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No, I'm not on a hurry to flood it, really pushing it later and later, but should be by the second half-end September, so it'll be 3 months old then.
I'm liking it more and more dry
E. Tenellus was replaced by Eleocharis acicularis and it is doing very fine and sending shoots. C. Parva is growing fast and also sending many new shoots. P. Helferi is very dense, but very little shoots and 2 limited parts are getting brown/dry on top. I suspect these constant 28°C temperatures inside terrarium since 3-4 weeks with tops at 29°C. Hopefully it gets colder soon and I can see. It also could be a need for trimming as they grew significantely. Just not used with that plant yet.
I modified the layout mainly by changing the left rock to a shorter one with more surface relief:
Anubia roots are heading to the substrate. They don't dry in the moist air and I could remove cotton now:
Now, the P. Helferi is showing an interesting move to the emersed less sexy form:
The P. Helferi in middle of the tank are still showing a nice submerged form (look at the one in 2nd photo, on the right of the anubia). The front lateral plantlets are loosing submerged leaves and sending emersed ones. I don't get it why, but the light, more intense in the middle, can be an explanation
I'm also thinking at the fish. It will be around 10-15 Boraras maculatus red fish or the Danio erythromicron (blue fish, but likes harder water and very shy not shoaling), some critters or some Hara jerdoni
I need an advice on what I can put all behind/above the big mountain on the right: Anubia var nana (not petite), Winlow Java fern?
What about Echinodorus cuadricostatus there in the back?
Not too much in my liking, sadely
Otherwise, I submerged it yesterday, CO2 injected via the UP atomizer system, the mist is incredible and all plants are covered with CO2 microbubbles. In few minutes, the mist looks effective.
CO2 injected shots:
After CO2 shutdown:
Water is crytal clear from startup. The organic layer formed during emerged phase helps avoiding the cloudy effect when filling the aquarium. Also, first fill was done with a perfusion like mod using air tubing.
I missed the layout of the right corner though. The java windlow fern looks like put there and the rocky aspect is completely lost with the Anubia nana petite. I'm a bit disappointed and will lokk at it later. I'll open a topic just on that right corner I don't like
I made a big mistake. Was too lazy and short of time, so didn't remove any decaying organic matter that infiltred soil surface during the 4.5 months of emersed setup. BGA grew on the organic debris like mad in 24h
Now, I syphoned/aerated the soil, removed massively the debris and doing 80% WC 1d/2 + ferts/KNO3
Cut the light by 2, from 22W to 11W. Indeed, effective volume is only 7gals instead of the theorical 12 gals (5 gals lost in layout/soil).
If it's not too late, perhaps try planting some plugs of HC into that rock over on the back right so it looks like the HC is sort of weeping out of it. From there if you can get your hands on it, some Rotala goias would look nice up above.
Failing that, try moving your anubias petite lower down on the rock; cover the base of it and have it become sparser as it moves up along the stone. From there you could put the HC in the back where it's easier to plant, and have it sort of spilling over the top almost to suggest a waterfall like motion. Utricularia gramnifolia would look great too, but I've heard it's a real pain to keep.
Your tank is doing very well. You've put time into it, and it's starting to show. A few months from now when things are grown in and adapted, I'm sure it'll be amazing.