Yet another new scape for my trusty ten gallon tank. It took about twenty minutes to put it all together, and even though I would've liked a higher slope in the back-left (I'm currently out of Aqua Soil), I think the scape looks good. A black background will likely be added. Besides that, I think the scape is finished.
Anubias nana petite
Mini micro sword
Needle Leaf Java Fern
2x 20w CFL spirals
The Fissidens is attached to plastic twisty ties to hold it in place. Once it grows in, the ties will be hidden. Anubias nana petite and Java Fern in the back, Fissidens in the crevices between the rocks (middle), and mini micro sword in the front. I still have a golfball of Fissidens leftover, as can be seen in the pictures.
Pictures - 12-28-10:
Water is cloudy, though I hope to clear the water by this weekend.
I did a 100% WC today and, for now, the annoying cloudy dust has been eliminated. I think the cause of the cloudiness is my filter so I am going to leave it off for the day and see how things progress.
Really loving the rocks now that the water has cleared up.
The rocks have some nice textures and colors that should really pop with the black background.
And, as it so happens, the water became cloudy a few hours after taking the pictures. Since there was no disturbance in the water, I imagine I am dealing with an organic bloom rather than mere AS dust. A bloom that seemingly lasts indefinitely as I've been battling it for many months, as you already know.
Water parameters have been fine in my last scape so I am unsure what is causing it. The only time I managed to get rid of it was when I used some API carbon or new Purigen. I currently have neither, so I placed an order for both a few minutes ago.