Xirxes--No, that's 16x48" HO T5 Bulbs. 864 watts. Yes, it does put out some heat, but the lights are hung and are about three feet about the water, so there isn't too much heat getting into the tank from the lighting. Thank you for the nice words, and I feel that the fixtures were worth getting. Especially since they were 2 for the price of 1.
The cool mist humidifier has been a really nice investment. It has really allowed a lot of the mosses and selaginellas to not only grow, but thrive in what otherwise be an impossible environment to live in.
The crypts have rebounded well, and the spathe has been a lot of fun to watch get bigger and bigger by the day. It's the second one that I've had in this tank, and I'm beginning to think that there is a connection between the crypt health and the UVL Red Sun bulbs that I have in the TEK's. They seem to really thrive with the longer wavelengths available provided by those bulbs. The Metallic Reds suffered by being choked out by the "true" dwarf sag, but as long as you keep them relatively clear of them, they seem to do great. I'll have to thin them out this week though.
Ua Hua--Thank you sir! That's a really nice thing to say, and I sincerely appreciate that! I could part with some of that Metallic Red this coming week or early next week, if you would like a couple.
That isn't microsword; it a type of Bucephalandra.....Bucephalandra "Kualakuayan 1" which started from about two 2" pieces last August. It actually grows fairly quickly for me, and should end up being a really nice foreground for me some day. In a few years....
Anyhow, thanks for the kind words again!!
A little GSA on the anubias leaves....no biggie, though.
TONS of Thread Leaf Java Fern! (and snails...tons of snails):
Nice shot of the top down into the tank:
Crypt Metallic Red has come back nicely!:
Left Side of the front of the tank:
Large Shot of the same area:
Right Side of the Front of the tank: