Tank: 40G Tall
Substrate: ADA Power Sand Special, AS-Amazonia II Normal & Powder, Nile Sand.
Hardscape: Manten Stone
2 1/2 months into Dry-Start Method, almost have everything and am ready to flood halfway. I'm going to have some questions, no doubt.
Change of plans late in the game, so there have been concessions and will likely be more.
Hate the mirror back now, but I'm not about to try to strip it. Live and learn. Just have to minimize the impact now. One of the reasons for going with a riparium style.
ALGAE ISSUES. Ended up covering most of the sand to eliminate light exposure and minimize the spread.
And some issues with the HC have popped up. May have been neglect while sick, but they started out way too wet also. Did nice once dried out some, but have had this pop up as I've been dealing with algae on AS-Amazonia II.
BUT, It's not all bad...
HC creeping up the Manten Ston mountain.
Put your root down! HC looking great in this area! This is what I wanted to see.
HC creeping over Manten Stone... ...along with some hitchikers on there? Thought I saw a fissiden strand in the HC, but must have lost it while cleaning algae off soil (visible upper left of pic).
Some good moss growth on here, but also a bad algae spot on the back that needs to be taken care of.
New ADA CO2 Advance System installed today and ready for water. Plan to run light CO2 in 20 gallons, to help the HC along. Had a Do-Aqua small Music Glass that was less noticeable and required less tubing in the tank, but I broke it trying to get the tubing on. Using the ADA Pollen Glass, included in the kit, for now.
The other reason for doing a 20G fill and riparium-style upper. Location is already too cluttered (den / kid's playroom) so it was either this or no CO2. No room for a bigger "small bottle" in the stand, so I'll be paying for this convenience in the form of refills for a while. I hope to go light on the CO2.
4 - 24W small tubes (96W total). Splurged on light back when I thought I was going to be filling the 40G-Tall all the way up. Loving the light and program ability!
Dual Bio Wheels perched high, hanging out and waiting while the Cling Wrap is on. This is 1/2 of the water-return and will require some form of waterfall/-ladder to ease the transition from top of tank to mid-level waterline. I'm thinking about using small pieces of Manten Stone along the back for this purpose, but I'm still working this out.
Riparium planters have been ordered and plants will be picked out once I get the tank flooded. Thanks to Devin (ripariumsupply) for the products, suggestions and overall great customer service!
Any pointers, etc. are certainly appreciated at this point. I know this process is going to leave me with a lot of questions.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my project. I hope to keep it moving along and learn some things... ...so I can get moving on the next one.