Not the greatest looking tank just yet with tied down clumps of moss and very little else. I was careful to point the moss in one direction before tying it, and positioned it all on the same side of each branch to simulate how it would grow in nature. Once the stump went in the water, the air trapped in the moss created buoyancy that curtailed that effort where it wasn't wrapped down in several places. And about 20% of it came free completely after a few minutes under water current. But I tied it back down underwater the best I could. This isn't a tank I set up to gratify immediately, so not too stressed about it.
It was a cloudy mess until a couple of hours ago. I used Accu-Clear, which isn't a product I endorse but it works and there's no fauna except for ramshorn snails. Pieces of fern are still coming loose from time to time so I'm running big sponges over the intakes. This eyesore won't be permanent. I fully expect this to take 6 to 12 months with CO2 before this gets where I'm envisioning, but the framework is there if the moss takes off. I feel sure the plants in the substrate will.
Tank #2 -the sun is bright so pardon the glare until I can get some better shots.
Hard to capture cube tanks in a photo, so I took a phone video showing them from all sides. Hated to film vertically, but the tanks are taller than wide. This is just one reason I don't publish these as "public." Eleanor decided to do a backroll and grunt the whole time I filmed it.
Tank #1 is doing fantastic. Tons of pearling in the E. Vietnam and Blyxa and I can almost watch the stems grow. Though I'm not sure I'm keeping any in this tank. I think I'll remove all the old growth Anubias barteri here soon. And some of the newer growth, seeing as buce is covering a good bit of real estate and I'd prefer smaller leaves on the stump. Have some A. nana "bonsai" in the substrate I'll attach if there's too much in the way of bare spots.
All in all, it's certainly worth the hours and dollars I put into this upgrade. I'm going to keep an eye on pH levels for a few before I add any shrimp or fish. My better half would like to see some fauna and I am happy to do anything that adds to her almost saint-like tolerance for my hobbies. I still need to put all my aquarium stuff back in the cabinets, but took an early picture of the living room anyway.