This is after a major trim that took a week to get done (I had green water once, and I am a little over-cautious).
As this is a learning journal, a couple of thoughts thus far:
I have moved the Ludwiga over behind the rock. It is really root-y. It is a beautiful plant, but the roots make it a little less so, since this is such a narrow tank it isn't really easy to hide.
Having to move the Ludwiga is kind of good, because I was able to move the HM to a place where it could get a little more light. It is still a bit weedy, but I think this is because is was shaded under the Rotala Indica. This is one of the plants I was most excited about so I am hoping it gets nice and bushy.
I tried to get easy plants and this one fits the bill perfectly. It is apparently idiot proof. It looks great, has neat coloration on the tips, and grows in a happy little poof.
I knew this would be a bear, but under shade it looks nice and doesn't overwhelm the tank too badly.
This thing is a dang weed, in a month is was growing so thick that the roots of the newer plants were an inch or more above the substrate. That and it was all over the place. It got to be too think and I plucked out most of it earlier today. I was going to thin it out, but... it came out in a huge clump with runners across every direction of the tank. Maybe with a little more careful trimming...
Another beautiful plant, looks great parked in the back corner. However, it doesn't seem content to stay in that corner and keeps trying to creep all over the tank (maybe I shouldn't have planted the E tenellus so close it is a bad influence). I had to trim it and just whacked the tops off. I hope this works out. Does anybody know if this was a good or bad idea?
I cannot seem to keep the red algae off this one. It isn't the bushy bba from google searches, but seems to be the same stuff. It is like little spots or a thin film. I really don't seem to have any luck keeping it off this one.
In other news...
I am glad to report that I think I can grow plants underwater in my living room. I am also learning more about how they grow and hopefully how to start shaping them. The tanks has settled down after the obligatory brown and green algae outbursts. Now it is just spot algae and that red algae making sweet love to my microsword down by the fire.
I can't say that I remember where, but I read a thread where someone suggested using a metronome to count bubbles. I don't have a metronome, but I googled and found a flash version and my bubble rate seems to be about 132 bpm. I thought it was closer to 180, it is hard to count to three in one second. I wish I could give props to whoever had the idea, it was really clever. 132 bpm seems to be enough to give me pearling that looks like upside down misting, the wet/dry may have something to do with this though.
The Red Cherry Shrimp I found off ebay are happily trotting around making eggs and avoiding the occasional close encounter of the skirt tetra kind. The shrimp are pretty neat and I notice myself looking around my office for the perfect spot for a new tank a little more than I should be.
On a sad and related note, one of my cats decided to use my pico as a pool, or something. He was elbow deep in some attempt to reorganize the scape, or something. I don't think I have quite come up with a plan of action. So for now, I am down to just the one tank. I got a pretty good video of it and plan to upload it sooner or later, youtube wanted three hours of my time earlier. My asdl makes that long of an upload kind of precious, maybe later tonight or during the day tomorrow or Monday. I will try to post a link sooner or later.
This post seems too long, I guess I should try to update a little more often. Pardon the cloudiness, it is water change/equilibrium day and that stuff always clouds the water for a little while.
A happy little shrimp
Cabomba (how to do you pronouce that?)
Rotala Indica I love this little guy
Moss alley I hope to make this a little more prominent, but it is hard to get much altitude. -you can see some of the red algae on the e tennelus, it is all over the microsword
A FTS with the auto settings
I also removed the powerhead... we should probably refer to that as an oops, but everything seems fine so far. There isn't a lot of water movement over in that corner, I'll kind of keep an eye on it.
Any comments, suggestions, or questions are very much appreciated.