Edit: To say thanks to everyone for the comments, they are much appreciated!
rountrees: If you do be sure to get the 'belem' or 'japan' variant. Much easier to maintain a nice short foreground since it curls back down toward the substrate. The only thing you really have to worry about is thinning it out as it gets too dense. Once it gets so packed in there you start getting a little browning from the overgrowth.
If you want to try some out hit me up and I can send you a small starter portion.
Thanks for the 'grats and nice comment stingraysule. I may try to snap a pic sometime although it'll be just another pic of a berried OE blue tiger. At least its one of my darkest girls, not sure how that translates to % of darker offspring. Not too concerned about that at this point though.
On an unrelated note good luck to the Atlanta Braves tonight as they try to take down the very good TB Rays!
Haha non_c I am most definitely not afraid of 6 inches of substrate. Just afraid of the cost of all that aquasoil. :P
I'll have to get some updated pics soon. I just hacked up the tank pretty good on saturday and pulled a chunk of 'belem' out for a trade. Dunno why but the silly blue tigers were crawling all over my hands while I was trying to trim the carpet out. Its almost like they were trying to stop me... its never happened before.
Snapped a few quick pics while I was mucking about in the tank room today. This tank fared better than my others during the summer months.
Right now the lighting is dropped to a single 24W T5HO 10k bulb. Going to see how it fares without CO2 for a while as I only have a 5lb bottle feeding both this and my 20 long.
Lots of BBA at the moment but will kill it back once the tank stabilizes without injection.
Thanks man! I forgot to mention that all the OEBT shrimp were lost over the summertime. Seems that the only way I can have luck with Cardina sp. is to have them in a low light/no touch kind of tank.
So right now this tank is empty of inhabitants and I'm in the process of trying to decide what to stock it with. It would be a nice tank for a pair of Orange Flash Apistos which someone in the club breeds... or a colony of clown killies also a local breeder... or I've also considered a bunch of banded gobies. Too many choices.