I'll be moving to a new apartment in a few days and I'm hoping the move isn't too stressful on this tank. I plan on draining the water down as low as I can..maybe leaving a couple inches and leaving everything intact. It's too dense to remove the fish without removing the driftwood. Luckily, I'm moving within the apartment complex. However, I have to go down 3 flights of stairs and back up another 3 flights.
Anyways, this is why I decided to dismantle my other 29 gallon NPT. It has pretty much the same set up and equipment except lights. I just ordered this
fixture from eBay yesterday and am not sure what to expect. Seemed like a really good deal for double the wattage in my other tank.
Still trying to decide which direction I'd like to go with this new tank. Originally wanted to do an Iwagumi style hardscape with some nice stones and light colored beach sand with no plants but it didn't take long before I wanted to do more(I gotta have my plants!)...which is why I ended up ordering that fixture.
I was thinking about mixing some of my MiracleGro with some flourite and capping that with the beach sand. I'd keep the sand layer fairly thin, just enough to get an even spread and cover all visible fourite/soil. I'd keep the flourite to soil ratio around 50/50 or maybe more flourite than soil.
I did some reading about HC (dwarf baby tears) and found out that it can be done without pressurized CO2 if there are no other competing plants fighting for it. Also saw that some people attempt to grow the HC emergent until the roots develop before transitioning to submerged. After it has established roots and starts to spread submerged, I'm wondering if I can slowly add dwarf hairgrass without out-competing the HC. These are the only 2 species I'm considering adding as I want to keep the stones prominent and the overall look simplistic.
I would be able to run the the lights at half intensity at first to curb algae growth. Normally I would just throw in a lot of Hornwort or other fast growers but I want to be able to isolate good HC growth.
The main goal here is to grow a traditionally CO2 required plant without it and see if it can be done. What do you guys think?