Here is the progress so far:
Bought a used 65W PC light with dual daylight bulb, and got a free 20gL that had been suffering from thread algae. I vowed to turn the tank around and make it a successful planted tank.
Setting it up:
added the plants that came with it, and added my power sweep as the filter.
I put it next to my desk to keep me calm when doing stressful things like paying bills and what not
The cloud cleared up over night:
I scaped the best I could, but the plants were suffering and I had to chop toss that large mass of jmoss because it was infested with algae.
The tank is home to my 2 C.irrubesco males:
I picked up some more plants today (fresh ludwigia, threw out the old ones) etc..
So here is the tank as of right now... more updates to come
The aponogeton's are flowering like mad (I may try pollinating them to see if I can get them to produce seeds). The dwarf lillies need to have the surface leaves trimmed as well.
The cabomba I bought today is too big, but I want it to get established in the tank before I start chopping it up.
Can't wait for the ludwigia to fill in and make it's presence known!
Here are my stats:
GH - 11
I'll do a nitrate test later.
2 DIY C02 nutrafin systems, only one in use.