I always wanted a pond, but living in a downtown condo it was never an option. So I picked up a tough oversized planter, and filled it with dirt, lava rocks, and water. No filtration, no movement, but densely planted. TDS stabilized at around 300, and 0 Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates. Currently stocked with a few panda platies and shrimp culls.
Got this little bowl for a impulse-buy rescue betta. Background features ludwigia repens, midground with a two crypt wendtii red, and foreground utilizing staurogyne repens, with other odd stems interspered everywhere. An extremely budget and low-maintenance bowl.
The tank that started it all, blue gravel, plastic ornaments, and a betta fish. Only the betta still remains. The tank now has a few large high light stems and a foreground of UG, that still hasn't filled in. There are shrimp (culls) in the tank, survival of the fittest.
The new and larger Fluval Spec, retains the same large filtration compartment and strong flow. The stock lighting is on the very-low side but is doing its job growing some star grass. This tank is currently being used for a mutant rili breeding project.
This tank was an impulse buy, but who could say no to a cheap kit from Walmart? This was a tank for throw-aways, culls, and extra clippings, but features a little driftwood scape with a row of stems along the back and mid-ground, and crypt parva as the foreground. It houses a small colony of yellow shrimp.
This tank began as a brackish opae ula habitat, but disaster struck and the opaes were obliterated. Lesson learned, stainless steel (evey molybdenum-treated) will rust on contact with salt. The tank retains the original coral fan and lava rock scape, but now hosts freshwater blue n. heteropodas.
This tank began as a moss tree scape, but I quickly realized that a moss-only tank is not sustainable. The tank now features two pieces of driftwood as the hardscape, along with colorful stems, in the back and mid-ground, and rosettes and runners in the foreground.
One of my first planted tanks, using lucky bamboo (dracaena sanderiana) as part of the hardscape. Row of stems in the background, interspersed variety of rosettes and runners in the mid and fore-ground.