Week 3 Update
(23 days since planted):
Wow!!! I was away for like 6 days and I came home to this today:
Things were getting a little hairy around here! LOL
Well it's been over 3 weeks since I planted. With the exception of some hair algae, everything is moving along pretty nice. The Ludwigia sp. Red has grown pretty long so I snipped the stems and replanted them to thicken the red bush. The pygmy chain swords were shooting runners trying to invade other areas, so I snipped them off and uprooted them. Too bad I'm losing all the tall blades on the PCS which are getting replaced with smaller compact growth.
To remove the hair algae I used a toothbrush and gently brushed it off the plants. I twirled as much of it as I can to take it out in clumps. I then used some tweezers to pull away the algae that was hard to get to. Lastly, I spot treated with h202 and did a PWC, in which I gave my tank a nice healthy dose of Excel.
Here's my tank from day 1
to show a contrast of what 3 weeks of growth looks like:
And the tank as it is today
with most of the algae removed
Here's a close up of the HC, carpeting in better than anticipated... Who's needs DSM anyway??? haha:
And some more pics for the heck of it
Thanks for stopping in and reading!!!