Here is a quick update a closer up shot. The HC is spreading. But I did experience some melting. A quick google search and I got some info. Some people had luck with airflow during photosynthesis. So I open the saran wrap a bit when the lights are on. I replaced most of the melted HC with some that I have growing in a separate container emmersed.
If you add hairgrass, you'll end up with what I've got going on in my Mini with the mixed grass/HC carpet. It's quite nice. Hairgrass creeps hard.
I know and it looks great in your tank! But I'm not sure yet if I'm going to want to let that happen. Hairgrass is very invasive and grows faster than HC. I don't want to have to keep trimming runners. Cuz I would like to have most of the foreground be HC. I Have taller hairgrass for the background that I think I might mix with chains word. If I can find any. I'm hoping under high light it will stay somewhat short.
But all this is still things that I'm thinking about... It could change before I add water. I'm going to be patient on this...
No pic update. Getting bored. Not seeing much more growth and some HC melted a bit. Most of it is healthy though. I'm going to flood this and blast the co2 very soon. Just haven't had the time since I've been working long hours. As soon as I get some downtime I'm hooking everything up. I'll take pics and maybe some video as soon as I can...
Finally flooded! Today I took some time and got to work on setting up this thing proper. I did add some two more species of plants for the background.
I was thinking of adding some hair grass Belem for in between the hc and s. repens but decided against it. I think I want to just practice on one foreground plant for this scape. Maybe next scape ill try a mix. Sorry for the crappy shot. It's late and I'm pretty tired from two surfing sessions and setting this up in between.
The Hc looks kind of haggard right now and there's some green algae , which I think is Cyanobacteria on my aqua soil. Tmrw ill dose done H2O2. Should clear it up. Now that I got some time ill get and do more updates. I'll be dosing EI with a photoperiod of 8 hours to start. 3-4 bps. Let me know what you think!