I decided to take some notes on all of the plants I have growing in my 125 gallon system. I didn't realize I had so many species until I started photographing them.
The substrate is silica sand with a 1" layer of soil mixed with flourite and broken pottery shards underneath. I dose it with liquid fertilizer twice a week and add DIY root tabs every 6 months. I run two 48" Finnex Planted+ LED strips side-by-side. The tank is 72", so that leaves some lower light zones on either end. The water temp is 75F and the pH is ~7.6. I exchange 30 gallons of water every week.
The tank's been going now for just over a year. It seems to have finally "matured" because the plants have been growing much more vigorously in the last 2-3 months. If anyone has tips for me to help some of the less successful plants, please let me know.
Anubias barteriCryptocoryne beckettiLobelia cardinalisVesicularia dubyana
This stuff grows into a giant fro which I occasionally trim back. This time I got rid of 90% of it so I wouldn't have to do it for a while. I used to trim it in the tank, but the little fragments lodge themselves in other plants and tangle around them. It's a pretty moss, but I kind of hate it.Alternanthera reineckii
This grows really well, and I have to trim it back every few months, but the old leaves develop holes in them.Sagittaria subulata
I'm not sure if this is dwarf sagittaria or something else, but it's formed a thick carpet in the middle of the tank and is sending long runners elsewhere. I'm not sure if it will take over in the dimmer regions or not.Hygrophila pinnatifidaBacopa caroliniana
I just transplanted some cuttings from another tank. They haven't established yet.Hygrophilia polysperma
This is another one that grows well and needs to be cut back regularly, but the older leaves all develop holes. I'm not sure if there's a nutritional definiciency or if that's just how this grows.Microsorum pteropus
(Windeløv)Staurogyne repensMicranthemum tweediei
This is the first plant I introduced. It's supposed to require CO2 to flourish, but I decided to try it anyway because when it carpets it looks realy nice. It's not dying, but it's not really growing either.Marsilea hirsuta
transplanted some cuttings from another tank yesterday. I've never been able to find an environment for it to flourish. Perhaps it's my water.Echinodorus sp.
I planted this in the tank from a small lab cultured sprig this spring and it didn't do much at all until a few weeks ago. Now it seems to want to grow, for some reason.