I did some minor rearranging and I split up one of the giant crypt lutea plants. I got about 10 decent sized plants from it after I split it up. I also gave one of the sword plants to my brother's oscar tank, along with a small bunch of the crypt lutea. His tank could use it :p
The biggest change however was collecting a piece of driftwood that had washed up from Lake St. Clair, pouring boiling water over it several times, and then weighting it down after tieing some java moss and java ferns to it
Looks very cool in the tank.
This is Mr. Big, our 8-10" common pleco. I've had him for quite a while, he lived with a Frontosa before the frontosa passed away and we changed the tank over to a planted tank (the frontosa and pleco were rescues so its surprising the pleco is still around). He loves
hiding in the amazon swords, and often times, we get worried that he died, because we dont see him out.
Here's the angels
They havent laid eggs in a while, though I believe both are female. They used to lay eggs pretty regularly, but now they just look cool in the tank.
A neat macro of the cory cats, er rather, just one of the 5. Most of the time they are schooling, but when the camera comes near, they run and I'll take what I can get.
I tied the java moss to the driftwood with fishing line, hopefully in a few weeks I can remove it and the java moss/ferns will have attached. Oddly enough, the java moss is exploding in growth. I got a few little sprigs from my girlfriend, but they started growing out of control, so I controlled them :p
And here's a full tank for comparison to before
The piece of driftwood, coupled with the fact that I removed an amazon sword plant to open up the right side a bit I think really helped the overall aestetic of the tank. There's also some stargrass (zosterfolia) planted (and some floating) to grow in just to the right of the sword plants. I'll likely keep it trimmed and try to make it somewhat of a ground cover.
Overall, I'm very pleased with how the tank is progressing. A very low-tech and, as such, low growth, setup. I like it that way, considering I'm away at school most of the time, and dont want to burden my family with trimming plants. I once thought of setting up a 2-4 bottle DIY CO2 setup, but that would mostly be just because I could, not because its necessary.