Ok awesome woke up this morning to pour out my soaking soil and a lot of the perlite came out so that’s awesome! Glad to hear it’s not an issue, thank you.
The tank has been running for about a week without fish so that should be good, the ich should be gone. Thank you for verifying all of that!
I’m also very happy to hear that I can reuse these plants after I break down the tank for the soil. The Java fern is not doing super great probably because I buried the rhizomes the leaves are black and melting. The other two plants are doing pretty well the hornwort loves the tank so far. I got 3 Vallisneria and a Helanthium and dwarf hair grass so that should be enough for rooting. Then hopefully the Java fern, Anubius, Christmas moss, and micranthimum will do ok without as much rooting.
I was going for a 1 inch of 50:50 soil/STS and then 1-1.5” cap of coarse sand.
I just ordered a new light as well the Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Plus Light which should do well for all the plants I ordered and leave room for adjustability. If anyone has any advice on this light it would be very much appreciated as my plants are in the basement and won’t be getting sun.
Amazon.com: Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Plus Light for Aquarium, 18 to 24-Inch : Everything Else