I found a 20g for $5 at an awesome saltwater store nearby. Previously I ordered some plant seeds from China on a phone app 2 months ago and finally got them after dreaming of how I would scape this tank. It's shabby, but is still a good practice tank, so I filled the bed with 1/2 inch layer of miracle gro/ organic soil, then a plastic grid, then another smothering of soil mix. I added in a couple of local floral specimens from a waterfall in Ferguson, N.C.
I sprinkled a teaspoon of seeds, and topped off with some lava rock from my local hardware store, then adding an additional tsp of seeds.
Day 1-3 I began to notice a white gooey film developing on top of the soil and water, but still I continue with the daily regimen.
I have done a somewhat decent job of balancing the moisture and fertz/o2
, and after 4 days I can finally see growth (seemed to happen in a 12 hour span).
I'm wondering if the soil is no good, I'm ok with doing heavy maintenance in the next few months, but I'm not sure if I can house any fish once it's cycled because of this goop.
Learning as I go, any advice would be appreciated.