I've taken out most of the Hygrophila and Cabomba since there hasn't been any algea outbreaks. The water parameters seem to be on track and I'm planning on adding some darker greens and some reds when I can. I'm just not sure which plants to go with at this point.
Right now, I think my favorite in the tank is the Nymphaea. There's 3 Nympaea Rubras in the center and one Numphae Stellata (I think) towards the right. It's began to do really well the last few days. But unfortunately, it may have to come out so that the glosso and the HC I have coming will get enough light. Wö£fëñxXx is sending the HC, a little Eusteralis Stellata, as well as a couple surprises. I don't know if I will be able to bring myself to tear it out.
I saw some photos of some chainswords and decided they would be a good front to back transition plant. When I put them in the tank, they really took off and grew tall. They sent up some nice flowers to the suface within a day or so and now they're sending out runners. I'm assuming this what normally happens. But what I'm wondering (and hoping), is if the leaves will begin to grow shorter and thicker like I had originally planned. I'm going to trim the large leaves soon and see what happens.
I moved some Aponogeton to the back in place of the Hygro and took all the Rotala Indica that was spread around the tank and put it all on the left. I tilted over the drifwood as sort of a divider and stuck a little Java Fern on top. With all of the Hygro and Cabomba moved out, there should be more light reaching the bottom. The stargrass doesn't seem to be growing too fast but it had a big hurtle to get over. It wasn't in the best shape when it arrived.
Ultimately, I'm hoping to create enough front to back variation that will create a natural flow that the eye can follow so that things won't look so flat. To get to that point will probably take more experimentaion with some plants I haven't tried yet and do some rearranging.
I'm still getting the hang of my dosing. Right now it's something like everyother day- 5ml TMG, 20ml nitrate (.25/ml), 1.4tbs pottasium sulfate and .5ml phosphate.
The tank is a little bare as far as fauna goes. I have some baby Blue Rams that will hopefully go in here in a few months. The lone neon will probably want some friends too. Other than that, there is an angel, a live bearer (looks like guppy but is something else), an otto, a gold algae eater, a Cory, and some mystery snails.
It's not the best camera in the world but hopefully these pics turned out ok. Whew!