Its been a few weeks since my 32 litre Hemianthus Callitrichoides DSM tank was flooded and the plants are growing well.
The tank was cycled within a week as i used mature filter media from another established tank and the ADA aqua soil substrate had already released a majority of its ammonia and nutrients over the initial 6 week DSM period.
Limnobium Laevigatum (aka Amazon Frogbit) were added in from the start to help soak up the excess nitrates and nutrients.
I've also added in a nice tree-like twisty branch bogwood piece with Fissidens Fontanus attached (will have to wait for the moss to grow over the next few months). Hopefully it will eventually grow into a nice and lush fissidens moss tree. :)
Otocinclus Affinis and Neocaridina Heteropoda were added after the tank was fully cycled to help reduce algae and detritus. More fauna will be introduced progressively in stages.
This is a photo of the tank at 2 weeks post-flooding...
Here are the tank stats:
Tank Size: 45cm x 30cm x 24cm (High Clarity / Low Iron Glass)
Substrate: ADA Aqua Soil New Amazonia (Powder Type)
Filter System: Eheim 2224 + 13mm gUSH Lily
Filter Media: Seachem Matrix + Bio Sponges
Temperature: 27-28 °C
Lighting: Up Aqua Z-Series Pro LED Z-15 (45cm)
Light Duration: 6-8 hours
Water Change Regimen: 20% Weekly
Tested using API Freshwater Master Test Kit
pH = 6.6
Ammonia = 0 ppm
Nitrite = 0 ppm
Nitrate = 5-10 ppm
Hikari Shrimp Cuisine
Blanched Zucchini & Green Peas
More photos of the tank...
The tank looks abit bare at the moment, but it should fill out once i add more fauna and the flora have grown further.
Will update soon. :)