It's funny how with plants things seem to grow at a crawl, and then all of a sudden there's an explosion of growth. As if you blinked and you missed it all.
End of Week 1:
Then the boom of growth two days later:
Also, adding Amano's for preventative maintenance.
A note about water:
Traditionally, my water change scheme followed this schedule: once a day for the first week, every 2nd day 2nd week, every 3rd day third week and then once a week there after.
However, I find that overall all problems in planted tanks can be fixed with mastery of water. With cleaner water, with dedicated water changes. This tank so far has had a daily water change every day even past the first week and into today (which is technically in week 3).
I came to this conclusion for a dedication to water changing on this pace for a couple reasons.
1) in the wild, water moves at such huge volumes and at such huge rates that it's basically a 24/7 water change in the environment. No matter how great or large our enclosed setups get, they will never self replicate this system.
2) The system is most vulnerable when the ecosystem is getting established. When plants are getting established, rooting and growing is the highest chance for huge algae outbreaks because the ecosystem simply can't deal with it.
3) It doesn't take a lot of time and we won't be doing it daily forever.
4) Even if the water looks clear, when you get it in the bucket you can see a green tinge to it, I'll take a picture later. So even if you can't see activity in the water, it's happening.
5) An ounce of prevention is 1000% better than having to deal with the problem of algae over and over. Once it starts it's a pain to get it under control.
Edit to note: The Amano's in the bag came from a fish store with tons of algae everywhere, so very likely I've just imported some algae. That'll be interesting.