This will be the journal for my newly built 29G. I had originally created a thread for it, but it turned into a Q&A thing, so I want to start again.
Hardware & Setup:
Aqueon T5 Dual Lamp x2 - Colormax x1 (18W) & 6,700K x3 (18W)
Wood from Lake Powell
Substrate: Organic Miracle-Gro topped off with CaribSea FloraMax
Cardimine Lyrata (dying)
Hygrophila Corymbosa 'Kompakt'
Giant Baby Tears
Green Wendtii Crypt?
5 Bandit Cory's (Metae)
2 Pseudomugil furcatus
10 Green Tetras
20+ Cherry Shrimp
3 Amano Shrimp
1 Assassin Snail
2 Green Shrimp
Temperature sits at about 75F. The wood is still releasing tannins so I am doing weekly water changes to get it clearer. The wood soaked for 2 months and I thought it was ready, but it appears not.
I won't do miracle-gro again simply because I had too much of it get to the top of the FloraMax when planting and it resulted in too many floaters. It was really annoying. Plus now I have wood pieces all over the substrate, just too many to individually pull out. Thus, this will be quite a natural look.
Here is the timeline:
The Blyxa came shipped extremely healthy, but has really died trying to acclimate to the tank. I have lost more than half of what you can see above. I'm hoping that I've already hit rock bottom with it and it is on the rise. I really love how it looks. I had dwarf sag in here originally, but I thought it looked too similar to the Blyxa, so I moved it to my shrimp tank.
Here is the look of the tank 2 weeks ago (no amazon sword yet, and the wisteria, bacopa, and other plant unknown were still bunched together)
Here it is today (Early January). I haven't touched it for about 2 weeks cuz I want to let things grow in. It's still not looking exactly how I want it, but I'm close, and the plants need time to grow.
I welcome any opinions or suggestions.