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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 regarding:
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.
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Aziz! Light!

Any Fifth Element fans out there?

Anyways, the light arrived today. Isn't she sexy?

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Thanks jasa73

That got a really good chuckle out of me!
 

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Got substrate

The substrate arrived in the mail, two days early! I decided on aqua soil to give the root plants (3/4) something nice to grow on; with the added bonus of ammonia release, I don't have to buy any to do the cycling.

Gravel is Caribsea Kon Tiki. Stone is Ohko and man, is it ever messy! Good thing is that even as small chunks break off, it will just blend into the gravel colour scheme.

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Plants are ordered, likely here tomorrow.
 

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Plants are in!

I planted yesterday. I ordered Crypt becketti 'petchii', Nymphoides 'Taiwan' and Bacopa compact. Sadly, the Bacopa was very leggy so I decided to take advantage of it and use in the background. There was so much in the one pot, it filled up the entire corner! The crypt went to the foreground instead. We will see how it works out.

Light is Azoo Flexi-Mini LED, it's very sleek and seems to be a good size for the cube. Filter is Tom mini internal, for now. Position is temporary, right now it's much easier to access it so I can rinse out the sponge frequently as it traps all that Aquasoil dust (oh man, was there lots of it). It's quite a small filter for this 6 gallon cube. However, I do not feel inclined to go with a canister or HOB right now. If I change my mind, I will likely go HOB since this is the future home for some Neocaridinas.

This is in my 12 yr old son's room, and he's pretty excited about it. Heh, nice when someone else in the family can enjoy your hobby with you.

I applied window cling film to the back, not sure what I think of it yet but it sure reflects a lot of light back in the tank.
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There's a few Anubias nana in there, but it's probably temporary. There was a huge clump in each of the two pots that I ordered for another tank, lol I could have just ordered one pot, but it was an online purchase so I didn't have a preview.

For any Canadians here, I ordered my plants from Aquariums West, and so far everything I ordered has been very healthy. And there's a ton of plants per pot!
 

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Thanks strangewaters!

I am hopeful. Now it's a waiting game for the plant growth and cycle.
 

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May be a waiting game for plant growth but it won't be long with Aquasoil. In a few months you'll probably be tired of trimming those stems.

That's a great blend of substrates. Dirt/clay-based subs mixed with gravel usually aren't my favorite but, as this forum likes to do, my mind has been changed and my eyes have been opened. Just looks great in that tank.
 

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What type of wood or roots are those?

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Some "Harry Lauder's walking stick" branches.
Aka corkscrew hazel
Aka Corylus avellana 'Contorta' (he he the biology major from 30 yrs ago has surfaced)
 

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May be a waiting game for plant growth but it won't be long with Aquasoil. In a few months you'll probably be tired of trimming those stems.

That's a great blend of substrates. Dirt/clay-based subs mixed with gravel usually aren't my favorite but, as this forum likes to do, my mind has been changed and my eyes have been opened. Just looks great in that tank.
Thanks for the compliment and encouragement!
 

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Just documenting some changes, not picture worthy.
Crypt melted some leaves over the past week, but I see some new growth today.
Nymphoides also melted about half or more leaves but there was new growth at least since yesterday.
Bacopa doing well.
NH3 0.6 to 1.2 ppm today (dang these Hagen tests, having trouble with the colorimetric scale for the nitrogenous compounds). I guess the aquasoil is leaching as expected.
 

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Tank is cycled!

Yeay!

Plants are taking off nicely, especially the Nymphoidea, so, happy dance! There's some diatom issue but I can live with it. Asked the boy child what kind of shrimp he would like. He said "Blue". So I gave him the choice of OEBT or Aura Blue- chose OEBT. He doesn't know it yet but I also ordered yellow neos. Hope they will all play well.

In the meantime, here's a side shot.
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That looks really nice. Whats that plant in the back? And not sire if tou got it but i messaged you about those plants you I.D. for me.

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The bight green plants with lily-pad leaves - Nymphoidea 'Taiwan'. It's very pretty. I expect the leaves will go all the way to the top eventually. It is the fastest growing plant in this set-up.
 

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Cute, but I don't think your customs guys would let the package go through. Cali has such strict agri screening.
 
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