Hi guys, having been away from aquascaping for the last decade or so.
i first started my aquascaping journey in 2011 and quit in 2014 and went into guppy breeding, then shrimp breeding (still breeding). Now I'm finally coming back to make a small scape, a 1ft cube by this weekend.
got some driftwood, treating it now, still releasing some minor tannin from it, will continue treating it until this coming weekend before use.
got some ryouh stones as well, soaked in clorox last night for 30 minutes, now soak in clean water, will continue doing so until this weekend.
just bought 6 types of plants, waiting for its arrival this week:
1 tissue cultured HC ready for foreground
1 tissue cultured Alternanthera Reineckii Mini (submerged form), for midground of one side, separating the foreground and the background.
1 tissue cultured rotala bonsai for midground of the other side.
4 types of stems plants, consisting rotala red, rotala green, luwigia red and super red for the background.
for the stems plants, since they are not tissue cultured, will do some treatment first before setting up the plant.
on hardware, it's just a 30cm cube
will be using a hob filter instead of canister, if i upgrade to a 2ft tank next time, then i will get eheim 350 since i also have lily pipe ready.
on lighting, this part i'm a little unsure because i am only using chihiros A series, not sure if it is sufficient for the red plants (since i focus on red plants this time), thinking of adding a small WRGB for the red plants, but will see how it goes after a month or 2 after set up.
temperature wise, it will always be around 26 degree or lesser as i am putting it my shrimp breeding room, so it's air-conditioned. whereas, last time i only use PC fans to bring down the temperature to around 28 or so.
on CO2, don't wanna splurge on it yet, maybe next time i can get a bigger tank to support multiple scape, will use diy co2 first in the meantime, will prepare it on a weekly basis, see how it goes.
Will be using soil base as substrate for this scape, still toying around with the ideas on driftwood and ryouh stones.
Not to forget, also already gotten seachem excel, potassium and flourish as ferts.
despite it only a small scape, already put in like close to 400 bucks just for the ferts, rocks, driftwoods and plants eh.... soil i'm using my leftover from shrimp breeding hahaha....
Aiks... you already bough to stem plant, else can try dry start.
Its seen having higher success rate for HC and you dont need Co2 at start.