Since I have been making some slow progress on this I thought I'd go ahead and begin a journal. An old Oceanic 42 gallon hex that's been sitting empty for a couple of years. 2 x 24W 6500K PC lighting in a DIY hood, XP3 canister filter, Griggs style DIY CO2 reactor,Victor 2 stage regulator, Fabco inline needle valve, Hydor 200 Watt inline heater and Aqua 15W UV. Substrate is SMS charcoal base with 1-1.5" of fluorite cap. Rock is petrified wood. I'm thinking this might be a Rainbow tank and maybe add some shrimp if they are compatible. Anyone that keeps the 2 as tankmates with success please chime in. I'll dose macro/micro solutions made from dry ferts.
Here's the tank:
Hardscape front view. The large piece of petrified wood creates a cool terrace and was the reason I went this way on the hardscape. It's more than a foot long 4" thick, 2-6" front to back and shaped a bit like a boomerang.
The substrate in the front is only about 1" deep and will not be planted. The back terrace is about 5" deep. Plant list will hopefully include Bacopa Caroliniana, Rotala Vietnam, Sunset Hygro, Hygro Compact, Dwarf Hairgrass if I have enough light, some Blyxa, Subwassertang, and Downoi again if I have enough light. I'm reading mixed messages on the hairgrass and Downoi so anyone with experience again please chime in.
Here's a diagram of the plant location plans. I'm hoping to create some height on the left side and left rear corner tapering down to the right. I'd appreciate any feedback on the plant selection with the lowlight the tank has and also it's location realtive to the other plants and my plan for the look. I also plan to glue some Anubias to the wood, especially along the right side of the large piece where it stairsteps up.