I've decided to start up a tank after 2-3 years out of the planted tank hobby, and I plan to use this as a way to document my progress. Moving up to college and settling in my apartment has finally given me the opportunity to put some time and effort into a planted setup.
Size - 20 gallon long
Substrate - Organic soil capped with Eco complete
Filtration - AquaClear 20
Lighting - Odyssea 24" 48watt t5 with 6500k bulbs
x8 white cloud mountain minnows, for now
I plan to focus more on getting the plants rolling first and then worry about stocking the tank.
The only things in there to start were salvinia minima to help soak up the excess nutrients, malaysian trumpet snails, and plenty of tannins. This is how the tank remained until about a week later when plants arrived.
Day 1 of planting:
The crypts arrived in rough shape which is fine because the leaves will melt anyway. The b. japonica, s. repens, and l. rubins all came healthy and were easily propagated to form many new plantlets.
A few days after planting:
The crypts melted just as I expected, but new leaves are already coming in to replace the old ones. The rest of the plants haven't experienced many major differences besides rooting in and just beginning to produce new leaves. I've also added the white clouds at this point because the tank was looking a little lifeless, and the minnows have had no problem fixing that issue!
Here is what the tank currently looks like, with the addition of a black background.