So my story begins.. I have purchased a Aqua One Aquanano 40 tank. Ive had it for a couple weeks and I'm using the Tropica 90 days app
Substrate - Tropica aquarium soil, with black roman gravel over the top.
Tropica canister Co2
Tropica premium fertilizer
BTW im not a sales rep for tropica.
Random wood, not sure exactly what, had a mould outbreak but seems to be dying off now after 1 clean.
Echinodorus Tenellus - Carpeting plant at the front. It has really taken off from day 1.
Echinodorus Aquartica x2 - planted at the back right side. Had a few leaves rot and I have removed but new growth coming in.
Limnophila Sessiliflora - behind the wood. used as a "supporting plant" basically a plant that grows quick to help reduce nutriets in water
Tiger Lotus - died in the post unfortunately. I lay the bulb on top of the aquarium floor but it started to rot so I binned it. In some ways im please I don't have it in as it would probably block out the light to the carpet plants.
Im fighting a battle with snails and Im using a mixture of techniques, Im sucking the visible eggs out daily with a syphon. Starting today Im using lettuce on the bottom aswell.
I have an amano shrimp in there that seems pretty happy in helping against algae although he seems to prefer the wood. Hasn't eaten any fungus at all.
This is my 1st open top aquarium and I learnt that Amano shrimp are excellent escapologists. I have lost 4 of the 5 I purchased, I found them dried out.
pictures to follow in a couple mins