Well, being thoroughly bored at work I thought I would start this up now rather than after the plants go in!
Setup will be -
rio 300 (filter removed)
overhead luminaire ( will modify this to have blue led's as moonlight)
Purity on tap HMA
FE co2 setup with digi PH controller
Im also going to use either baking sheet or tracing paper as the backing for the tank
hardscape is mainly redmoor with a few rocks of some description to hold it down
substrate - sand and fine black gravel, gravel will cover a growing substrate of aquatic compost
plants, well so far I have purchased 3 pots of HC, 3 pots of pogostemen helferi and 3 pots of lilaepsis novae. As well as this I will be transferring various crypts and anubias barteri nana into this tank. Also I have quite a bit of Java moss on order for the wood. Im not 100% on a background plant, I have some vallis which is growing in my other tank, and I might get some swords as well.
Inhabitants, upto 8 discus, a large shoal of either neons/cardinals/serpaes, my cherry shrimp and amanos. Algae eaters then Im probably looking at 5-6 otos I think, maybe even some cories
Im going to grow the HC, novae and pogostemen emersed as the tank wont be positioned until probably mid -feb when the smaller tank gets moved. Heres a couple of pics of progress so far. I spent 3 weeks soaking the wood to try and get it to sink with no success, so screwed in a large piece of slate to force it to sink
you should just be able to make out the divided area for the sand which I put in last night
The two straight pieces of driftwood im not 100% sure on yet, so Im always open for opinion on the hardscape. Ive made a substrate divider from the plastic you get from the inside of a new formal shirt as I want the sand to be bare and something the inhabitants can rummage through, this should also help with stopping the plants spreading into areas i dont want.
looking at the pics, im actually thinking of putting the straight driftwood pointing up towards the right side of the tank, coming from behind the other wood. so as always, opinions, criticism, praise all welcome