After moving and settle down, I restart the same tank. More than 1 month ago, I collected some manzanita branch from Mountain near my home. It was sinked after about 4 weeks. However, after I bleached them and cleaned them, they float again. I can't wait another couple weeks for its sinking since I already got plants ready. Although the manzanita is still floating, I used petrified rock to make the first aquascape.
The plan is
1. use moss to cover tip of manzanita
2. The background will use needle leaf java fern and some regular java fern
3. Will use anubias nana petite at bottom of the manzanita. Still looking a good amount nana petite.
4. If blyxa Japonica can survive, will use it as midground.
5. Will try to plant most plants at right side and leave left side empty.
For the equipment, 2x36" T5. 1 light for 6 hour and 2 light for 4 hours. Eheim G160. CO2 injection. Plan low maintenance. No doping. Minimum water change as I did before.
Any suggestion are appreciated! Because the manzanita is still not sink, I may need redo some of aquascape when it sink.
From 15 month ago
One year ago, the beginning of the tank:
It has been a year since I start this low tech tank. My goal was to setup a really maintenance free tank.
Here is tank after one year.
Some update. Still no water change, no filter clean etc. Basically maintenance free. The best thing is no algae.
During a year, I did 2 times 50% water change. No dosing. no trimming. No filter cleaning. Clean the glass every 1 to 2 months. No gravel vacuuming. Add 1 gal tap water every week without even adding prime. It is algae and snail free! I have tried planted tank for 8 years. This is the best I got. I do had some short algae outbreak. But it is much easier to deal with compared with high tech tank. I got brown algae, BBA and thread algae for short period time. All of them are caused by some dramatic change. After the tank was stable, they went away soon.