So I just moved and tore-down my tank completely in the process. I also just added co2 for the first time and am ready to try out some new plants.
What I was sort of hoping to accomplish this time around was just stripping back a bit, I felt like with the two pieces of driftwood things were a little too crowded so I took one piece out and flipped the other on it's side. I also replaced the rocks I was using with some lace rock I picked up.
not a lot of setup photos unfortunately since I was in a hurry.
am I doing this right???
the Amano's seem to like this rock a lot as I suspected they would.
so... that's what I've got so far, all that's planted is java fern and a couple of anubias coffeefolia. I'm waiting on my eleocharis belem hairgrass and I'll probably let it go with just those for a little while while I figure out what else I want to plant. I definitely have a raised area in the back left corner set aside for something taller... maybe another type of grass? open to suggestions. I think it needs something taller back there to balance out the long branch pushing right.
In retrospect I probably would have cut a few inches off the long branch to open up the right side a little more but I'm okay with it and am not about to tear it all down again to do that.
I definitely don't feel settled with how I've got the rocks placed on the right-hand side. I want to leave plenty of room for planting some interesting things but I think I can re-arrange the rocks to be a little more interesting.
Again, I'm totally open to suggestions on how I should contour the substrate, what I should do with the rocks, and what else I should plant for some variety plant.
I also could use some advice on how I should start off the co2 since this is my first time using it. I think initially I had it up too high as the rasbora's looked to be gasping for breath (opening/closing their mouths quickly). I had it at probably 1-2 bubbles/second so I've decreased it to more like 1 bubble every 2-3 seconds. I guess I should probably get a co2 drop checker sooner rather than later.