Thanks for the great comments so far, and boxxerboy yes just a bit too far ha ha.
Well about time I updated this thread, have been in hospital for a while so when I finally got back, the cyperus was just totally overgrown so out it came to become a potted houseplant.
This is how it looked before hand
I have lost two chocolate gouramis unfortunately, one was a jumper which I've never ever had with them before, and one who never grew more than about 1n half cm and was getting thinner by the day and eventually laying on the bottom so I put him to sleep.
Here's part of my school of them happily swimming around
I love their behaviour, full of character when in a bigger group.
The licorice gouramis have settled in brilliantly too although they are near impossible to take a shot with my phone but got a pic of one of the lesser coloured females
Definitely not an easy fish to keep as will only take live foods but all my others are very happy chomping on banana worms too.
So with the cyperus being taken out of the planters, they were replaced but with plants on both sides of the tank.
The new plants are
A beautiful antherium lily with purple spathes and some pothos that is placed on the glass at the back with just it's roots in the water so it will trail across the back.
Heres how it's all looking now.
I'm really happy with it now and the growth underwater I'm really happy with.
My various shrimp have also taken to making their homes inside the planters amongst the large roots so hopefully I'll have lots of babies soon. I always saw buried shrimp but think the chocco's ate the new borns.
Inhabitants are now:
35 red cherry shrimp
10 or so CBS/bee shrimp
11 chocolate gouramis
10 licorice gouramis
And 4 baby albino corys.
I'm possibly going to add in a large E.radicans to the left to balance it out but thinking on that one just yet.
Thanks again for looking and the positive comments so far
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