**Updated photos in my most recent post!**
Hey guys, finally gonna post some pics of my tank, but first, a little story...
One night back in 2007 I was using StumbleUpon when I happened upon some photos of planted tanks that I now believe belong to Takashi Amano. I was blown away. Having had a 10 gallon some years earlier as a kid, despite only having one live plant in whole tank (haha a tiny banana plant) the photos instantly reignited my interest in aquaria. I found this site, registered, lurked around for a bit and ultimately was dragged under by the swift current that is graduate school. Fast forward to this past summer...
My girlfriend bought me a 10 gallon Aqueon setup kit from Petco! Score! On to the pictures!
Constructive criticism will be much appreciated but don't be too harsh, this is the first fish tank I've had since before puberty haha!
Hygrophila sp. ‘Tiger’
Cabomba caroliniana (green and purp)
Anubias of some sort (if you know the species, please let me know!)
Dwarf Sagittaria (Sagittaria subulata)
2 Otocinclus affinis
7 Danio margaritatus
2 Corydoras Hastatus
5 Caridina multidentata
2 Assassin Snails
48513983546132 Other snails (slowly decreasing muahahahaha)
I originally though the two stumps of plants that are in front of the Fissidens covered wood and the front most plant (directly in front of the wood on the right) were the same type of plant and that they were Blyxa japonica. It's now clear to me the plant on the right is not the same as the other two. So which ones are Blyxa? Are any of them Blyxa???
I made some slight changes today. I cleared out a lot of the Hygro difformis. I think it's beautiful but even though it grows on a stem, it's not always vertical growth, I guess it grows like a vine! I trimmed up two nice sections to kind of shade the wood (reminds me of a fat little Buddha, relaxing arms outstrechted in the shade of his favorite Hygro difformis trees). I'm hoping it will grow out to shade the Anubias a bit, I read they prefer shade. I'm not sure how I feel about this arrangement yet.
Removing much of the Hygro left a large open area in the back of the tank. I moved my stems of Hygro 'tiger' along the backside of this open area to evaluate once they grow out a bit. I also trimmed my Cabomba (which is looking yellow
) and replanted the cuttings in the front of the open area, just behind and flanking the left side of the wood. These are in the pictures, might not be the easiest to spot though. Again, I will evaluate my decisions once they too grow out.
I like where my Rotala is but I don't really know how to shape it to look pleasing and not messy. Today I trimmed the longest of the stems and replanted them in the front of the arrangement to maybe create a tapering/sloping effect? I'm not really sure.
My only real plans at this point are:
a) Find some foreground plant to go in the empty spot right in front of the Argentine Sword.
b) Let the Cabomba on the left and the Hygro 'tiger' grow out. My LFS often has some purple Cabomba I may mix in with the green for color.
c) Get another Crypt Spiralis or 2 (I love these).
d) Make the Rotala look pleasing, somehow.
e) Maybe fill some empty space between the Fissidens wood and the Rotala formation with some foreground plants.
Sorry I'm so long winded, I start typing and I can't stop. So...questions, comments, feedback, opinions, recommendations, let's have it all!