So it's been a while. This tank is really nice because it just does it's own thing with minimal input on my behalf. It is by far my most successful (yes, success is in the eye of the beholder) attempt at a planted tank.
My Trigonostigma heteromorpha
have been hanging out beneath the leaves of my Sunset Hygro and showing some breeding behaviors but have yet to do the deed. Or maybe they have and have just eaten the eggs. I do not suspect that this is the case as my water parameters are not ideal when compared to the literature for this species. I'm not looking to breed them, but it is still a nice display.
The Trident Java is no more. I gave it to my neighbor. It just never took off that close to the light and really didn't suit this tank anyway. I think I'm going to get rid of the other ferns as well. They are the only plants not thriving in this tank and really seem out of place.
Here are a few updated pics:
FTS 29 NOV 09. The left background is still lacking. I have some C.
'balansae', C. spiralis
and Bacopa monnieri
that are growing, just not as fast as the Sunset Hygro.
Sunset Hygro is a weed for sure. It grows like mad in this tank and has colored up nicely. It is in need of a trim at the moment. I am waiting until this Friday to trim it because I am giving the trimmings away at a club meeting Friday night.
I think that once I get enough Rotala rotundifolia
(I have some in another tank. I am waiting for about 30 stems) it will replace the Sunset. IMO the leaves of the Sunset are just too large for this tank. Another option is some Limnophila aromatica
and Rotala macrandra
'green narrow leaf'. But I'm not sure how well any of these would do without ferts and CO2. From what I have read Rotala rotundifolia
and Rotala sp.
'green' are less demanding as far as lighting and CO2 are concerned, so I may try those. I just need to find enough Rotala sp.