Well, it has been quite a long time since my last update on this journal, so I thought I would snap a few pics this morning and post them before I tear the tank apart AGAIN.
Since my last update, I think I have torn the tank apart about 5 times. I have to tear it apart to trim plants, rescape a bit, etc. This week will be no exception. As you can see in the following pic, it has turned into quite the jungle:
A while back, I bought some Blyxa Japoncia which appears to be doing very well. I don’t know if you can tell by the plants, but I think they are ready to separate and propagate two times the number of plants I originally bought. Not bad, considering that they are pretty much completely shaded by some hygro I bought at around the same time.
Here is a good shot of some sunset hygro I got through a RAOK on this site. I have to tell you that I am quickly becoming a fan of different types of hygros. Fantastic plants! I think that the Sunset is my favorite, but my rasboras have their favorite too. You can see it in the larger tank shot. It is the plant in the right hand side (middle) that has the long leafy leaves. As soon as the lights turn on to start the photo period, my entire school of harlequins rushes under the cover of that large hygro. There, they chill for long periods of the day. Here is a pic of the Sunset. I have about 5 stems groing in there right now:
As you can see in some of the pictures, my glosso is growing lateral and looking sparse. I let the tank get a bit overgrown with taller plants and it just isn’t getting enough direct light. I have a bit of HC on the other side of the tank that is growing slowly, but it doesn’t seem to need quite as much direct light as the glosso. At some point, I will probably get rid of whatever glosso I have remaining. I just don’t think its for me.
Here is another shot of some harlequins and an esepi hanging out together:
After my next tear down and clean up, I’ll try to post some pics to show the before and after results.