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Windswept Eternity

Thanks again guys inc @Nelson and @tim for your kind comments:)
@Alexander Belchenko you're not far wrong it's just that the weeds have almost completely taken over.
@alto - I hesitate to post this FTS. and but here goes...

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@alto, @Berlioz
is on the money, the bronze plant is a Crypt, C. wendtii "kompact'. I've given it a hard time allowing it to adapt from emersed to submersed growth and back again, but it's thriving...
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I hesitate to post this FTS. and but here goes...
Fabulous!

the bronze plant is a Crypt, C. wendtii "kompact'. I've given it a hard time allowing it to adapt from emersed to submersed growth and back again, but it's thriving...
Thanks :) I thought it must be a crypt - nice to know which one (not really available here - though some are slipping it in)

Of course now I want those underwater shots :D
- it's a lovely tank in all it's guises :thumbup:

It's transforming into those Amazon floating (plant) rafts
 
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Thought I'd better do something with this scape and came to the conclusion that there might still be some mileage in it yet...
So...after some serious hacking and a bucket load of cuttings later:meh:...mission accomplished...
I took advantage of the emersed growth and planted some cuttings on the top of the stump as well.

And good news...I still have around 20 or so micro Rasboras left...very fat micro Rasboras I might add:rolleyes:

Next is replanting the carpet, but this time it's going to be a lower maintenance mixed carpet of micro sword, Stauro, Glosso, and H. tripartitia 'Japan'.

Can I bring this scape back from the brink:confused:...only time will tell...
 

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This is as far as I have got with the rejig.

There has been a lot of cleaning, and syphoning of mulm:sick:
Three 80% water changes later:meh: and I could start to think about reestablishing the carpet, which I had second thoughts about.

I had a some HC Cuba left and couldn't bare to recycle it. Instead I planted it with some micro sword, which I think has added a little more texture and a contrasting darker green.

I've also planted some Ludwigia sp 'Mini Super Red' at the back either side of the stump. Hopefully, it'll add a splash of colour eventually.

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That would have taken some trimming! nice work, what where you feeding the fish when it was very overgrown?
 
Hi thanks...I was feeding the fish a combination of frozen food and micro flakes. But I think their diet was also greatly supplemented by shrimplets and micro organisms that would have thrived in the overgrown conditions. When they made an appearance after I'd chopped the vegetation back they were very fat;)
 
I've not been able to do very much with this scape at all since I last posted, so it's become an overgrown swamp type thing again. At least the critters love it, and the emergent growth looks pretty cool...

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That looks indeed awsome! And very healthy.. Especialy (i assume) that pogo erectus, it looks like a little conifer..
 
@zozo Thanks Marcel, it is P. erectus.

@Westyggx Thanks. The carpet is covering well, you can see it in the background in the top image, but it's very unkempt. The micro sword (L. brasiliensis) I planted has gone a bit berserk.
 
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