Do you have a fauna plan for this tank?
Not really. I'd like to see how the plants transition first. I'm concerned that balancing the plants' CO2 requirements will be difficult enough in such a small tank. I've seen so many other members with far greater experience than I struggle, so my plan is to just take it one step at a time.
I gotta say, I hate rock piles with a passion but this is extremely well executed, I really like it.
Thanks, Dollface. I'm working toward a concept I stumbled across during my Edge experience. I saw the effects of instant erosion after starting the filter for the first time. The sand blew away, exposing the larger gravel underneath, which in turn looked like it had eroded from the larger central rocks. The result was pretty cool, and I guess I've been more interested in the smaller rocks and shards since. My goal is to attempt layouts with greater and greater percentages of the smaller fragments. We'll see how that turns out. I'm counting on you to let me know when I finally cross the "rock pile" line, as I may have lost all perspective at this point.
It is a nice layout. I fear that the E tennellus micro will grow to be several inches tall and will more than likely end up obscuring and overrunning everything.
Why the choice to put the low growing Belem in the background?
I had planned on using UG (and then HC) instead of the E tennellus micro, but that was just a mess. As I said above, I had been growing the micro emersed for a long time. The new growth has been very slow and truly "micro." My plan is to try to recreate similar growing conditions underwater, but it's definitely going to involve a lot of trial and error.
I don't have much hope that the belem will survive the transition. It's in pretty rough shape as it is and far from enjoying its emersed experience. But it was about two inches tall when I received it. I think I'd be happy with that along the back. Undoubtedly, it will be a difficult task given my plan for the micro, but at least the belem is closer to the light source.