Introduction Thanks for stopping by! The following journal is a record of all the blunders and slip-ups and trips and falls that I will do in the lifetime of this scape. It is also my very first scape (so be gentle!) I have kept aquarium plants before, though not to much success, and I have done literally years of research for this one. This tank started in the summer of 2013 when I purchased it, and it is just now filled and planted as of early spring 2015. This whole time I've been collecting stone, wood, equipment and information about the hobby. I knew I wanted to do things right, and I wanted to have a slice of nature in my home. ~~~~~~~~~~ Inspiration: As you can see from my info, I live in NYC. I lived in Florida for a decent portion of my life and I've grown to miss the picturesque natural springs in and around central Florida. Most think Disney when they think of central Florida, and not this: Or: Crystal clear fresh waters, cold and crisp with lush vegetation and roots covered in mosses. Schools of small fish, tightly packed for protection against the larger fish prowling the rushes and underwater forests of red-tipped wild ludwigia. Then the sudden drop of 30 feet as the white sandy bottom abruptly ends into the blue mouth of the spring. These memories invoke a sense of wonder and adventure in me that I yearn to visit them once again. This was the inspiration for my Forest by the Spring. Tank: Standard 55 gallonFilter: Eheim 2217Light: Catalina 4x54w Solar T5HO 48"CO2: 10lb pressurized, custom built SS regulator assembly, custom reactor w/venturiSubstrate: ADA AquasoilHardscape: Seiryu Stone, Ryuoh Stone, manzanita driftwood, ADA La Plata sandFerts: EI dry dosingOther: Koralia Nano powerhead, Taam Rio 1000 powering the reactor, Eheim Skim 350 Flora: Bolbitis heudelotii Microsorum pteropus 'Trident' Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow' Cyperus helferi Hygrophila pinnatifida Rotala rotundifolia Ludwigia inclinata 'Cuba' Hydrocotyle japan Anubias petite Willow moss Fissidens fontanus Eleocharis parvula Planned fauna: Rummynose Tetra Galaxy Rasbora (CPD) Panda Cory Amano Shrimp Otos Blue velvet shrimp Nerite snail Hardscape: Planted: Information: As of this post (3/31/2015), the tank has been planted for 6 days. Growth has been pretty good. All of my plants have been sourced from hobbyists, and they came to me in various levels of health. In another week or so, I plan on adding my inverts. I'm doing water changes every other day while the Aquasoil is leeching ammonia. Oh! I want to share something that is a matter of pride for me, my CO2 setup! Thanks for reading!