So, one month has passed since I planted and flooded the tank!
The tank has fully cycled, so I added some fauna this weekend. I started my school of Espei Rasboras, adding five specimens; I plan on adding between six to nine more, but the store didn't have that many in stock, so I bought what they had, and will likely add the rest in a fortnight. I also added a pair of Red Neon Rainbow Blue-Eyes. I am intrigued by this new species (Psedomugil cf. paskai "Red Neon") and so I wanted to try them out. They have taken quite nicely to their new environs, and I plan on adding two more pairs (maybe I get lucky and they spawn
). You can actually see these two in the picture above. Finally, I am planning on adding a few sparkling gourami; originally I had envisioned a pair of the pearl variety, but I think i have been swayed to choose the former. These are all additions to the existing cleanup crew that has been in residence for the last two weeks (3 Otos and 10 Amano shrimp).
The initial trim of the glosso seems to have gone well, as I see some new horizontal growth, and the carpet as a whole seems to be growing and healthy. The rotala continues to grow, and I have been trimming and replanting stems; I think it is now time to trim these plants more closely, shaping them as the "bush" that I have envisioned all along. The mini Xmas moss seems to be growing well, and the "tree" seems fine, especially now the Amanos and Otos have cleaned off that white fungus. I think I might split the needle leaf java fern to place some to the right of the base of the tree in order to fill in that space; as the fern continues to grow, these pieces should look like one big plant. Finally, the Blyxa and Microsword seem to be doing well, and there is little to no evidence of melting as the plants have acclimated to the tank. I think I might buy one more pot of Microsword to fill it in just a bit in the back left corner.
That is all I have to report. I look forward to any input, advice and insight you might choose to provide; I sincerely appreciate all the community input. Thanks for taking the time to check out this project.