Young neons have bright colors like cardinals that fade a little as they grow.
Good job on this! I like the spotlight effect on both sides of the tank.
Do you plan getting any swords or other SA plants to go full out biotope?
Or maybe asian fish to go with the asian plants instead of neons?
Thanks a lot! I guess in my mind I did picture this being sort of SA biotope, (I even had a moment, in my planting bliss, where I thought that crypts were native to SA.. Thanks for bursting my bubble! :P). I have such an abundance though, and they do so well in low light that it's hard not to use them.. I was also toying with the idea of keeping Sphaerichthys osphromenoides, so that would kind of defeat the idea of keeping it to one location.
Just for my own reference, the current stock list is:
Nufar stellata (came attached with the a. natans)
Cryptocoryne (not sure which species)
Mix of large & small duckweed
6 ramshorn snails
6 Corydoras habrosus
10 Paracheirodon simulans
6 Nannostomus rubrocaudatus
6 Poecilocharax weitzmani
6 Sphaerichthys osphromenoides
1-2 Bunocephalus coracoideus
Some undecided smaller SA pleco
(thinking about adding Eleocharis acicularis)