That's some great looking ludwigia!! And the set up sounds like it has ample lighting. There ought to be no algae problem with all those stem plants.
Cannot imagine really having a lay out with 1 tall stem plant, and no hard scape. It just doesn't work.
If you are planning to make this a "display" tank, then I hope you have some plans for a lot of that ludwigia. Some how trading/selling a lot of it, especially once the algae is blasted away. A planted display probably won't emerge from so much usage of a single red stem plant. Red plants are usually "high lights," not the "body." A lay out's foundation comes from the hard scape, substrate positioning, and from the positioning and dense growth of the smaller plants. Especially the plants in the mid ground and those tied to the hardscape. These generally create the "structure" of the aquascape. Otherwise, we just have a row of flowers.
Barbel loss, according to my reading and experience, is caused by poor water / disease, not substrate abrasion. The red plants are lovely in this tank and I say let the hairgrass grow and see how tall it gets.
Add another cory keeper with several fish-years' experience on gravel, and no whisker loss.
Me too!! Gravel is no problem at all ...
Great looking tank youve got there. It looks great with the dark reds from the ludwigia and the bright green from the hairgrass. But i suggest you start pulling some of that ludwigia and replace sections with new plants. Great looking tank anyways and ill keep my eye out for this thread as it progresses. Should become a great looking tank in time .
Very good growth, Marc.
And not even boring with almost 1 plant species.
Planning any other plants yet?
Thanks everyone for the positive comments! It really means alot. Its been a rough ride with algae and i was almost ready to call it quits.
Gr.PJAN- I'd very much like to try new plants, but the way this tank is set up, its exactly how i want it. Everything grows, my fish are healthy, algae is almost none.
IF i do plan on adding new plants, what do you think would work well? I would like to keep the ludwigia as my main plant for the time being.
I think the left side would be first to get new plants....