This is the second tank I started this weekend. The journal for the first one can be found here
and the DIY process for the tank and stands is located here
The filter has already been matured by "fishless" technique using Fritz zyme and household ammonia so I am ready to add fishes as well. But I could not find any cardinals or amano shrimps in my LFS so I will just start with a hand ful of cardinals I have in my old tank.
I am trying to portray a lush summer in the Swiss Alps.
The setup process was simple. Apart from fixing the Co2 equipment, filter inlet and outlets, I tried to capture the scaping portion as shown below.
First some power sand at the bottom
And Aqua Soil Amazonia - powder on top of it. A rough 2 inches flat on which I will place the main rocks.
After the rocks are placed, the contours are made by additional aquasoil. These contours are not final yet.
I will be using only HC and christmas moss for my scape. Got 4 bundles of HC on small rocks from my LFS. They are embedded in the soil towards the back of the tank so that they can spread to the front as they root out.
The main character of the scape (apart from the rocks) will be produced by a christmas moss "pine forest". This is the tedious portion. First I have to break bamboo skewers into necessary sizes. Then I need to tie the moss on the skewers. TThe picture below shows the first 10 skewers I made. 100s more to go. This will take a few days so I will put my next set of photos after I have placed all the "trees" in place and fine tuned the contours.