Hello everyone, It's been awhile since I posted here. I just thought I'd show you all my first attempt at a natural planted tank that will house a few shrimp and a Betta in the future.
I set it all up 3 days ago, using a Marineland 5 Gallon Hex kit (killer deal off of Amazon!) with:
ADA New Amazonia substrate
1 - Brazilian Sword (Spathiphyllum tasson)
6 - Vallisneria nana
6 - Crypt Lutea (cryptocoryne walkeri)
And weeping moss tied to a piece of slate based driftwood I got off of ebay.
More plants to come soon! I'm going to look for a bulb upgrade this weekend before moving any further. The kit game with a 10w 5100k, and the local fish expert/store that sold the substrate/plants to me recommends a 15w 6700k. If I can find that, I'll be putting some grass in there ASAP...
Two things I have learned so far:
1. Avoid acrylic tanks. Despite being very careful when setting everything up, there are already numerous scuffs and scratches :(
2. Use tweezers for planting, especially with such a small amount of real estate.
Any comments, suggestions?