08-14-2012, 12:11 PM
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Bi-weekly update time. If anyone wants pics I will post them, I'm changing some things around later this week and was planning on picture taking then.
Critters- All is well and excellent with these guys. Last week I saw a ramshorn snail, or at least was certain I did. No sighting of any since, so I'm hoping it wasn't my imagination. I wouldn't mind a third snail species in the tank. BTW, I'm not sure if the loaches eat snails or not but I did see one gator rolling a trumpet snail. I'm not sure if the snail was alive at the time or even if the loach managed to get through the closed shell. I just thought it was interesting. I've only seen it once.
Still no clue as to what other fish I will add, but I'm in love with the two kinds I do have. They're perfect for the tank and it's fun to see them swimming together.
Plants-More mixed results here. Half the Hygrophila pinnatfida was lost. The rest is doing alright, if by alright you mean not dying but not growing either. All of the new Hygrophila corymbosa 'angustifolia' has met the same mushy fate, although the stems I had previously are fine. The 'Siamensis' is finally growing quickly. Actually most of the plants are growing quickly. The green Hygrophila 'bold' (I see to have to form of this plant that differ in not only color, but also growth pattern from the same seller though) is once more in need of a pruning and has numerous side shoots finally growing. I should be able to get a nice bushy look from it. The sunset hygro is also going to a get a pruning. I had been waiting for it to reach the surface but it's more interested in blocking the light over the H. odora. I added Rotala 'Bangladesh' Thursday afternoon. Some of it already looks like it's double in length. The new growth doesn't show the red stems, but I can accept that since it's a lowtech tank and many of the other plants in there have the same "problem". I'm guessing the Rotala can be planted closer to each other than any of the Hygrophilas, at least that's what I've done. Finger crossed that there aren't any problems.
After the good luck with the 'Bangladesh' I have some other cheap Rotalas ordered to try, they will be replacing some of the plants that don't seem to enjoy my tank (anugifolia, compacta, possibly odora although that one is really pretty). I'll be getting a mix of Rotala 'green' and R. macranda 'narrow green' as well as R. 'yao yai' and R. macranda 'Japan red'. The last is not bright red, but reddish green so if I'm lucky that will stay that color. If not I'm not overly concerned as long as it grows.