I agree with this so much. I've been keeping a running list of plants that *might* do well in my tank and I like the looks of. When I have funds to spare or can get an RAOK, I add some to my tank to see how they do for me. Last bunch I added only 2 out of 5 species did well. I was really disappointed the others didn't take, but finally got tired of looking at some dying plants and when I finally took the failing ones out, the tank looked (and I felt) so much better.
It's like this gardener I follow who once said when people asked her how she chose plants that would do well in her yard (very arid climate and she doesn't water often). She said she just plants a ton of stuff, watches to see what thrives, and gets more of those plants next year.
Bump: I like seeing all the different aspects your tanks have taken over the years.
Wish my bacopa looked as good as yours! But then, I don't add C02...
Thanks, I appreciate that.
Yes that is just the method I've adopted to continue enjoying the hobby lol. Everytime I order plants, I'll always order ~6-8 new species and throw them in.... then one wouldn't do good.. I'd start tweaking CO2 levels.... before I know it I've built 2 new reactors trying to get more CO2 dissolution.... then from so many CO2 fluctuations, now I have some algae... then I'm changing my lights... now I'm looking at my sump and changing filter floss pads... rebuild CO2 reactor, so forth and so on..
Anyhow it just felt too tiring chasing something I'm not getting solved every time. At this point, I have set my CO2 running where I know my levels are roughly 30 ppm.. Sump is showing good filtration/water clarity. Lights are well within reason and good duration. Whatever grows is what I'm sticking with... I plan to just continue trying out new species continually until I have compiled a nice list of ones to choose from.
Beautiful tank and healthy looking plants. Thanks for sharing.
I found the two items above interesting. Can you elaborate?
I have come to agree with above. There's no rhyme or reason as to what works in my tank, so I am trying to stop banging my head against the wall. Sticking with what works is a lot less stressful.
I have watched your 120 journal for a long time now, thanks for checking out my thread
All I meant was when looking at my CO2 as part of the light-co2-fert balancing triad.... I always assumed (and really exaggerated) my CO2 levels in my head - when looking at issues with algae or whatever, my thoughts would be "I'm using a good regulator... high BPS... good atomic diffuser with powerheads blowing on it... that aspect has to be taken care of"
But I really never tested anything. Nothing would ever balance out. Low ferts, then high ferts.... change lights... tweaking constantly and allowing ample time in between. You can look back at the tanks in the beginning where I posted my history of planted tanks. The stems were so thin... never propagating or really thriving at any point. I would order 10 stems, then have maybe 15 6 months later....
Once I tested my CO2 with a pH pen and actually looked at quantitative data, I realized I was way off on my CO2 levels.
The same scenario, except reversed, occurred really with lighting. Since assuming my CO2 levels were all gravy... I kept adding more light, more light. And wondering why the plants were almost mutating they had such insane light levels ( 4 T5s about 12" above substrate in a frag acrylic aquarium
So after testing and seeing how much I overestimated my CO2 diffusion, and appropriate lighting levels... Things have gone much smoother.