so i located and purchased some dwarf hair grass at a lfs today. here's a few shots from an hour after planting. i did lose a lot of my clarity moving the crypts, anubias, and sword to the background to make room for my new plants.
my betta is happier then a pig in mud right now and is in and out of the new grass like a mad man, but there are a few things that im struggling with...
- the bowl had been at 72-73 pretty consistent and know it has been recommended to keep them at 75-78? do i add a heater for a few degrees? if so then whats the smallest cheap heater that might work? i dont wanna spend 30$ for two stinking degrees
-the crypts came with some brownish algae on them and hope that goes away or should i manually take it off?
-the most noticeable growth so far has been from the sword, it was flat and dark when i first brought it home but now is standing straight up and its color is coming back. this was a plant the lfs threw in for free and i wonder if it will eventually crowd everything else?
- in the first photo you can see i have my bulb close to the water and bowl and am running it 4 hours on, 2 hours off, and 3 more hours on a day. 7 hours broken apart that close to the bowl, am i asking for algae?
- where did the snail eggs go, were they hatched or eaten? not sure but i would like to add some snails to the bowl as well. are the simple brown shelled snails that sometimes turn up in the plant tanks at the lfs good to add? i havent come across anything fancier yet and would like to add some snails?