if i can get the right lighting i can wait 6 weeks. i have had HC do fine for me in the past. it spread great and did good adding it to an established tank. however, i allowed a bunch of hair algae infected rotala slip by me ( rookie mistake) and i ended up with it getting tangled in my HC. I'd very much like to avoid that.
Since then i have obtained an RO unit and have learned quite a few things. I now understand so much more than i did but still learning.
I have eco-complete, pressurized CO2 and a small hang on in mind. I wish somebody made a small affordable canister for small tanks. I have a few rocks picked out and plan to go with just HC. maybe some dwarf hair grass depending on lay out.
I have some red cherry shrimp and scarlet badis to go in it when done.
I want to keep a photo record of it too but we'll see how much time i have.
thanks for the advice