I'm new to the planted tank thing, so here are my first tanks! Two 10 gallons I'm setting up for my bettas. They've only been set up for a few weeks. Cycled them with Seachem Stability, and it only took about a week for water levels to stabilize and hold for me to add some ghost shrimp. Added otos this week (3 shrimp, 3 otos per tank). Bought everything except the driftwood and java moss at Petsmart (ours actually has a good fish department, and two of the employees in particular really know their stuff! They suggested the planted tank/aquascaping idea in the first place...I didn't even know that was a thing til then
My hoods only have 6 LEDS, so they're low-tech, low light plants. Crypto ('wendtii green' variety), anubias (nana), bacopa, and java moss. They're doing well enough, though they're still rather small. They came in baggies, so I really shouldn't complain.
Also, sorry the pics kinda suck, I took them with a phone. Best I have ATM.
My first one ever.
Nothing fancy, but it works. Some of the java moss didn't quite attach right to the driftwood, so there's a few bare spots, but I figure I'll just let nature take it's course, and the moss will cover the driftwood eventually anyways. The bacopa have been shooting up, even under the low light! They're almost twice the size they were when I got them in their baggies.
Second one, set up about a week behind the first.
Still need to find a background I like, but I'd like to get something brighter than I have on the first tank. Also need to get a new anubias to replace the one that died (it was on the right of the arch originally, something happened to the rhizome and it rotted though).
...you can spot a little oto belly on the glass on the bottom left. It was sucking away on the glass. They're new, and so far they're holding up, but I've heard they're fragile, so we'll see.
It'll be fun to see what the tank will look like in a few months. They've been growing slowly but steady. I look forward to adding the bettas soon too! It'll be a big upgrade from their 1 gallon holding tanks.