Just bought 30 ember Tetras, and they look cool. Was nearly sucked into the cardinal cliche but my girlfriend persuaded me the embers have more personality. The blyxa looks greener after just three days of adding TPN+ and the algae is turning red and melting like the wicked witch of the west. Flourish/Easycarb should be put into the tap water! Sorry about my poor pictures, I promise to read up in the photos section..
6-7 week update, carpet is filling in SLOWLY, HC and Marisella taking their sweet time. Thinking about thinning the Blyxa out, maybe replacing the blyxa to the right of the big rock with a bush of rotala "green", think some pogestemon might go well in the foreground transition. Anyone fancy a swap :?: Here are a few shots, tried to get a shrimp molting but havn't figured out the macro setting yet ....
Few shots after taking out the blyxa and planting rotala and Pogostemon, took a tip from saintly and gave the rocks a scrub ! Have added some coral sand in the filter which has helped buffer the pH a bit so I've increased the CO2 and TPN. Things are looking greener but I think the blyxa copice to the right will soon need re-planting.
Embers were determined to be in every shot
Rotala just starting to change to submerged growth
NIce tank mate, looking really good. Reading through, I was really puzzled at your Co2BPS I thought more is better and I thought the HC would struggle with the low co2 but obviously not. what are you dosing?
Cheers Vito, this tank has been a steep learning curve for me. My HC does grow very slowly (took awhile to adjust to the underwater world) starting to take off now. I think you're right it does enjoy high C0 2 and ferts. I've been slowly building both up. Currently add 10 ml Easycarb and 3.5 ml of TPN + a day. CO2 comes on 2 hours before lights and runs at 2 bps currently. The C.helferi I thought was dead has started to muscle it's way through the blyxa (I understand that it has similar demands)
It is M.hirsuta, another slow starter but good because it will carpet in shady areas HC won't go. The floating plant is Limnobium laevigatum, it came from the big jungle tank in TGM that Graeme is re-scaping (I saw the hard scape couple of weeks ago, very interesting). It grows like mad and I throw out loads, if anyone wants any let me know.
Hi TBRO - the tank is looking better and better - my bylxa is just melting away but the small shoal of 6 Green Neons from TGM have settled and appear more interesting than cardinals. Well done with the tank.
Few update pics, Increased TPN again and the plants are going nuts, especially e.quadricostatus which is determined to be king. The lilly has gone a nice, venous-blood red. Added some rasbora brigittae which have disappeared into the undergrowth, they nip out at feeding time but still shy.