Ok so I gave up on this tank, although not entirely.
I replaced the pool filter sand with ADA Amazonia, which I said I would never buy because "it's a waste of money" but I decided to give it a try. I guess I can't say that unless I give it a try right ?
Anyway the design is the same except the "tree" is now on the left side and a hill from back to front along the whole tank. I figured that way it would add depth as well as being able to see the CRS (which I've now decided on since the aquasoil will lower the ph) a lot easier.
Anyway pictures will follow in a week or 2 once the HC has rooted
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