Got the tank up and running today. Final piece of the puzzle hadn't come in yet, which was my ada garden mat. Ended up driving out to nature aquarium again, since they had one in stock. Didn't want to have to drain the tank once it did come, so i figured id make the hour and twenty minute drive out.
The thickness of my soil was really bothering me. So, i deiced to tank some out. In the process some of the super sand special ended up coming up, but once i layed down some amazonia special over it. You couldn't tell.
Tissue cultured plants from AFA came in yesterday, but due to work they had to sit in the corner of my room:/ After i got back today from Santa Monica i started planting! Front carpeting plant is HC-"Cuba". I picked up some dhg belem from nature aquarium that was also form AFA and tissue cultured, planted that infont/along the two back stones. Back right corner is HM. The back left corner is a mix of Rotala Macrandra sp. Mini butterfly, Rotala sunrise, Rotala rotundifolia green. What i am trying to accomplish with that back left corner is a slow transition form green to red. green/sunrise/red. well see how it turns out. I know i said this was going to be an iwagumi, yet I've incorporated much stem plant. I just knew i would get bored of such a plain scape.
From there i moved on to linking all the vital pieces of equipment together. I had originally went with a GLA atomic inline diffuser. I absoluetly hated it. Made my tank look like a soda can. Im assuming its because of its small size? Decided to part ways with it. Ran over to home depot and grabbed the materials needed to build an inline reactor. Let me just say that for 20$ in material, could have been cheaper but i chose to go with a brass barbed nipple for the co2 line, it is a night and day difference. I have no bubbles in my tank what so ever. Hydor ETH200 right after the outlet, water runs into the reactor, mixes with c02, then out the lily into the tank. c02 pressure is a 30psi working and I'm running 2bps. I couldn't figure our how to mount the reactor or heater up straight. I picked up some commander strips that are rated for 10lbs. Stuck them to the back of my Ikea Malm 3 drawer dresser and they hold up strong! C02 and light are on timers(Co2 comes on at 2pm;shuts off at 10pm. Light is on at 4pm; shuts off at 12pm). Excuse the mess, still need to organize the wires.
All in all i am very happy thus far. As expected, water is cloudy. Heres a front shot. Even with everything attached to the filter. Flow has not been affected one bit.