Here is a shot of the background of the tank. So far, so good. Been setup about 3 weeks now and only minor algae issues. My biggest annoyance so far is trying to get the R. Rotundifolia 'green' to grow upward instead of horizontally and often down!
Please...If ya want me to try an grow it vertically, I will try!! Just send me a dozen stems, an we can trade notes!! I will tell ya absolutely nuthin you dont already know, but I will have some pretty sweet plants!
Honestly though, I have a 75G that told me just the other day, "Man I wish I had some R Rotundifolia in here."
Floater...u can grow some plants bud!! Just keep me in mind when ya wanna get rid of sum!!
Wookie: The red plant is Rotala Macrandra. Lighting is above the tank and is 4.5 WPG CF.
bastalker: If I ever get the green growing vertically, I will have plenty to send you.
JB: gH and kH, I honestly haven't checked. In Orlando we have fairly hard tap, gH ~12 and kH ~10 though I'm sure the Aquasoil has reduced both of those parameters. I'm sure the Macrandra will give me a clue to of the hardness levels.
Nightshop: No ammnia spikes due to a well established filter and plenty of carbon and plants. So far the only fauna are 13 Yamoto shrimp and 13 Ottos.
So far the AS seems to be working quite well. I have not tried to grow many stems in it since I've been using it but it seems to be doing well so far. I had good luck with Macrandra when I lived in NY and had very soft water but since I moved to Florida, I have tried it a few times with no luck. Same with Wallichi and other softwater plants. This is where the AS comes into play. I expect promising results along with the ADA fertilizers.
Well I can't take the credit for that Macrandra, at least not yet. I recently aquired it from kotoeloncat and it was in excellent shape, very red. Hopefully it fares well in the next few weeks including retaining it's color.