Hi everyone just joined after reading a ton of information that is available here and getting everything ready to start putting together my first planted tank in 3 years on Friday. As a background info when I first go into aquariums years ago I of course fell under the curse of no patience newbie and never had a successful tank. Like most newcomers I had absolutely no patience and needless to say things never worked out. Now I think I am ready to get back into the hobby but this time with tons of patience.
This is a list of what my tank will consist of:
30 gal 36x12x16 tank with open top
2x 36" Coralife Aqualight T5 with 2x 21-watt 6700k bulbs
2x Hagen AC70 hob filters filled with 1000g of Fluval Biomax biorings each
Jager 75w heater
Aquatek CO2 regulator w/ 20oz paintball 5bps 10 hours a day
Miracle Gro Organic Potting mix for the bottom (1 1/2in)
CaribSea Tahitian Moon black sand lightly covering the dirt (1in)
Colorado river rock
Glossostigma - covering the majority of the tank (3 pots)
Dwarf Hairgrass - covering the back of the tank behind the rock mountains (2 pots)
Cryptocoryne parva - around one mountain (1 pot)
Pigmy chain sword - around other mountain (1 pot)
No plans for fish yet as I want to wait a couple months for tank to be settled before I start adding anything
For the plant setup I am going to be using the dry start method for all of them. Since I have read that Glosso in particular propagates faster when not bunched up I am going to take apart the pots and plant each individual stem an inch or so apart using tweezers deep into the soil so only the top is above the substrate. I have read that by doing this the plant will propagate faster and have a much stronger root network. Will be doing almost the same with the dwarf hairgrass for the back. Since I want the crypto and pigmy around the rocks I will not be doing that to that extent with those.
I know that having puddles when soaking the substrate is bad with the dry start method so I was planning on laying down the soil, using a watering can to get it soaked, and then laying down the sand but I am not sure if that would be a good way to go about it. Then of course cover the tank with plastic and do 8 hour light period, spraying the plants with water every couple of days for the next 4-6 weeks.
Please bare with me for this pretty long post but I want to make sure I am not planning anything wrong come Friday which is the day I am setting up the tank. Planting the Glosso stem by stem is going to take a long time but I think it will be worth it and I think it will be pretty fun.