Let there be light!
I wanted some sort of pendant-style light for this tank, but the price on the few commonly available options is a bitter pill to swallow. Meet the newly released Aqua Illumination Prime HD Freshwater. Everything I was looking for in a fixture, for hundreds le$$ than the competition. Five channel programmable light schedule via wifi right out of the box, up to 80+ PAR @ 24". Nice, clean look that really opens up the surface of the tank for a whole new dimension of viewing pleasure.
One of my goals is to start experimenting with floating and emergent growth. My design concept for the overflow incorporated the idea of being able to use it to adjust the water level up and down seasonally. Didn't work out exactly as planned but I should be able to make some modifications in the future should I ever decide to try it.
Starting out with one of my favorite floaters, Brazilian pennywort.
This stuff grows like gangbusters for me. Took an ugly, stunted 4" stem I found languishing in my low-tech tank and six weeks later it is covering half of the surface.
I also discovered that the top of the stump is positioned perfectly to hold a wabi-kusa ball halfway out of the water.
Picked up a few of these from @j03yYunG
. Not a great time of year to try and transition tropical aquatic plants to emergent growth, so we shall see how things go with this. There are a few strands of moss for now, some AR mini on top that I'm expecting to shrivel up, and a few small rhizomes of mini bolbitis around the sides.
Finally got around to rigging up a mount for the pH and temperature controllers. Plants and fish all seem to be doing fine. There are a few new inhabitants that should be coming in this week that I'm pretty exited about. Stay tuned!