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Got the plants at Petco. Two anubias (no species unfortunately) which turned out to be three anubias, and an Amazon Sword which I bought as a whim. It looked so healthy and had 2 runners with what look like flower buds and small plantlets. Tried to tie the anubias with thread and failed, so they are rubber banded for now, 2 to the driftwood, and one to a small rock.
My friend with 20 years of experience with the hobby is coming by in a couple days to give me some Java fern, so this is not the final scape. I plan to plant the java to the back and left, then move the driftwood to the left as much as I can. Might give my buddy the huge anubias in the center. Doing a fishless cycle. These photos were all taken as I put it together, and the tank shot is around 20 minutes after finishing it. Lots of bubbles on the glass (how do I get rid of them). The wall behind is blue which makes it look a little cloudy in the photo, but zero cloudiness.
Fluval Spec V. Finex Stingray 16". Hydro 25w heater. Replaced the charcoal with Purigen. Plugged the slot at the bottom with a little piece of sponge. Fine black gravel. Natural Rapport all-in-one water conditioner. API Quick Start. 1 Seachem root tab for the Sword, will add a couple more for the Java.
• Maybe too much gravel? • The Anubias are too large/will get too large, should have picked a specific smaller species • The Sword will get too large • The Finnex Stingray is really, really cold white. Not entirely happy with the look
I'll post updates as things go along. I plan to eventually have several rasboras or danio swordtails (suggestions?). Also have some frogbit on order.
Anyway, comments and suggestions are very much welcomed. After doing tons of research on this, I spoke to my friend. His take is that for simple setups like this, it's far more relaxing and not as complicated as the internet makes it out to be. He doesn't even use water conditioner! But we are in Chicago which gets great water from Lake Michigan.
So whaddya think?