Hi all, here is a quick build of my 4' NPT "Scape". As a newby, I didnt know if anything like this had been done before and rushed in to give it a whirl. Seems to be doing well so far. Enjoy.
Inert Gravel in Styro Steps:
Soil & Sand Substrate:
$100 4' Tank, stand, hood, light, filter, heater (From eBay)
$ 15 Soil & Potting Mix (From Bunnings)
$ 20 Black Gravel 2-4mm (From LFS)
$ 10 Sand (From Bunnings)
$150 Plants (From Forum sponsors, forum members & LFS)
$ 60 API Master Testing Kit (From LFS) $ 15
Water Ager/Dechlorinator (From LFS) $370 TOTAL
For The Basics Substrate
Approx 9L 50/50 Potting mix & Naked Farmer brand Soil Activator
Approx 4L sand. Sand is fine Play Sand from Bunnings, has proven to be a little too fine I think.
Approx 4L gravel.
I have created a "River Bed" through the centre of the scape with no soil underneath also. Lighting
3x36W T8 = 2.2W/G, photoperiod 15+hrs/day on a timer Plants
Side & Back grounds:
Hygrophila polysperma 'sunset'
Ludwigia glandulosa Stock
8 Glass Catfish
5 small Angelfish
2 Otocinclus Catfish
12 Rummy Nose Tetras
12 Kuhli Loaches
10 more Otos
12 Pygmy Corys