I've been dying
for some progress with this tank. So, even if it isn't live-stocked or fully cycled (big question mark, there), I've decided to go ahead and plant it. Other than the banana plant, which is currently keeping my minnow company, here are all the plants I have on hand:
1 crypt wendtii (front)
2 java fern + one daughter bud (mid & mid-right)
3 mystery bulbs (left, under HOB)
1 watersprite (back right)
1 aponogeton undulatus (back)
As you can see, the everything's a mish-mash right now. What I really need is some GROWTH, which will probably happen when I begin to leave the lights on for a few hours a day. I think it has potential, otherwise. Only, I didn't mean for it to look so colorful, but I think the blue background is to blame, for that.
It's interesting to try and add up how much money I've spent on plants/decorations for this one little tank. Overall, I don't think I've done too
badly, particularly in comparison to the numerous plastic plants and other tank decor I've purchased over the years. However, plastic plants don't die. Which just makes the foray into the planted tank world all the more exciting, right? Right.
Funds spent, tax not incl.:
crypt. wendtii - $4.99
java fern: $3.99x2
mystery bulbs: $1.99x3
watersprite: $6.99, incl. shipping
aponogeton: $3.99 - the only plant to sprout out of an 8-bulb pack
So, not quite $25.00. Not bad.
Comments and insight are welcome, as usual. ETA: In spite of my best efforts, I still got snails
I threw out the majority of them w/ the raw shrimp, though. I still see at least one. In any case, I've decided to live and let live, unless they prove to be a nuisance. Perhaps they'll disappear once they realize there's nothing left to snack on.