I got back into fish keeping last year after a few years away. Back then I just kept the usual Clearseal tanks with community fish, plastic plants! Anyway, got the bug again last year and brought a nice standard Fluval Roma 125 and upgraded the internal filter you get with it for a Fluval 205 External. My main goals were keeping healthy fish in a planted tank. (never heard of Amano) Got some Tetraplant substrate fertilizer and a nice sand bottom, some easy plants, amazon swords, java fern, crypts, hygro and vallis and some nice lumps of wood. let the tank cycle fully and dived in with all S.American species, cardinal tetras, corydoras Davinsansi, apistogramma and... Discus!! got 2 on a spur of the moment. My water was fine for them as i did water changes with RO/tap mix every week, they were healthy, happy characters. Then i found out about Amano and nature aquarium!! brought all three books and just stared at the images and soaked in the text religiously. My girlfriend nearly got rid of me through lack of attention Decided to lose the discus to a very good home to lower the fish load Anyway, a small re scape and many pots of Tropica plants later I came up with this Excuse the mood lighting, I was in the middle of Book 2 Quite a lot of experimentation going on, see the riccia in the back? wanted to see how it would cope with my parameters. Also the three (at least!!) carpet plants. Tennelus, sag subulata and hairgrass. New they were all going to have problems because of the sand, but I've always been too scared for a complete overhaul. Ths is how it looked around October. Changed some since then so more pics to come.