I was hoping to get a critique of how to make this tank better-- more appealing. I am thinking that there are issues of proportion, lack of variety of plants, and color.
First of all, this tank poses a challenge: this is a tank of earth-eaters, so the top layers of exposed sand gets shifted by a continual sifting of the fish for food.
Obviously, this poses a problem for many fine stem-rooted plants. But, vals, crypt spiralis, and swords seem to be able to handle the shifting of sand. I was told that I would never get plants to grow in an earth eaters- tank, but I have been successful--- in a marginal way.
It is very low tech, with eco-complete base with sand cap: root tabs at base of plants, EI dosing of Seachem NPK, Flourish, and Iron every 5 days after water change ( 24 hours after water change). I dose by what each bottle says on back. Dose Excel on this same schedule.
Lighting: Licah 72 inch LED light
I am sure that lack of Co2 is a continual problem because of the BBA I have constantly fighting.
Anyways, any suggestions on tough plants or plants that would add interest, variety, color?
Any suggestions on placement of hardscape: rock, wood, etc... I am willing to alter!