Whenever people are impressed with my tank, I’m very surprised, because I know where I started, and still think of myself as that same fish-keeper.
Two years ago, Ziggy was kept in a 1.5 gallon tank with a heather and no live plants. He eventually upgraded to a 5.5 gallon with a few plants, and over time I collected more plants until he ended up in the 10 gallon, heated and filtered, where he is now.
I don’t want anyone to be discouraged by looking at my tank. I honestly have never had a clue what I’m doing, I just try to do what I think is best for Ziggy, and look for advice from others. I’ve never had a plan for my plants, and never thought about my aquascape. I just buy cheap plants here and there and plop them in, and that’s all.
The fish community both on tumblr and other places is always so encouraging, and it’s wonderful that there are so many kind, knowledgeable people who have always been willing to help me.
Progress happens slowly! I just wanted all the beginner fish-keepers (like me) to know that it’s okay if you started small and have no idea what you’re doing! Get information, ask for help, and just take care of your aquatic friends.