Hello! So a new project commences...
Having run a v large 120x60x60 tank for the last 9 years I've decided to downsize to something smaller and easier to manage tightly. For this fresh start I wanted only v high quality equipment that will integrate beautifully into our home. I spent ages looking at different LED light units with non really inspiring me until I discovered the Amano Aquasky units which really are a thing of minimalist excellence that apparently perform as well as they look. I selected the 602 unit in order to be sure to have ample light for grasses and carpet plants in a 45cm deep tank. To start I am going down the full Amano route with Aquasoil Amazonia and Powersand substrate and fertilisers. I built my own cabinet out of birch ply, walnut and zebrano and walnut veneers. It cost less in materials than a quality Amano or german tank and building it was more fun than buying one and allowed me to make it at 90cm high rather than the usual 70ish and, to my eye, better proportioned to the 45cm high tank.
I've run it without plants for 3 weeks changing 70% of the water each week as recommended by those helpful guys at The Green Machine. Planting happened a day ago using excellent tissue culture plants from Aqua Essentials (I figured the Green Machine had had enough of my cash for now..!)
I maybe over ordered...
One day on there are early signs of roots taking hold... I'm using the dry start technique to get things established swiftly with hopefully a minimum of plants up rooting and floating off..