My problem isn't actual growth, i get plenty of it. The problem is aquascaping the tank in such a way where i can fill the upper level of the tank with plants and not block the light to lower level plants. I'm looking for tips in strategy basically. I am running about 80 Watts of light.
I used to have a LARGE amazon sword dead center of the tank. Leaves were maybe 18-20" in lenght. Well it would overhang and block light to lower plants like crypt wendtii and drawf sag and prevent it from growing. I would trim leaves back so they could get light and the lower plants would resume growing until the sword grew in and began blocking out the light.
I recently removed this sword and another that had been blocking all the light. Now my foreground consists of mostly dwarf sag, sag, crypt wendtii, a few apongeton and a nice anubias in the center. In the back, i planted a few vals and mostly stem type plants (4-5 species of which i forget the name right now)
As you can see, a lot of empty space up top that i'd like to fill. I still can add a few plants. I have some ideas for the right rear corner and i planted some val behind the driftwood left center that is out of sight right now. This is newly scaped so the growth is still small. Only original plant is the anubias dead center front. Hopefully it will grow like a jungle over the next few months.
Here's a more closeup shot. You can see the tiny specs of baby java fern beginning to grow on the driftwood at the far left. These are growing from the roots of old fern i had removed. Hopefully it grows nicely
I have thought of pressurized CO2 however i have decided to let that go until i get a larger displacement tank. For that tank, i'll do everything "right" so to speak and spend a good deal of time and research into setting up such as proper substrate, good equipment, better lighting and so on. This tank is something i just "threw up" 2 years ago and then tried to modify on the fly as i learned different things from this site. Hopefully it will allow me to set up a larger tank smoothly.