks over the last couple years and could never go back, the fish are so much calmer, and its just plain peaceful to watch them putter around in a planted tank.
Description:Many changes along the way, have taken the riccia out etc.