Haha thanks. Yeah, I waited three months until filling my tank. Just be patient and don't rush it. Don't be discouraged if your plants melt after flooding either. After two weeks of my tank being filled, 50% of the HC melted. I just trimmed it down really low and two weeks later, it's almost all recovered. This was my first dry start/carpet too.
Yeah, I bet, LOL! Nothing like a rimless tank to really illustrate the beauty of our hobby! I think that you choice of Eleocharis Montevidensis/Vivipara should reflect how you wish to interpret your inspiration model. The Montevidensis doesn't flow like the Vivipara and is rather rigid in it's growth. Straight up it goes, whereas the Vivipara, will bend and move with water flow. Your choice, but I will say that the Montevidensis will start to but out runners after a while and start to grow grass-like spreading which can be pain if there's no rock or divider in the substrate. Just my $0.02 worth.
Oh alright thanks for the info! Yeah, I was leaning towards the vivipara even I had no idea what the difference was. However, instead of making an arch like that, I'm planning on maybe planting about 80-90% of the backside with the vivipara and will let all the plants lean in one direction. I'll have to do a quick sketch of how I want to plant the rest of my tank soon..
21 days since the last update. The tank has been filled for almost two months.. I finally added some fish and shrimp a couple days ago. The HC is also doing a whole lot better. It turns out I had my damn CO2 diffuser upside down for 1 1/2 months LOL. No wonder it wasn't working...
There are currently..
7 Cardinal Tetras (Soon to be 12 or 15)
7 Fire Red Shrimp
1 Amano Shrimp (I had 2 but I think one escaped)
Lovin' the HC carpet. It's hard to pull off a flat scape, but you've done it wonderfully.
Thanks for the compliment!
Here are some bonus pictures of the fauna! Sorry there are no pictures of the amano shrimp :/ He's always hiding behind the heater. And the cardinal tetras are almost impossible to catch with a clear picture!