Thank you for the nice comments:
Lighting: 4 T-8 ODNO bulbs run staggered to create a noon day effect
2 bulbs 2 hours, 3 bulbs 2 hours, 4 bulbs 2 hours, 3 bulbs 2 hours, 2 bulbs 2 hours
Substrate: soil /clay sand mix under chick grit (was soil/clay/chick grit under sand but the MTS turned it over on me.)
CO2: bubbled into the pump in the sump, ~60 bpm.
Wood: Cyprus driftwood from FL
Non Crypts: Cyperus helferi
, Anubias barteri
, A. nana
, A. nana
“petite”, “weeping” moss, java fern
Crypts: Cryptocoryne beckettii
, C. cordata
var. ‘blassii’, C. griffithii
, C. x willisii
''lucens'', C. lutea
, C. moehlmannii
, C. nurii
, C. pygmaea
, C. spiralis
, C. usteriana
, C. wendtii
var. “red”, C. wendtii
Fish: Firebar danios and skunk corys
Inverts: Nertite, MTS, and some stray pond snails.
The C. cordata
var. ‘blassii’, A. barteri
, and Cyperus helferi
, have all flowered in this tank. The Cyperus helferi
has grown adventitious plants from the flowers.
I planted this tank from my other tanks so most of the crypts did not need a settle in period. The C. moehlmannii
were the exception, they did need a small piece of Jobes stick in the root area to get started. The tank is about a year old now.
ching4ever, sorry for the confusion, this is my first 75 gallon tank, not my first tank. I’ve been doing this for years.
This should be my first entry into the ADA contest.