So I am looking to increase the amount of Micro Swords in the front left of the tank, but I was also looking for a plant to go in the middle of the background between the Vals. I am just not sure what would fit the best.
- I have Red Cherry Shrimp. Any plant to hide the babies from the guppies and Cardinals would be great, but not necessary.
- Plants that are better at creating more oxygen would be better for me since it is difficult maintaining oxygen in this tank.
- I have the standard LED lighting in the new Fluval Edge. The rest of the plants seem to be doing well in that light. The Baby Dwarf Tears are fairly new. I don't know if they will last without additional light.
I had the 12 gallon edge and just let the vals have the back and I think that was my favorite, I tried hornwort, asian ambulia, cabomba and a few others and while I now know my plant keeping techniques weren't ideal at the time the vals just did exceptionally well so perhaps that is biasing me towards them.
I decided to added the Anacharis and Micro Swords. I also taped some LED bars (ikea brand) I had laying around to the right side of the tank to help with the Baby Dwarf Tears. I do wish the Anacharis had a better root system (or any roots), but I like how they look. I just need to let them grow tall.
Here is a video of the tank.... If you are interested. I know it is a bit over crowded with all the guppy fries (the adults need a past time or a cannibalistic appetite), but I have a home for them once they get a bit bigger. The LEDs in the video look much more drastic than they do in person, but I might soften them up later.