My apologies for the lack of updates; but to be honest, there wasn't much to see up until this point.
Well, the tank has been mowed once now, and I'm currently working on timing the growth of the stems. Hopefully, I'll get better with future experience, but for now, I fear I had the artistic bluntness of a drunken Viking in their sculpting. I've been told that these newfangled "scissors" work rather better for the job than my handy-dandy short-sword, but that has yet to be seen...
As you can see, in the week-and-a-half or so since my last plant-butchery (which some may kindly lable a "trimming,") the Rotala wallichii
has surprised me by growing quite rapidly and outpacing the R. indica
, which is growing slightly faster near the middle of the tank than at the back; at the same time, the Ammania gracilis
is painfully slow, while the Micranthemum umbrosum
is growing in spurts. On top of that, the glosso
has already overgrown itself, and is begging to be cut. In brief: it seems trimming (and the subsequent growing) is more complicated than I first feebly imagined.
Oh well, at least the plants are pretty healthy. I just need to thicken some up here while battling back others there.
As for occupants (that is- occupants other than the myriad snails Colonists) I've recently added 5 otocinclus
and 20 juvenile cherry shrimp. It's not much of a cleanup crew for such a comparatively large tank, but there's not much in the line of algae at the moment, and I plan to slowly add more Janitors as time progresses. My next intended tennants are 25 or so Cardinal Tetras and perhaps a dwarf puffer or two (to add a bit more interest and control my randy snails.) Over time, I plan to increase the tetra school to about 45 or 50, and after they're stable, I'll add 3-5 German Blue Rams. As I've mentioned above, this tank is quite over-filtered, so I think that everyone should be happy, but if my learned readers have other opinions, please feel free to let me know.
As for now, I'm still playing with the positions of the plants and am considering the most artful way to groom them. But I can say that I'm pretty pleased with the health of the tank and the lack of pretty much any troublesome algae. With luck, I'll have more posts soon.
Thanks for looking!