Thought I'd give one of these a try.
Partly a documenting method, but mostly looking forward to hearing from the great community here with any comments/suggestions.
Boring stuff first:
20 gal high 24x12x16"
-12" 16W WavePoint 10000K
-glass hood under WavePoint (relevant to section)
-Quiet Flow 30, ~200 GPH
-Marineland bonded filter pad
-Amazon: Pro Co2 regulator
-24 oz paintball tank with adapter
-cryptocoryne wendetii bronze
-2 ghost shrimp
ADA Amazonia substrate
Modified seachem dosing sched for 20 gal
.9 mL Flourish x2
2 mL Fe x4
3.3 mL K x2
2.5 mL P x2
1.3 mL N x1 --> x3 (2-8-18)
*Subject to change
So it begins! Yes, that is the bottom of a milk jug on the right, behold the brilliance.
Monte carlo didn't survive
massive melting. Beginning of diatoms
The survivors of the 'melt down', caused by extremely high nitrite levels during fishless cycle.
The good: Filled in with ADA Amazonia. I've never had anubias nana grow new leaves before, let alone 3 developing leaves in a week. No new plants yet!
The bad: Diatom explosion, hail hydra over everything, other less bothersome pests seen. Gave up on the tiny patch of monte carlo still left in bottom left.
Thoroughly cleaned filter, replaced 1 of the two pads --> huge drop in diatoms + the downfall of the tyrannical hydra (otos are nice and fat though). P. helferi arrived in poor condition but is showing slow recovery on 80%
It looks crap now while the general scape is figured out. Going to try a dutch-esque approach, I'd like to grow as many plants as realistically possible.