The tank is filled and plants have been added so it's time for an update. It's probably also time to reveal my dirty little secret:
I have some skill with putting together aquariums...
I have some skill with aquascaping...
I have some skill with housing delicate fish...
but I actually kind of suck at growing plants underwater
At least I've historically not been very successful at it. Hopefully this time around will be different.
Here's an overview of the tank just after the first round of planting
Here's a focus of the underwater portion from this evening
The plant list:
Bunch of java fern trident at the surface around the stump
Some bolbitis on the left hand side
Bunches of anubias nana clustered on various branches
One large anubias barteri
Cryptocoryne wendtii green in the mid/background
Cryptocoryne willisii/lucens around the rocks in the foreground
Sagittaria subulata in the foreground
Red and green tiger lotus in the back right
I have a bunch of hydrophyte's Gro-soil tabs tucked into the substrate around the crypts, sag and lotus and I just started dosing the water column with a macro/micro mix from aquariumfertilizer.com
The crypts have been in there for a couple of weeks and started putting out some new leaves so I'm happy about that. I only just put in the dwarf sag and lotus.
As you can probably see, I'm having some issues with brown diatoms on the ferns and anubias up top but I guess this is pretty common with newly set up tanks and will hopefully go away over time.