I feel a little sheepish here, because this will not be a tantalizing, uber-tech setup. But, after moving cross country, this is one of the tanks I was able to keep and I Have.To. Have. a tank running. This will be a Fast Forward because I have been saving my posts until the forum was fixed!
The photo is from Day 14 of a fishless cycle setup. I used mature media and the cycle is complete. Everything on this one is sort of an experiment.
Fluval Edge 12 with new 42 LED fixture.
Aqua Clear 20 HOB with extension added to intake pipe and impeller switched out for one from an Aqua Clear 50 for better flow.
Cobalt Neotherm heater.
Substrate: Eco-complete mixed with some Torpedo Beach sand that made the trip.
Fertilizer: Using a single squirt of Thrive weekly.
My idea is that this isn't made for a lush 'scape, given the tank limitations so I'll be attaching Java and Anubias to a central figure so I'm not trying to reach way down to fiddle with plants. There is one rooted Val spiralis in the corner because I wanted to try it. It's brave, but it's melted a bit.
That central figure isn't here yet so the Java is just floating around along with the Hornwort clipped to the walls (to keep it neat) and the Marimo balls and duckweed tumbling about as well. I'll tidy that up once the Giant Foo Dog arrives and I can attach plants to it.
I'll also have to glue a black piece of sponge in the Foo's mouth so the Betta, who is arriving tomorrow with an army of Nerites, doesn't swim inside and get his foolish fish self stuck. There's also an intake sponge on the filter to keep the hornwort trash out and the Betta fins safe.
Said Betta is a Black Orchid Crown Tailed fellow coming from Green Oasis Farms in Arizona. Gosh I hope he makes it. Will update when they get here.