Thank you. I added water today and that wood has so many root spikes it hasn't moved yet. I'll keep an eye on it though. I did add the rock back as you suggested and it fits quite well. I appreciate that idea. For now I hooked up my Eheim and am running without a heater and dark to start the cycling process. Light/heater/plants should be here by the end of the week I hope. I was going to order about 4x Monte Carlo, 3-4x S Repens, a couple Buce species, some Crypt Parva if i can find it, a moss for the DW, and still open about the rest. I've been out of the hobby so long I have to do some research. If you have any plant ideas please suggest away.
Glad I could help.
Actually...The soil is ADA Amazonia or ? I've been wanting to try something for some time but never got the chance due to various factors. Maybe you can try it. Amazonia is know to release high amounts of NH4 in the first few weeks. Couple this with an uncycled tank and new/unadapted plants and you have a high risk of algae bloom or ammonia burn. Many people overcome this by changing 50% of the water daily for the first week and every other day for the second etc. However my thinking was to start with a no plant , no life tank just the filter...like yours. Put the Amazonia in, put water, increase water surface agitation, cover it with a thick blanket with no light exposure and let it run for 2 weeks. No light means no algae bloom, however this gives the bacteria time to start colonizing the filter and substrate and potentially complete the oxidative part of the N cycle. Drain the water, plant and enjoy... Just an idea, cannot deny that the waiting knowing that a scaped tank is there is a good argument against this method
As mentioned before, so far mini Christmas-moss is my favorite. It grows extremely dense at high light levels and readily attaches to any surface, unlike weeping moss.
Here are some of my current favorites Some mini Valisneria spiralis and Althernathera variety might work, pretty hardy plants too. Alternathera has great contrast with S. repens. If you want fine leaved... Myriophyllum Roraima, Rotala wallichii or sp. 'Vietnam'. If you prefer more nature aquarium look Ludwigia arcuata. As a general rule I would mainly focus on stems for the middle section to add height to the aquascape, add diversity in shape and increase the plant growth rate. I would also select smaller leaved plants to make the aquarium look bigger.