The New Substrate
The foundation for the stones and slopes were achieved with Mr. Aqua Soil
and capped off with CAL Black Earth
Out of the bag it's already a much finer, cleaner and robust soil compared to Amazonia. However with the steep angle of the slopes, this meant the harder substrate would trickle down with the slightest touch.
Rookie Mistake #1
I hastily decided to make use of old sand that was salvaged from a Tanganyikan tank
I had many years ago before checking if it was neutral. For one who patiently waited 3 months during a DSM; this did not make any sense *sighs*. Painstakingly I removed it all again and replaced it later with some cosmetic sand which eventually looked a lot more natural and warmer.
HC ain't got nothing on Mini Glosso
I thought it was hard planting HC... but boy is Mini Glosso
a piece of work. Due to it's smaller form; it needed to be tediously separated into little plantlets rather than clumps. Combine this with the 'slip and slide' substrate and you have formulated the recipe for a sore back.
is a very beautiful and intricate plant and we hope it matures well. It still has quite a big footprint for a tank this size; but from the distant photos it seems to work okay.
This is also our first time with mosses and we are looking forward to seeing how the Mini Pellia
develops in the shadier areas of the tank.