Hi everyone, after a long hiatus from childhood, I got back into fish keeping and quickly became enamored with planted tanks. My first attempt was in a Fluval Flex 15, with a moss/bonsai wood "tree." Shortly after planting it, it started to develop algae due to proximity to my lights. The moss grew and it filled in the "tree," but then the underlying attachments to the wood rotted and the moss came off. The whole experience was due to a lack of planning on my part.
The Fluval Flex 15 was nice, but I'm going to move forward with the following setup:
UNS 40C cube tank (16.9 gallons)
Twinstar 300C LED with dimmer
Eheim Classic 250 Filter
Hydor ETH 200 in-line heater
Custom-made in-line temperature sensor
UNS Mini CO2 regulator (5# bottle)
Atomic inline diffusor
Cal Aqua lily pipes
I'm still planning out the final mix of plants, but the tank will feature a carpet of Monte Carlo, which I am currently growing out using DSM. I am using Tropica Aquarium Soil (powder) for substrate. The hardscape includes Ryuoh stone and spider wood.
The Monte Carlo was weak when planted because I left it sitting in the shipping box for almost a week before I planted it. It took a while for the Monte Carlo to take off (even with DSM), but I think that it should be completely filled in within two weeks.
I have another pico tank that I am going to put together this week, but then I'll be asking for help to finalize the plants for this tank. Stay tuned!