Good day, I thought I would try to document the progress for this tank. I received the tank last week, but the filter, light, and substrate are not arriving till next week.
For now, I have decided on some curly twigs (Harry Lauder's walking stick which is a type of hazelnut). This came from my mom who runs a flower arrangement business at her home. Here they are soaking in the tank, I did not want to boil it since the twigs are thin.
There will be a rock but still undecided as to the type. Placement is same, aiming for slightly bigger and more upright/right leaning. I thought I'd put a crypt (or more than one) off centre behind the rock, a nymphaea Taiwan at the left corner either behind or amongst the twigs, some Christmas moss on flat rock to form a small carpet in front of the rock.
Thinking of stauro or bacopa compacta close to the left foreground. Having trouble deciding. I want a slightly irregular look to that particular area. I really like the look of both but I'm aiming for less varieties of plants, but bigger clumps overall.
Lastly, some blank space in the foreground which will have dark gravel. The rest of the substrate will be Amazonia.
Planning on some neocaridinia, either yellow or orange after everything is cycled.
I am looking for opinions/tips
Stauro vs bacopa
Type of crypt (initial thoughts were petchii but description says height to 15cm, has anyone grown this taller than that? I wouldn't mind a slightly taller crypt)
This is going to be a low light tank, some ferts and some excel, but likely only weekly dosing for both in the long run as I can't see myself doing daily dosing except for the first couple weeks while plants getting established and there's no livestock.
Thanks in advance.