I have a 24x7x9 bowfront acrylic tank (~7.5 gallons). I am using 2 t5 HO 24 watt bulbs, seachem fert line (dosed with a seamchem version of EI), excel and DIY Co2. In the past I struggled with all types of algae, the ferts and excel caused a huge turn around.
Once I started winning the battle against the algae, I pruned back everything in the tank to get rid of the infested plants and moved some things around.
If you do not mind I have a couple questions in regards to planning my tank now that everything is going smoothly.
Here is a picture of what the tank looks like currently.
In the tank I have 6 cardinal tetras, about 100 red cherry shrimp, 2 amano shrimp, 2 ottos, and 2 Pseudomugil furcatus.
In terms of plants I have wisteria, red ludwigia, chain sword?, Mayaca fluviatilis, hairgrass, and a couple leaves of HC left over.
Now for the questions:
1) Can I trim a stem of wisteria to look like a tree (keep the stem free of roots leaves, and shape the top)?
2) My suppositly dwarf hairgrass seems huge. Probably pushing 8 inches. Does it just look big because my tank is small, or is it possible I was sold giant hairgrass? Can I trim the hairgrass?
3) Another hairgrass question; as you can see in the picture, the hairgrass is growing rather messily. Is there some trick to get it to grow straight and orderly?
4)Last question which is open ended. What would you suggest I do in terms of placement to improve the esthetics of the tank. Change the rocks? Get driftwood, get rid of certain plants? Get some new plants that you think would work well in a tank this size?
I am hoping the foreground especially on the left will fill with HC cuba, however the few leaves I have left are growing quite slow. And that I can prune the ludwigia in the middle into a bush, and that the hairgrass will fill in the background.
Thanks for reading my message