01-13-2013, 08:45 AM
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The latest mods include a new plant, some dwarf pennywort looking plant, first pic.
I replanted the red ludwigia after letting it ride at the surface for a while, put it in a grouping more directly under one of the LED bulbs in the fixture and in the open. I may need to move them again as the swords expand.
I slid the 24" fixture off to the left to create a shade end and bright end of the tank without having to use floaters to get the effect.
Pennywort is back in the sand again, stems are trimmed properly, the node roots grew while it was floating so it will stay put better now and it is in the bright side of the tank.
Crypts are over on the shade side with the Java Fern.
I still don't like the look of the swords but they are not flagging, it's just the brown spots getting to me.
Pic of the current layout. Everything looks so staged, probably just due to nothing really spreading out yet, although I trimmed some of the Hygrophilia stems and planted the cuttings to fill the back in. Interestingly all of the new growth has larger leaves than the original growth, I think that may be due to lower lighting levels... produces larger leaf surfaces, very adaptable plant.
Oh, the tank, being a tall, probably lends to the seemingly barren look... more water space above the plants makes them look a diminutive. In hindsight, I would have gone for a 36" shorter tank. Next time.
I see in the picture (even in the reduced image) the snail tracks on the glass that aren't visible otherwise, I obviously need to give it a cleaning sometime.