So, most of my plants melted in my previous set up after I moved back home for the winter break. Since they were mostly dying from an algae bloom, anyway, I took em all out when they melted to the point of no return.
My only survivor is my massive dwarf lily.
So, I decided to revamp my tank with much easier plants, and see if I don't do better this time.
First pic is of my old setup. Oh, the tank is a 5gallon Hawkeye.
Rest are my new ones, half of which were photobombed by either one of my 3 ghost shrimp, or my double tail betta, Hyperiod aka Hyppo.
I manage to kill more of my shrimp than he does.. I've killed 4 from squishing em when rearranging my tank, or gravel vacuuming them and not noticing when I dump the water...
Anyway, new set up includes 5 pieces of cholla, which were about $3 a piece at the HobbyLobby. I waterlogged them myself. They've finally stopped turning my water a light brown. :) They're pretty fun to use, because if I ever get bored of a set up I can just rearrange them differently :) My betta manages to fit through all of them no problem, and they don't tear his fins. Some of them, I didn't think he'd be able to fit through at all xD But he manages. Even if it freaked me out the first time I saw him fit through the half-buried teeny opening of my smallest cholla....
Plants: Middle is my very healthy, original dwarf lily. It's just about reached the surface, so can't wait to see the new leaves it'll grow then. Bought from Heather.
To the left of it is an anubias I got from a petco tank, i have it attached with some thread to one of the cholla pieces. They have a lot of natural holes in them, so it's easy to attach plants. This one just kept trying to float away, so hopefully it'll root itself soon, with help from the thread.
Right of the lily is an amazaon sword, newly bought last weekend in a petsmart tube. First time I've had one of these, but hopefully it'll help combat my slight algae bloom. I have it planted in my eco-complete substrate.
Behind the Sword is another Anubias, also bought from a petsmart tube. It had perfectly healthy leaves, which was nice. I didn't need to attach this one to the cholla with string, since it's roots fit perfectly in a hole already in the cholla wood.
I also bought a background. Finally. It was actually doublesided, and the not-shown side has a lot of fully-grown dwarf lillies on it. Pretty cool, but I like the shot of one of Amano's tanks better for my set-up. Even if it has regular drift wood, and not cholla.
I also have the outside of my tank decorated with knick knacks... for a kind of jungle look. My fish particularly adores the peacock, it's his best friend.
Sorry it's a lot of photos xD It's just, in my opinion, an amazing set up. I never get tired of watching it.