Hey guys! I've been lurking around the forum for a while, and I finally decided it was about time that I introduced myself and my tank.
Like most people, I kept betta bowls as a child, but it's easily been 10 years since my last one. When I first found out about proper planted tanks I fell in love, and this past spring I decided to take the plunge.
This tank is actually a holding tank for my betta while I set up his permanent home, a 12g long. It'll likely become a shrimp tank later this year.
Fluval Spec (2g)
Alternanthera Reineckii (or Ludwigia Red, I'm not sure), marimo moss, riccia
1 Betta, 1 oto
Here's a shot from right after the tank was set up on 4/22/13
I had gotten the stems from Petco in one of those little baggies with the gel, so they looked pretty rough. But some good light and ferts perked them right up
My little oto has taken care of most of the algae I was getting, except for some that's been growing on my rocks. It's the super hard kind, cause I can't get it off with a toothbrush either. Is there any special trick to get this stuff off other than to one-two punch the whole tank?
The riccia has also been a special pain in my butt. I figured that since it was such a small tank and I wasn't using co2, it'd be pretty easy to manage. The trimming doesn't bother me, but the MESS. When I finished my arms looked like I'd rolled around in grass clippings. I'm considering replacing it at this point because it just can't seem to keep its hands to itself.
I'm also not totally sure what my stems are. The bag said that they were scarlet temple, but to me they look more like red ludwigia? I figured someone on here would know, cause I am totally stumped.