Finally got this spare 5gal set up for my first foray into dirted/planted (used miracle gro organic potting, sifted & rinsed well; black diamond blasting grit on top, also rinsed. A LOT.) Sponge filter. You can't see it, but I'm going for Iwagumi style, ie., stones, driftwood "tree," dwarf hair grass, shorty repens carpet (I wish it was rimless, but I'm low on cash; I might use aluminum tape on the rims to make it look like that fancy vintage steel frame recently posted.) I want to put some neos in once it's cycled. No heater yet; I'd love to avoid it if possible. Water is a steady 75F, and it's in a small room with a heat source, re., winter. We'll see... I'll add a lid if I have to. I haven't decided on lighting yet, so today is its first day with a regular 60w plant bulb. And it's cloudy as all getout. Is that to be expected? My parameters are on the tank.
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