I've been working on this monstrosity for a while. I hope the plants will thrive. I have switched the bulbs to a compact florescent on one side and a full spectrum aq florescent from walmart i read good reviews on.
Right now I have baffled the filter and covered the intake with nylons to prevent fin loss. The tank is not cycled, i tried with shrimp and was not happy with the results so i tore it down and started over. I believe I did introduce saprolegnia
into the tank due to using the shrimp method.
Any how there are two guys in there and I have duckweed, wisteria, hornwort, java fern, argentine sword, naja grass, and am floating some pothos leaves as temporary cover until the plants grow. Also m sprating some betta bulbs in there as well..
It's barebottom tank I do a 50% waterchange one a week and also clean out the waste daily, so far it doesn't even register for ammonia after a week. I also use prime and blackwater extract for water conditioning with each water change. Temp is 78 I have some local granite and terracotta pots in there as well as some small stones to keep the argentine sword rooted.
Any suggestions on how to maintain/grow the plants are appreciated.
There is also a betta log on the bright side of the tank-Phantom (who is now marbeling from cello to red) LOVES it, and spends all his time in there.