In my 29-gallon planted tank (which is my first attempt at a planted tank), I started with watersprite, wisteria, anacharis, dwarf sags, dwarf hairgrass, microsword, and 1 pot of hemianthus callitrichoides (dwarf baby tears). These are supposed to be fairly easy plants to care for.
First off, anacharis is not all it's cracked up to be. I had lots of trouble keeping it in the substrate and it kept turning brown and mushy. I finally removed it.
I'm not impressed at this point with my wisteria. It doesn't seem to be growing. I'm going to give it a little more time, though.
Some of the leaves on the dwarf sags are turning transparent, but I did notice some new shoots coming up by one of the mother plants. I'm gonna give this a little more time, as well.
The micro-swords are doing okay. They are starting to send runners.
I LOVE the watersprite. It is growing like MAD!!!
I believe it is going to be my sole background plant. I separated the one pot into 2 mother plants that have produced 2 baby plants which are planted. I have one more floating till it grows some roots, then it'll be planted, as well. Looks like 2 more daughters waiting to be released from the mother.
By the way, what is the best way to propogate these baby plants from the mother without damaging either?
The dwarf hairgrass is sending runners now. I can't wait to get that "carpet" effect. Will trimming the top of the hairgrass keep it short, or will it continue to grow tall? The potted plants I started with were about 3 - 3.5" tall when I planted them. I would like for it to grow shorter. Any suggestions?
And finally, the baby tears. I would not plant these in a tank with guppies. I bought one pot to see if I would like the look. I loved the look, but the guppies loved it more. They looked like deer in a grass patch. They did not stop until they had picked off all of the green leaves, and uprooted the stems. :(
Any general suggestions on this setup would be appreciated. I am using a double strip light with 18w bulbs @ 5500k each, I believe. I also am using Eco-Complete substrate. I use Flourish and Flourish Excel, as well. I am not using CO2 injection at this point.
Is there anything I can do different to help my struggling plants (wisteria and dwarf sags) do better?
Are there any other plants that make a great carpet look?
Thanks for all of the help.