I'll post some better pics soon, but wanted to get your opinions on my planting scheme.
First I'll try to explain what I was trying to accomplish, and then I'll identify the various plants.
Since the wood is on the left and kinda "flows" to the right, I thought I would mirror that with a tall, dense left side flowing to a shorter and more open right.
On the right, however, I'm toying with the idea of featuring a triangle of 3 "specimens" - 2 swords and a lotus. But I imagine the 3 of these may get too large for my tank.
The left rear corner is Limnophlia aromatica
, with stargrass
in front of it and closer to the wood.
A couple of pogostemon stellata
in front of the stargrass and just behind the horizontal branch of the wood, with corkscrew vals
to the left of that and in front of the L. aromatica.
Just behind the left tip of the wood is a nympoides 'taiwan.'
In front of the wood is a small bed of elatine trianda
, from the front left corner across to a ludwiga brevipes.
This pic shows the bed of elatine trianda (ET) resuming to the right of the l. brevipes; it continues, getting broader and flowing into the open area on the right.
Tucked into the corner between this bed of ET and the wood are 3 stems of polygonum.
Immediately behind the ET and in front of the right horizontal branch, is a line of lobelia cardinalis.
Along the rear of the tank, immediately to the right of the wood is a good sized clump of rotala indica.
In front of the rotala are several stems of bacopa 'araguaia.'
Continuing across the back to the right are parrot's feather, ludwiga repens, cabomba,
in the right rear corner.
Placed in a triangle on the right side are an Amazon sword
(back center point of the triangle), red ozelot sword
(left front corner - behind wood), and a red tiger lotus
(far front right corner of tank).
On the right side of the tank, between the watersprite and tiger lotus, is some pennywort.
And a strand of green ludwiga repens
is between the two rocks on the right.
Oh yeah - can't forget the floating frogbit
I know this scape is a mite "busy" (14 species I believe) - I fully expect I will reduce the number of species as the plants mature.
I'd love to hear any thoughts any of you might have about my planting scheme, as well as how I might best care for these plants.
While the plants get acclimated, I cut the lighting down to 10 hours, and only 1 pair of 65w bulbs.
I didn't fertilize yesterday, as I stirred up the substrate a bit (including at least 1 Jobes stick). Figured tonight I would test NO3 and PO4, and most likely do a 20% water change and dose macros.
Any other thoughts?