I'm thinking of changing the substrate on my 55 to PFS in the future (once it's warm enough to rinse the sand outside). I am filled with trepidation at the work, but I think it would be worth it to have a nicer substrate for the bottom dwellers. So if I do it, I may as well redo the aquascape.
Here's the tank as of yesterday:
Here's a diagram to ID the plants:
1. Hygrophila salicifolia (Willow leaf)
2. Microsorum pteropus (Java fern)
3. Sagittaria subulata (Dwarf sag)
4. Cryptocoryne wendtii (I think)
5. Cladophora (moss balls)
6. Anubias afzelli
7. Anubias coffeefolia
8. Anubias nana
9. Echinodorus x. 'Ozelot' (Ozelot sword -- just tossed it in, not planted yet).
I'd like this tank to get fairly heavily planted eventually.
The driftwood is definitely staying. My thoughts right now:
1. Move the larger driftwood left so its peak is more at a 1/3 point in the tank.
2. Move the filter so its intake is more successfully hiding behind the driftwood.
3. Maybe group all the Hygro as background on the left side -- this is my best growing plant, and it looks very nice growing in groups; the diagonal leaves give a cross-hatch effect.
4. Get some contrasting background plant for the other side (not sure what)
5. Have the sword on the right side, midground.
Not sure what else. I'd like a nice foreground plant, I was thinking maybe Echinodorus tenellus. The sag is not growing much and is getting some algae.
Here's what I'm running on the tank:
2x65W daylight cf
Dosing Flourish comprehensive 2x weekly
Dosing Flourish Excel daily
I probably should be dosing other stuff, but not sure what. I will check my Nitrates tonight and see where they're at.
I'm thinking of a plant shopping run to the Twin Cities next week, so if you can suggest more plants that will work well in here, please post suggestions! I should mention that I'm not too interested in very fine-leafed frilly plants, unless they hold onto their leaves tight. I had a bunch of wisteria in here which led
to tossed salad floating around, so I got rid of it.
Also, any suggestions on arrangement and fertilizing (short of CO2
, not in the budget for now), please post!