Well I've had the tank for a couple of months now, slowly added new plants, threw others away, replanted and propagated older ones. I think I have a better idea of what I want the tank to look like, and it is currently not it
Hagen CO2, champagne yeast/baking soda recipie
stump w/ java moss/ferns
1 dwarf puffer
4 cherry shrimp (yes, the puffer leaves them alone.. for now)
In the back right corner of my tank I have wisteria, which I have found grows too wide and ugly looking for my tastes (although the dwarf puffer seems to love hiding in it). I am looking to rip it out and replace it with a suitable background plant. (Remember, background plant for a 10G!!!)
I was thinking either:
-Some kind of Val (I realize these get rather larger but do they handle frequent trimming well? I don't really mind that part of the hobby... yet.)
-Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterifolia)
Anything else? I have pearlgrass/babys tears in the other corner that is staying there; I really am fond of that one.
Now I also have the fore/midground planted with pretty much all dwarf sags. From what I've been reading and seeing these will not stay so dwarf for long, plus I am not liking the look of them all that much. I am thinking of removing them and replacing them with:
-some kind of crypts
-some kind of anubias
I think either would work well, even if they were to be partially shaded by some val leaves. Probably will go with the crypts to add some color to the green.
-glosso (CO2 enough?)
I tried the hairgrass at first and it just died back and didn't grow. I did not give it that much time however, so I have a small patch of it growing in my front, left corner of my tank. It again partially died back, but I am noticing new growth from it now, so perhaps it just needed more time. The addition of the hagen CO2 probably helped a bit as well.
Glosso I keep hearing needs high CO2, probably more than the Hagen kit can provide? I am not willing to do any more elaborate setups on CO2, so do you think it would/can work? Slower/faster than the hairgrass?
Any other suggestions on the front?
I'll post a pic here shortly for better visualization of what I'm talking about.