Nice man, the brownie red really looks like it's thriving. Beautiful color too.
There's just something about Buces that provides such amazing contrast with other plants…
Your tank makes me really miss my collection!
Dude, I completely feel what you're throwing down. Buces just make driftwood pop like no other plant can. They have such a unique shape that it really adds a nice layer of texture that no other plant can replicate. Also, the colors are some of the more uncommon amongst aquarium plants, (dark green,blue, purple)
One day once I finally get my dual 60 gallon setup running, I'm going to have 20 gallons of my sump as a refugium dedicated to shrimp and buces. Then I'll expand my collection. But gosh... I could use a good source for the said plants, such a shame that you don't collect anymore... *cough cough* get more plants * cough cough.
Love the most recent FTS! Everything is looking awesome! I actually just recently added some buce to the driftwood in my 55, after getting tired of watching it struggle in my emersed tank for the last 6 months! I hope it will eventually fill in in a similar manner to yours!
Now that I am remembering more correctly, I only had 4 buce lamandau purple, 1 golden bell, and 1 bukit betung. I then purchased 5 buce brownie red for a steal at $10 a piece and they were massive. Now though, it seems that they multiply rapidly now that they are all settled in. I reccomend starting with as many as possible so as to get them to bush even faster, and there is a high market demand right now for them, so catching a profit off of them isn't too bad.
Its definitely been a fun tank to play with over the months. I'm just starting to get into stem plants, but buces and crypts hold a special place in my planted heart haha. Speaking of stems, I just got some cuphea anagalloidea and some Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' in today, I decided to get rid of my Ludwigia sp palustris red, Rotala bangladesh, and Rotala mini pearl type II, Ludwigia needs more horizontal space in the tank to creep and bush, and I just don't have that in a 20 gallon, Rotala bangladesh is very weedy, and not really that pretty. and I needed the space occupied by the mini pearl. So I replace the bangladesh with the cuphea, the ludwigia with the mermaid weed cuba, and I moved my A. Reneickii variagated from the back right corner to the front left where the mini pearl used to be. Hoping to get some thicker groupings of all of my stems now that I know what grows well and where. I put a few stems of Lobelia Cardinalis dwarf in the back right corner, it'll look good in the back with the metallic red crypts in front of it.
I'll post pics in a week or so, once the stems sprout up.