In an effort to help keep the algae under control and help get rid of some of the decaying plants I have added the first inhabitants, 3 amano shrimp and 2 nerite snails (a zebra and a red racer). Snails are already going to town on the glass and the shrimp have started scavenging! When I snapped the photos they were all hanging out in the shadows but they seem to be feeling more comfortable already.
I also picked up some new plants - a bunch of what was labelled as heteranthera, but not sure of the specific species and an unlabelled floating plant that I think is a salvinia species. if you can help me identify either it would be much appreciated.
The heteranthera helps give some height to the two corners that were looking bare, and I think it will look even better once the Hygropilia grows up to a similar height along the right side. And I have always loved floating plants so happy to have some in there now. One of the original plant orders also had some duckweed hidden in it so there are a few leaves of that floating around too.
As for the original plantings I am having mixed results. The good - all of the crypts are doing well and showing new growth. The crypt parvas are growing super slow, I can't wait for them to fill in the foreground more. The hygrophilia is growing nicely and the java ferns are already propagating. One of the anubias barteri nana has new growth, the moss is growing well (although the top bunch is full of algae right now) and the green wavy buce seems to be doing ok. And the hydrocotyle still seems to be doing ok, definitely has some visible new growth in the past few days.
And the bad - some of the anubias nana had the rhizome completely melt, so I pulled it out. And the red buce has completely melted, but the rhizomes still seem good, hoping it can recover. Has anyone else had buce melt and come back? I think I let things get a little too dirty a week or so ago - no one to blame but myself for that. Hoping now that the tank is cleaned up a bit and with the cleanup crew the plants will look even better soon.
with the recent posts about false Amanos is anyone able to confirm from this photo if these are true Amanos or not?
Heteranthera sp. ?:
If you know the species I would really appreciate it!
Would love your help in confirming the name of this plant.