How is the smell in that room? I would think it would be interesting to say the least.
The room itself actually doesn't smell, probably because I plastic wrapped the tank real well. When I open it to scape, it's a different story
Kinda funky, not unlike a public restroom.
what is that plant in the middle that used to be sandy looking?
I'm not sure what you're referring to, are you talking about the right side? If you're asking why the sand foreground is green, that would be algae
Currently, the tank has HC, dwarf hair grass, java fern "Philippine", regular java fern, and a few stems of hygrophila polysperma "rosanervig" I tried growing emersed. They are growing fine emersed, but change form. I don't like how they look, so I am probably going to replace them with some of the same plant grown emersed when I fill the tank. Grows fast anyway.