Best way to jump start would just be plant heavily with stems and do daily water changes. The same media will help speed it along too. But, definitely daily water changes for the first couple of weeks. Should help your tank have the easiest setup period. Throw some activated carbon in there too for even better chances. Love the fish and stems even if you're scrapping the tank, but it still looks great. Why not keep it as a 0 maintenance cherry shrimp tank or something with a sponge filter and a cheap clip-on light? The moss still looks great.
I thought about that, but I only have time to care for one nice rimless tank. I may use the money from the mini s to set up a deep blue 2.5 gallon tank, rimmed with just moss for any possible fry.
What are you feeding the scarlet badis? Any general tips for their care?
Yes, I have some small worms in my tank, came with my moss from long ago, I believe they are nematodes. They love these worms and are constantly eating them. They are very small, but help. I also dump bloodworms into the soil which they eat when they want. Besides this having a mature tank with moss helps with the microfauna. I am planning on starting a grindal worm culture.
Looks good! Thats a crap ton of moss you have! What kind is it again? Mini Rose?
It is supposed to be weeping moss. I haven't gotten much weeping from it, but I hear this is the case with a lot of people.
QUESTION FOR ANYONE:
If I was to set up my scape on the new tank and put enough water into it, to fill to the top of the soil, would it leach the ammonia prior to actually running a filter on the tank? If I could get the ammonia going early, then I could throw the filter from the other tank on and plants it. Hopefully this could shorten any time for unstable perimeters.