Hi everyone! I know nothing about aquarium photography and just got a crappy camera... anyway this is the first tank I've done after I came to the States. The Rotala is going out of control and honestly I don't think it will fit in the scape even if it goes right... am thinking about how to fix it.
I personally think the rotala looks great it adds color.
Very nice photography!
Thank you. Yes I like its red color as well but I want it at least growing more upright. I have another similar but smaller setup it grows okay, except this one it's right next to the strong filter outflow. I suspect it's the cause and am thinking about to move the outflow to the front.
Beautiful tank, but it would drive me nuts knowing there were dying HC bits and that my carpet was that thick....gah. People strive for thick carpets. I strive for tidy, compact ones.
Thank you. Yes they were dying. I did a major clean up for my 2215 before I left 3 weeks for new year's vacation. When I was back I found the filter got heavily stuck and water flow was like 10%. All shrimps (including ~5 CRS) and most snails are dead And as you can see HC are either dying or look very unhealthy. I am still working on it to bring them back...
I think I've once successfully in growing "compact" HC (yes I like it as well). What I did is stopping using any fertilizer right after the carpet is almost done (almost covers the whole ground), keeping very strong light, and waiting for a couple weeks until the HC adapts to it. I got tiny leaves and they stay dense and firm: