I'm finally able to set up a new tank after three plus years. I decided to go with crypts because they should be easy for my lovely girlfriend to take care of if and when I deploy again. I don't have any hardscapes it's probably just going to go crazy and end up being a crypt jungle.
-Tank I got off of craigslist. I don't know the brand. It does have a huge glass center brace I wish I could remove.
-10lb Co2 tank with custom built regulator
- Soon to have a DIY cerges reactor
Sunsun 404b - bottom to top - course filter pads/ polyfil / bio media / charcoal etc
Finnex 48" Planted plus
Sifted MGOPM capped with activflora black. It took 5 bags to cover dirt. Might need one more as there are some thin spots. I put balls of clay into the soil with osmocote.
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Bronze'
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya'
Cryptocoryne wendtii red
Cryptocoryne affinis metallic
Cryptocoryne Nurri Phangang mutated
Cryptocoryne Usteriana x Walkeri
Red Tiger Lotus
and unknowns purchased from a member of this forum.
I haven't added anything yet. I'm waiting until the crypts have completed the melting phase.
Plants arrived from online. Others I had sitting in holding tank as plants came at different time. Some were sitting for over a week.
Trying to plant crypts with no hardscape to use was a challenge for me. I honestly didn't know how tall some of the crypts got. I know they can get pretty big and fan out. I put the parva in the front with the other taller plants in the back. The rest was random. I also had to trim off so much roots to even plant. I put the hose in a bag to keep it from disturbing the substrate. I had to run around the house to control the flow.
Did a water change. Waiting for the big melt down to kick in. Just want to get this part over with.
Got some white nasty looking stuff growing over my substrate. I'm guessing it's fungus or bacteria eating the organics leaking from the dirt underneath. I tried to vacuum it up, but it keeps coming back.
I did another big water change and added more activflora over the spots where the white stuff is popping up. I'm guess the areas that it's growing are the thin spots so that's where I made it thicker.
My tank hates me. The more I clean it out the faster this stuff grows back. I'm hoping it dies away once everything settles down. This is the first time this happened to me.
On another note. I my whole house filter came in today to build my Cerges reactor. It ended up missing the cap so I had to send it back for a new one.