Originally Posted by hotshotdevil32
@chesherca I will definantly be getting a black background when I go to the local fish store on Friday. I was feeling, just as you said, a bit frustrated that the tank was not coming out the way I wanted it to. I think that is in part because the tank is so young. I guess I figured if I can make such a nice reef aquarium a planted tank should be a walk in the park.
Now I can't wait to get to the fish store and buy the hard scaping supplies! Btw I was thinking about growing some java moss on the driftwood. Does anyone have any experience with this? I think it would create a very cool tropical effect.
Java moss is cool, and pretty easy to grow under low lighting (in my limited experience) - also tends to be fairly easy to find. I say go for it! You'll just have to attach it to the driftwood for a bit until it takes root - or into a crack like Byron said. It will
root into the surface after about a month or so (this may vary depending on conditions), and then you can remove anything that is holding it on. It will also spread and fill in once it's rooted. I actually tied mine down, as I didn't have a crack to poke it into, lol, but once it roots, the binding can be removed and it'll be good to go!
Also agree with Byron on the backround. I started with the actual aquarium backround on my tank, and hated it because of the reflection. I switched to the poster-board and have been much happier with it. Of course my tank is too big for construction paper - but yeah! Brilliant way to go with a small tank, and waaaaaay cheap!
I'd love to see your reef tank! Someday. . . someday I *might* be brave enough to go there, but that won't be any time soon! It IS an entirely different universe from freshwater, and many of the 'rules' are very different. Your tank IS young (lol, mine is, too!) - you'll get it where you want it and be happy with it soon, I'm sure! :)