I don't think the java fern is getting any bigger (6 months) and I have to trim the pennywort every once in a while, but no big deal... I'm getting rid of the crypt because it isn't doing anything, and I'm getting some subwassertang, and c. parva (i think the parva will go in my 10 gal). I plan to move the java fern to the back, and put the subwassertang where the ferns are currently and maybe tie a little to the filter tube.
Thanks for a the complements... yay, my first compliments from the forum on a tank!
My plants came today! Süßwassertang and C. parva. I removed the Crypt wendtii, and E. canadensis and did a trim on the pennywort (needed some as it succumbed to fuzz algae in my 10 gal, which turned into turtle food, it's a complicated cycle, i know!)
Here's a pic of a saddled RCS from the tank taken a few days ago. That's the best macro pic I could get of her...
Your pennywart makes me want to get some, and just plant a bunch of it in a 10 gallon and see how it does by itself after a year. sometimes you can get some pretty intense single plant jungles going in a tank after a year of letting it expand on its own.
I think I'll see if I can find some pennywart at any of the fish stores near me after I get paid next...
It's been 2 months, so its time for an update. The subwassertang is growing like mad, I've trimmed quite a bit and planted in my shrimp 10 gal. Most of the pennywort has succumbed to green spot algae, so I've removed all the infected leaves. If only the pennywort would look like it did 2 months ago, I would have my perfect little nano. Oh yea, the RCS population is around 50 or so, they love hiding in the subwassertang.
I also picked up some Didiplis diandra from my brother in law. It's growing crooked, but grown an inch since thanksgiving, maybe it's still producing roots?
And here's a shot on how the intake tube has filled in.
The subwassertang looks amazing! Wish I could find some around here.
Gave my wife one of these tanks and haven't had much luck with it (trying to make it a grassy field, just as a farm to reduce costs for planting our future tank :-P ), but yours is looking pretty darn good.
One advantage to a hex tank, you can double your fish count when looking at it on the right angle! :-P
I did a trim on the Subwassertang a couple weeks ago, it has yet to fill in. The D. diandra is dividing again, but growing slow. All the algae growth has come to a screeching halt since dosing excel daily! The only problem I see is that the pennywort is disintegrating from the lower leaves, not at a faster rate than it's growing though. What type of deficiency is it? This has never happened to them before and it's starting in one of my other tanks with java fern.
D. diandra... sorry for the yellowishness of this photo! You can see the pennywort to the right of it, the rate has seemed to slow a bit, but still happening.
I wish all my tanks looked this good! The subwassertang has filled in, and some more in just one month! I'll have to sell some off soon when it encroaches too much on my little plants in the open, so keep an eye out on the S&S boards. The D. diandra hasn't got much height to it, but it keeps dividing, looks like a tree. This pic was taken after feeding time, so they're still cleaning up the scraps.