Hey guys, need some opinions
Im moving across town in 2 weeks, and my tank is gonna fall apart anyways, so I decided to go ahead and rework it while Im at it. I am going to do a simple glosso tank almost identicle to http://www.aquabotanic.com/glossostigmaarticle.htm
Ive decided to make one small change to that setup though.
Where you see the big rocks in the middle area, I want to put a fairly tall background plant in the small half-circle behind them. This will allow me to "hide" my CO2 reactor, heater, etc. Also, this will give me some faster growing plants that will help soak up excess nutrients and kinda buffer my tank some. By the way, for fish, Im planning on probably doing just a large school of Neons - about 50 or so - but not till my plants are going good.
I currently have 4 fairly large Amazon swords in another tank that I could use for the background pocket, but I was afraid they would "soak up" too much
nutrients and out-compete the glosso (which is priority #1), since Swords tend to be a pretty beastly plant. I am also afraid they will shade the glosso in certain areas. As an alternative, I also have a pretty good amount of healthy Corkscrew Val that I could use to fill the pocket. This was immediately my first choice because it grows very fast and I love the look of dense Corkscrew Val. However, the only drawback is I can't seem to get mine to grow over about 4" tall. I was looking for something more along the lines of 12"-18" tall. I could use Jungal Val, but I don't think it grows near as fast, doesn't look as cool, and can get 3ft. tall easily LOL
So my question is: Should I use the Swords or the Val? If neither, what would you recommend I look into?
~ Thanks for your time y'all
P.S. Here are my vitals for all you guys who were about to ask
-Typical 55g "Walmart Special"
-3.75wpg AH Supply bright kits
-Flourite substrate w/ granite rocks
-Tanked CO2 feeding both powerhead/tube reactor & bubble ladder
-Currently no fish
-Currently no filtration
-Rio Mini powerheads for some current
-pH, kH, gH = whatever I make it
(tapwater is 8.2-8.4 pH, very soft)
-PMDD dry ferts