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my turn; opinions/advice and a couple plant ID's

Hello all. Been reading up a bunch however it is imo hard for this novice to glean too much from other threads so thought i'd throw mine into the mix.

I strive for as low maintenance as possible, wanting to let nature take its course as much as possible. I'm not at a point of the hobby to do C02, high dollar test strips, etc. I do 10-20% weekly water change. Tank has been set up since Nov or so. I use basic test strips. I have put in some root tabs. 3-5" gravel, two sponge filters.

bioload:

4 corys
7 silver hatchets
4 neons
1 angel
a small pleco
8 glo and black tetras
3 nerites
1 assasin

Feed once daily, 3-4 minutes to clear.


Have some duckweed I clear out occasionally.



Four of these plus the whites that came with the (55 gallon) tank. About 1-2" from water surface.

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These seem to be doing well. Some spots on the one in the fore. What is the species?





the javas (purchased here thank you) haven't done much in a month or so - they looked like this when I set them.





Algae comes and goes on the hornwort. What is the red one? It was floating at the top for a few months with just a couple leaves (hitchiker) then when I attached a couple months ago it took off.





Moss doing well a touch of algae. Some bits have floated off should I spend time gathering them back up or just let go. Doesn't seem like it is attaching so if it does become 'rooted' in a spot i do not want it to be, or too much i can pull out pretty easy I think







Anubias doing well. The tall hairgrass in the back never has done anything for many months, a few sprouts coming thru the gravel, same with short hairgrass (no pic). Any idea on the small right one? Again, a hiker - only a few new leaves in a few months.




Three swords put in a month after launcing have all faded to nothing but a short stem currently. Bananas are just sitting on the ground, a couple rotted away but I have two left that the rhizomes looks fine but nothing else is happening. They had a couple leaves when I got them, none now.
Any thoughts appreciated.

Bump: here is the whole thing. A bit of natural light form window just to the left. Plenty of bubbles. Not a whole lot of horizontal current. Forgot a couple pythos in there just for fun.



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Your first pic- ozelot sword in the background, anubias in foreground. If the anubias is getting spots, it probably has too much light. Move it to a shady spot. I think your red plant is Alternanthera Reineckii, but I've never kept that one. Your "moss" is actually subwassertang- I like that stuff. When it grows big enough that light no longer reaches the bottom, the underside parts will die off and it will come loose. So you have to keep it trimmed short, or let it float around, or just tie new bits down when they come off. I never grew hairgrass, can't tell you anything about that one. It might look cool if you stuffed some subwassertang in those holes on the cholla, and let it take over the log.

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