Originally Posted by skmackley
yeah i was going to do something my own like this anyway, what is glut? what fertilisers do i need? there is no perfect drift wood or stone, cant find any cheap and looks realistic and has character.
There certainly is perfect cheap driftwood out there.. You just have to figure out ways to be creative with it
Most people find individual sticks with a little bit of shape to them and then glue or tie them together to make a much more complex piece out of it. The same thing can be done with rocks with either gluing, drilling and rodding, or epoxying them together.
For example, I scavenged all of this driftwood out of my local river last spring.
Aside from the 2 pieces of Mopani that are in the tank all of the driftwood I use came from that pile. In total there are 7 different pieces of driftwood in the tank most of which were free.
As for glut, it is the active ingredient in excel which is a complex carbon molecule that plants can absorb in leiu of actual co2
. It's far cheaper than a pressurized co2
setup so a lot of aquarists use it including myself. For fertilizers I would suggest either a EI or PPS-Pro fertilizing regimen. You can buy the fertilizers from Green Leaf Aquariums for about $20 and they will last you a long long long time.