Aaron---that's great news! That's about as fast as I can handle!!
Philip, no worries! Like I said, I should have taken a pic before I had planted it. Maybe I'll send you some in a few months.
Hey Bill....thanks! Webcam of my tank.....not a bad idea!! lol!! Feel free to PM me to get more info and my opinions on the Hygrolon. I'll be happy to discuss it with you more!
Thanks 2in10! Nice to see you pop in again bud!! It's been a while!
Keith.....look forward to grabbin' a bite to eat on Tuesday. I'll let you know about the Staurogyne, but it will be a while.
I agree with you about the tank. It should get better and better as time goes on. There should be buce's, thread-leaf java fern, and anubia species covering most of the Seriyu stone and going up the submersed manzy branches, tons of mature crypts and various stems either filling in the background or growing above the water line and flowering, and the Sag should form a nice natural looking lawn. At least, that's what I'm hoping for! It's not as hard as it might seem, though....sure, there are (and were) some hard days with setup, re-planting or rearranging, and stuff like that. But, the "top" part requires little maintenance except for daily watering of the "non-epiphytes" or twice-per-week misting of the epitphytes....that's not too hard. The "bottom" of the tank requires daily feeding, some ferts in the water column, and maybe a twice-per-week five gallon water change. Some minor trimming every so often. Nothing that hard, really. Maybe an hour or an hour and a half every week, I would guess.
Compare that to my last set up where I would spend up to 8 hours in one day
doing massive trimmings, plant packages, re-plants, and so on. This system is easier in many ways!!
Last set up pictures for a little bit. I'm getting the camera fixed. My lovely wife accidentally dropped it, and it broke one of mirrors in the camera, so we are trying to have it repaired. I may just have to get a new one, I guess.
Feel free to comment and critique, and thanks for taking time to look everyone!!
One of my favorite parts of this tank are the "valleys" between the Seriyu stone peninsulas. Here is the one on the left side, by the Red Metallic patch:
Here is the other one on the right side....you can see the newly planted "true" Sagittaria subulata:
Shot of the Alternanthera along with a Tilly and a micro fern in the background:
Shot of the left side of the tank:
Dischidia sp. "Geri" flowers:
The "undergrowth"....one of the coolest parts of the tank, but it doesn't photo well unless you are zoomed in on it:
The branches on the right side....you can see the obvious differences between those who have Hygrolon and those who don't. I think that most will have Hygrolon on them as time progresses....:
Top down (my perspective and eye level):
Macro lens shot of Hygro polysperma "sunset":