I had a mix of neons and cardinals before they were all murdered by my mishandling of the CO2. I try to put it behind me. Had unstocked for about two weeks and added some cleaners for now until the post dead fish trauma goes away.
I have 5 types of plants other than the HC. On the left are a mix of rotala wallichii and some other species that looks almost the same but in complete light green with more sparse leaves along the stem (I'm all for the looks and didn't do any research early on).
In the middle a few stems of alternanthera reineckii rosanervig that are recently added and not on the picture (will post some new ones soon)
On the back right is ludwigia repens 'Rubin' and in front, hydrocotyle verticillata.
I'm only identifying them from tropica so I'm not 100% sure if I'm correct with the names.
The rotalas are growing through the roof earlier on until I trimmed them. Unfortunately now the best looking parts (red tips) are gone. I only researched how to trim them until after. But I'll do better next time.
The hydrocotyle share spreading like weed also. I need to cut into the soil to keep them from coming out and covering the light for the HC. If I'm doing this next time it should be HC first before I add any of these.
I've had several issues with unequal demand for lights also. So earlier on before the hydrocotyle adapted, they turn yellow likely burn by the high lighting.
I am also hing trouble with the rotala getting lots of snails, dirt and some hair algae trapped in the dense bush. So maintenance is a bit more work when I vacuumed the bush and hope not to pick up any shrimps.
I also have lots of pest snails that I sort of ignore.
The fluval edge also traps all the co2 bubbles on the top glass and the small opening to the tank makes access quite cumbersome.
Enough with the the babbling. My target is that one day I only need to spend a couple hours a week to maintain this tank. But MTS already goy me before I have enough knowledge or skills to stabilize this one.....
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