Originally Posted by Mannie Bothans
Thanks Matt. At this point, I don't remember from whom I got what, but yes, every single plant that I have obtained from a member here (that is still alive) is in that tank right now. It is my first and only tank ever. My wife can't believe I am getting into this hobby. I have a brown thumb when it comes to terrestrial plants and gardening.
I had one really nice crypt nurii motherplant that melted away and now all I have is roots. Can a plant of this type come back from just roots? Back when I had them in buckets I flooded them with too much light and didn't balance that out with CO2, etc, and lost many plants that way. Others are having trouble acclimating to my water specs, but some are thriving. I still need to find a good balance of photoperiod, though.
Now I need to read up regarding how to take better aquarium photographs.
Crypts will generally not respond well to moving, and will often melt away. However they will usually come back from what I have read. I wouldn't disturb it for a while and see. I think you got the h. difformis (wisteria) and a milfoil from me. Hopefully they made it alright!
Regarding photography, I have come a long way in that aspect. These two pictures are of the same tank:
Obviously the tank had grown out in between, but this works well as an example so I'm using these. The first thing I was doing wrong in the first picture was taking photo's during the day time. Since 99% of the time we are trying to photograph what inside the tank, there is no reason for the distraction of having the room lit. This also cuts down on reflections off the glass. Along with this concept, never use the flash. Compensate for the lower ambient with a longer shutter speed and a tripod (back of a chair in my case)
Another thing I've noticed makes a huge diference is the white balance settings. When they are off, the tank can look very yellow, or very blue. This makes for a bad picture, and I really struggled to figure this out. Eventually I found that my camera works best on AUTO white balance, but the same results could be gotten using a correct preset, or by calibrating with something pure white inside the tank and using that feature on your camera (if it has one)
The angle of the photo has also seemed to make a big difference. I find that second picture I posted to be my favorite angle/viewpoint, and pictures I take with that pose come out best more often than not. I find whole tank shots to be more appealing as well, not that close-ups should be ignore though!
Hope this helps, just passing along some info I have found/discovered.