So I managed to snag a little 2.5g tank for under 10$ and wanted to try my hand at one of the fancy minimal maintenance dirt tanks I've seen kicking around the forums. I tried to follow the Walstad instructions to a T, but I can't help but feel that I must have done something wrong. I'll eventually add a few RCS to keep Hank the Snail company, but I'd rather get some outside opinions before I risk putting anyone less hardy at risk.
I've got some Ludwigia repens, Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig', dwarf sag and all sorts of random mystery floaters that I was given a handful of at my LFS and what I'm pretty sure is some form of lotus bulb (that will definitely outgrow the tank), but the general idea is that I want to have the stems grow emersed so I can have a little planted corner of my room. Did I plant it too sparingly? Should I throw in some more floating stems or something?
There's a 13w 6400k PCL in a fixture about 13 inches from the sand layer, so I'm not sure if that's too close and I'm just gonna burn anything that tries to grow in it.
Any advice or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
FTS. I tried to keep the sand under 1/2 inch, but it got a little deeper in some places because of how difficult it was to try and scoop into corners and how narrow the top of the tank is. Is my sand layer too thick? Am I going to end up just rotting off all my roots?
From the top. After less than 3 days, some of the ludwigia is already starting to grow emersed.
With the light fixture.
Hank the Snail's extreme closeup. Anyone have any clue what that little plant in the middle is? It was a misship in a group buy and showed up with red undercolouring and dark tops to the leaves, but now the new leaves are growing in green.