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I would agree with him on the first picture also but I was talking about the fern type of plant you have....
And i noticed in your pic that your heater is straight up and down, i was informed by people on here that it is better if laid down as much as possible. Reason being is the temp gauge is in the top of the heater and it gets a more accurate reading of the whole tank when laid down as much as possible.
Love the sand and wood! It's exactly what I use in a couple tanks myself (though I do a 50/50 mix on the white and black sand). I even use mopani, which I think is what you have? Anyway I think you'll be pleased.
Re: plants in sand: So far (IME) everything seems to grow basically the same as in gravel, the only difference I've seen is that mermaid weed propagates much faster in gravel than in sand.
So finally got the wood in the tank and bought this underwater camera to take some pics, pictures on it kinda suck i think but the video looks cool. Too tired to bother with figuring how to upload from it and everything but i took a pics with my phone with the wood added.
Next step is getting more plants and maybe another piece of wood or a rock, its a shame space is so limited in a 20.
Thinking about getting some kind of plant to stick in that corner that would hang over the wood maybe.