I'm resuming the story, fast forwarding nearly 2 months after that :
So in the foreground, HC cuba has spread a bit, and i added some more.
On the left is the ceramic plate with a stainless steel grid with quell moss on it.
Right behind it is a rock with Pellia on it, and behind i put a plant of Micosorum pretopus windelow (java fern, windelow variant, for it's compact look).
Another similar plant is just right of that, under the filter. A piece of holey wood (cactus wood) is just laying there too,not sure yet of what i'll do with it.
In front of the wood is the HC cuba, and just behind it i planted some Lilaeopsis brasiliensis; the wood serves as a separator to keep both carpetting plants from getting tangled together.
Right next to that, i put a spider wood with a moss i had no experience with : the flame moss. On the central "stub" of the wood, i attached a Bucephalandra sp. Red (also my first time witht bucephalandras, and i love those already), and on the overhanging branch, i attached some flame moss, hoping to get that vertical wall effect. At the exact end of the wood, i did add a piece of the smallest anubias i have ever seen : the anubias nana var pangolino. It's a bit expensive (~15€ for a quite small plant), but if it grows well, it should provide a nice touch.
Right behind this wood, i planted some echinodorus vesuvius. I discovered this plant recently, and i LOVE it's look, so i'm giving it a try. As i have small tanks, it's would be perfect as background; and i'm tired of vallisnerias, so i'm trying something else.
In the background, on the right side, i planted a few strands of Alternanthera reineckii , to add a bit of color variety, but i'll see if they stay there. Just in front of those plants is another rock (lava rock) with pellia on it, and an anubias nana var petite on top.
It's important for me to have blocks of pellia, or moss in my shrimp tanks for the shrimplets, and there i don't have large chunks of moss (no java moss in this tank, because it spreads everywhere, and i don't want to mix it with the flame moss).
Right in front is another spider wood, this time with some cameroon moss (Plagiochilaceae sp.) on the base.
This moss is really different from all the other mosses i worked with, as it has more of a 2D structure : it grows in flat stems, with the leaves beeing left and right of it. Here is a picture of it i found online :
Upper on the wood is an Anubias bartreri nana var petite again (i love this anubias, and i have lots of it, i have very generous mother plant that i grew from a small bit for years), and right of this, another anubias i never had previously : the anubias bartreri nana var pinto. It has the exact same shape as the nana, but the leaves are light green and white, as seen on this picture from online :
(i'll take specific pictures in closup from my plants later on)
Again, on top of the wood, i added another bit of anubias pangolino.
So this describes how i planted the tank when i introduced 13 caridina cantonensis "crystal red" PRL, on 03/03/2018.
See you in the next episode