My first (planted) tank- dirted 20 g high - 4 weeks in
20 gallon tall.
Organic potting soil with fluorite "natural" substrate
Started with aqueon quietflow 10 but converting to an Aquaclear 30 with a pre filter and switched to a stack of sponges.
Beamworks DA FSPEC 24" LED array on a timer. Tank is lit for 9 hours with 4 hour midday siesta (8-12, 4-9)
Two week dry start, now 4 weeks in.
After an initial burst of diatoms and green algae (filtering stupidly with activated carbon filter, too long lights, no algae eating fauna, and had to leave town for a few days)... after cleanup and fixing obvious issues, I have been daily dosing Flourish Excel.
Flora: - I took the shotgun approach (plant heavily and see what sticks)
Floating: First tried azolla with some duckweed, now replacing with salvinia and red root floaters
Foreground: Eleocharis acicularis, (HC Cuba- I was stubborn and tried to plant and it failed- now mostly removed), crypt wenditii green, hygrophilia tripartia- (planted after the first diatom burst),
Midground: (L) Malaysian driftwood and lava rock with microsorum pteropus (windeluv, trident, regular), java moss, anubias nana petit, different varieties of buchelandra, susswassertang, java moss and (R) sagitarria subulate, crypt wenditii (brown, red, green), crypt undulata
Background: Initially: echinodorus martii, moneywort and rotala rotundifola and myriophillum. Moneywort melted and I chickened out and pulled it out. Added hygrophilia corymbosa siamensis and ludwigia repens, Crypt balansae.
Fauna: 4 oto, 3 nerite snails, 4 amano shrimp, and 9 cpd after