So I decided it was time to call it quits for the thick HC mat. It was yanked today, not because it wasn't growing, but because it was growing a little too well and was starting to uproot itself. It's been replaced with some fine moss.
Love this tank. I have 2 pairs of blue eyes in my shrimp tank and though I havent seen them hunt, shrimp numbers have stalled, mind you no blue eye offspring either. I have put a lot of moss in a tight corner as a hide out. But guessing and now realising (especially from your post) that its not working. The main tank has threadfins and neons so shrimp numbers are huge there. Thinking of getting Melanotaenia maccullochi Skull Ck to replace the blue eyes.
Looks great Nick! My "planted" 29 hasn't really taken off yet, I think my light is too weak for it. I've been running my pressurized CO2 at 3 bps and dosing ferts for the past 2 weeks, but some plants are starting to die.
You are probably right re the tank size as the blue eye's tank is a 10 gallon, its an unusual shape, 9" deep, 14" wide and 13" high. So different. Am not sure if we can get the fish you have I may look and pop these blue eyes in the 3 foot tank.
Don - sorry to hear your tank hasn't taken off yet. What's your lighting and how are you diffusing your CO2? Are you dosing EI?
I'm using a CO2 Diffuser 5000 from GLA and dosing EI. It's definitely my light - sadly, only 37 watts on a 29 gallon (I put two fixtures on it). I don't really like the size of the 29 (too high for me), but it's what I've got to work with. I'll look at a new light - any thoughts between Coralife or Nova Extreme lights?
CL - Thanks buddy! making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :P
Lego - Believe it or not our lfs in the area were selling juvi WCs for 12 cents each as feeders because the guppy supplier in FL had a total wipeout due to frost. I stocked up on 20 of these babies. So did many of my SFBAAPS members. Talk about a steal. That plant you're referring to was sold to me as staurogyne sp. low grow from Crispino Ramos. It grows very very very slow and stays a bright green in this tank. I was told by our club members it's most likely a hygrophila sp. porto velho instead.
Don - why not check out Catilina? I'm using a Nova Extreme over my 40B and it works fine. Quality wise I'd probably go with Cat. I have no experience with coralife however.
Takedakai - Thank you sir. That moss is not going to get any bigger or else it's going to take over the tank haha. I'm about to trim it back soon. I love how it grows painfully slow though. Super low maintenance and the shrimplets love it.