New setup 1 month update.
One day shy of one month since I planted and flooded the tank.
Tank: 29 gal
Substrate: Fluval Shrimp Stratum
Filter: Aquaclear 50
Light:Nicrew Classic LED Plus (Full sprectrum)
Plants: Water Wisteria, Variegated Water Wisteria, Lugwigia Repens, Bolbitus Heudelotii, Anubuias Nana, Java Fern Windelov Surprise Guest: utricularia gibba
Critters: 10 Blue Ramshorn Snails
I started with around a week long dry start to the monte carlo just to give it a chance to grab hold of the very light substrate. I got lucky compared to others I've seen post about fluval, my tank water never got dusty or dirty at all. Everything has been growing very well since then. Not sure I was prepared for how rapidly the water wisteria would grow and take over it's areas of the tank but I'm pleased with it. My poor java fern(attached to furthest right rock) is almost shadowed out by it. Still trying to coax a little more red coloration out of the ludwigia but it's growing nicely, even though I planted them a little too bunched up. All my plants came from Dustin's Fishtank except the monte carlo which was a tissue culture that barely survived shipping.
I just gave my Bolbitus a trim as the large/older stems were turning brown. There is one new stem that appeared a few weeks back and several new nodes that look ready to grow, so hopefully the trim will encourage that. The monte carlo did a major melt and has started growing back pretty well I think, the new leaves are much smaller. The tank is just coming out of brown alage/diatom infestation. You can still see plenty of it on the intake filter. But the snails have completely removed it from the glass and almost all of the hardscape and the substrate. It hilarious watching them go on a short coaster ride when the flow picks them and the substrate up. I had turned down the flow to let them keep at it on the substrate and then immediately noticed egg sacks all of the glass so I'm testing to see if the heavier flow will discourage egg laying. ( I can dream).
Currently toying with the idea of adding more plants right beneath the filter intake and behind the driftwood, I actually left space there for that purpose. Thinking about Alternanthera reineckii or Alternanthera reineckii mini. Any other thoughts?