Tom, is that wood presoaked or are they destined to become mooring buoys for a while?
Glad to finally see plant pics on the 13th page of this thread. Was starting to think this thread was in the wrong section.
The wood was pulled from a creek near the coast.
The wood has been glued with silicone to the tank bottom, it ain't going anywhere.
It turns almost jet black when water hits it.
Most of the plant choices are rather bright, the wood is very dark, so this makes for a nice contrast.
Fish choices vary.
The Red Ark pencils will look very nice, but the cardinals will look best against the darker areas. But looking at some open bright tanks, cardinals still look pretty nice, I just think they look best against a darker color. But I cannot have everything I desire in one larger tank.
The thread is really one that details out how, why, changes, the entire process, not just a tank and planting and seeing if it does well.
Since I made a lot of the things myself, and I am a full time PhD student, and I work as well, Bike, run, travel etc, it's not like I have that much time to devote.
So it can take me awhile, but clients need things done right and done yesterday, this comes second.
But, I also learn a lot everytime and like to reflect, implementing what I've learned.
Seeing if the large scale of the dry start method is effective for example.
Seeing if the parallel plumbing schematic works nicely, noise reduction, light hanging fixtures, no cords or hoses visible from the outside, yet another example of a tank where you clearly do not need power sand
, a tank that is easy to garden(perfect height for me pruning and a sitting viewer).
I'm in no rush.
All the ideas and smaller scale test need to be implemented and verified.
Cannot talk the talk without walking the walk.
So no pics until the HC grows in good(2-3 weeks or so).
It's in the 70-90's here, so the temps are good for growing HC.
I just have the PC's on for 10 hours now.
So essentially, the tank is set up and I'm not doing any water changes to cycle it, to remove excess NH4, to worry over replanting HC, making a mess, no labor. All the good fruits of doing the Dry Start method.
The bacteria will be well established, HC will be healthy, thick and well rooted(and as far as cost, the amount hat grows in will be worth about 200-300$ in savings).
Then I'll fill the tank, then add lots of fast growing stems and have it up and running. From there, add some fish and Amano's/Cherries. After the stems are growing well, the MH's will be fired up.
Folks that get all impatient pay the price.
Heck, we all have seen that more than we can count.