So tomorrow I'm looking to start work on this tank. Tonight I laid out some hardscapes and decided on the one to follow. Also made some decisions on equipment and plants for it as follows:
Lighting: Finnex Lamp with 6700K and/or 10000K 13W bulb
Filtration: ZooMed 501 Canister Filter or Hagen Mini Internal Filter will try Hagen first
CO2: DIY out of a 1L bottle via Glass Nano Diffuser
Possibly a short stem plant for the far corners
Here are some pics of the hardscape I've decided upon. I'm going with some slate that I found around the house that's from a previous tank. If I can find a nice piece of driftwood I may go about incorporating that as well:
Also, here is a picture of the light I will be using, though I'm likely going to rig something up to hold it from the back
Like I said before, in place of that towel I'll be using Eco-Complete, probably only gonna let a small part of the sides of the slate show. As far as placement of the plants, I'm going to try to get a decent amount of HC in the area between the two rocks, then put the blyxa on the sides. Depending on how that comes out, I'll then decide on a stem plant.
Also the plan is to just run the tank without livestock and dose Excel alongside running the CO2 for likely the first month or two. I may even attempt emerrsed growth of the HC as it doesn't seem to be propagating at any pace in my 12g.
Any feedback is welcome!