Here's a sloppy FTS with the CO2 on blast and all the hardware in the tank, wanted to reply to Overfloater and Marko but felt silly not providing any pictures! Things just started to visibly take off about a day or so ago so there's not much YET to look at, but give it a couple days. The HC and Cyperus helferi were both being grown emmersed at the LFS so they need a good little while to transition. Oddly enough, the helferi seems to be growing faster than the HC and the moss.
Were the Amanos eating your plants? I had a problem with my Amanos eating my hygrophilia and alternanthera. They absolutely destroyed those plants. I started feeding them sinking wafers. Unfortunately I removed the chowed plants so I don't know if feeding them helped or not.
Nope, they're just so big (like roach size) and so active that their "romping" around is doing a good job at disturbing the neatly manicured soil I took a lot of time to cultivate. They also stirred up every melted HC stem, which isn't bad cause they essentially pruned for me, but a few sprigs that weren't melted were uprooted and that was annoying, but I just put them back. What I really hate is how much they messed up the front line of Aquasoil, which WAS nice and thin and even... not anymore, I have to level it out every day and it's not nearly as thin as it used to be, something only I'd notice most likely
I can be compulsive.
i dont like adding any fish or shrimp to the tank until at least a week after the plants show growth, that way they have a root system established enough to prevent unplanting. though this doesnt help much for foreground replants...
you seem to be doing really well with the regular lens, would really like to see the pics youd be posting with a macro. save up from selling your trimmings.
I was going to wait 2 weeks for that exact reason, but the cycle went so fast (3 days, pre-seeded media) I couldn't resist, and there was no way for me to predict these amanos would be the size of my thumb (would have waited but my LFS is an hour away so I didn't feel like leaving empty handed). And that's not an exaggeration, they're actually kind of gross looking they're so big. I'm lucky they've only unplanted about 2 growing sprigs, everything else was from the melt stage.
And with regards to the camera, I've learned a thing or two recently, but I kinda have to give the amanos credit for the macro shots, you wouldn't be the slightest bit impressed if you saw these things in person. A point and shoot could probably take a mediocre macro of these things. They actually throw off the scale of the tank when they're out and about