I chose to jump start my cycle for this tank and put the gravel from my other tank into punctured plastic bags. That is what you see on the shale on the far left.
I still have a little work to do, once I get my short grasses it'll start to look filled out.
I took shots from all over the aquarium. THe first and last shots are from the very front of the tank. Reference data is from the front of the tank.
Far left, Shale, Slate and Granite. I got all these rocks for less than 10 dollars. Amazing LFS that is around the corner to a restaurant I've gone to for years but never knew it was there. Wonderful prices, and great selection of just what I wanted in rocks.
Moving Right, Vallis plants. Nice background plants. Also from the LFS, each of the two plants had 4 babies on them, so for 2 dollars I got virtually 10 background plants. Amazon Swords and Ludwigia also in the back.
Cardinal Plants in the mid ground, just behind the Mopani driftwood. These Cardinal Plants were actually a non aquatic plant, but were recently tested in ponds, and it turns out they have a completely aquatic mode to them that looks like a completely different plant. Wonderful purples to them.
I have Myrphillium Red on the right front. Beautiful fluffy plant, among scattered ludwigia.
On the Mopani driftwood is tied java moss and java ferns on each of the extremeties.
I'm going to have to go back throuhg the java moss and make it thinner. This is the first time i've planted java moss, and it turns out you have to put very small amounts at first, otherwise it won't take.