Here is a current picture of my tank with the new plant locations. It's starting to look more filled in now. I pruned and planted more of the Dwarf Hygrophila
, I think I did 5 stems and I am up to about 20 in the tank now. Some are starting to branch creating two stems from one even without the cutting forcing the issue. I did notice that one that I let go made it to the surface and that seemed to trigger a splitting response in the lower stem.
I decided to break the tank into two sections using the DH as a divider to come around beside the large drift wood piece. Two of my barbs are displaying territorial behavior now, one in each rear corner, so this might make it easier to provide two visually distinct areas. This might also provide more red colouration in more fish as the now two dominant males have their respective hierarchies. Need more cherry barbs... I have room to add two more.
I don't think that I have room for the swords, at least not the two of them. I'm less fond of those than the DH, I just like the look of smaller leaved plants as it tends to make everything else look larger. Sort of a relative scale thing. That and the swords seem to be taking FOREVER to grow tall enough to cover the back wall but will invariably shade other plants up front, particularly the red Ludwigia
, which seem to be doing much better where they are now... lots of new growth.
Is there any way, short of just tying the lower stems to get them to stay more vertical rather than spreading out the way they are? There are a fair number of nice new green shoots coming up and they are, obviously, heading up from the middle but I am sure that they won't stay going straight up for long.
I was concerned about a red plant in an LED tank but with the Ludwigia
doing as well as it is I am considering another red leafed plant that I noticed at the LFS. It is a bit larger than the Ludwigia
though and starts green at the bottom and red at the top, reverse of the RL. I would probably move the Brazilian Pennywort
back over to the feeding rock and put the new red plant directly under the front left light bulb. The valls should get tall enough that they are still visible behind it to keep the green rear wall theme going.
Back to thinking about a dedicated plant tank though.