Placement of the (oversized) garden mat
Removal of extra with razor
Adding Power Sand
Adding Tourmaline BC
Adding Bright Sand
Adding first layer of Aquasoil Amazonia
Smoothing out substrates (with $.60 plastic scraper
My excited audience
Adding the Aquasoil to slope
Preliminary wood arrangement
Plumbing (Eheim 2217 – DIY reactor – Hydor 300w)
Added to filtration to remove any remaining tannins
Peacock moss attached to small pieces of African root wood w/ cotton thread
Peacock moss attached to driftwood w/ cotton thread
Echinodorus tenellus – bought from slickwillislim at the SAS. This is the thin stuff
Planting tenellus – I filled the tank with water because moistening plants was beginning to be too much of a pain. The tenellus planted easily enough.
ADA Solar I Light hung from the ceiling; 12 inches from the surface of the tank
Front top view – finished scape. Peacock moss, Echinodorus tenellus, Bolbitis h., Crinum calimistratum.
Front with light
Front closeup Halide
Front closeup Backlight
A view from the couch
That’s it for now. The tank is still cycling. There is currently 4 ppm Ammonia! .25 ppm Nitrite. 10ppm Nitrate. And this after three 80% water changes. I’m not sure if it’s coming from the substrates or the wood. Either way, I’m not taking any chances. I do daily water changes, and only run the light for 1-2 hours a day. I also have added floating Hygrophila to the tank.