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Old 06-18-2020, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is what my tank currently looks like:



It's my first ever attempt at a planted tank, and after a few hiccups, most plants are doing well. I have both azolla and duckweed growing on the surface, and added shrimp 2 weeks ago (they are all doing well). I know hornwort is one of the best plants to keep the aquarium in good condition, but I'm getting a bit tired of having to trim it every week because it gets messy with the floating plants.

I just added alternanthera bettzickiana red a couple of days ago, and if it does well and grows, do I have enough plants that removing the hornwort wouldn't be a problem?

I know I have algae problems on the glass, but I recently treated the tank with No Planaria, so I gotta wait a few weeks before i can add a nerite snail .
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You can remove the hornwort, just do it gradually. Your floating plants will perform the same function as the hortwort. I can't recognize all of your plants from the photo, just make sure that you have enough strong rooted species.
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From left to right:bacopa carolinia, alternanthera bettzickiana red, rotala indica.
Center: cryptocoryne wendtii red
Foreground: staurogyne repens.
On driftwood/decoration: assorted anubias.
Floating: duckweed and azolla

Both the bacopa and rotalla have been growing roots, and they seem to be able to reach the soil under the substrate


I also had to move one of the cryptos and the roots on that plant were easily 3 inches long. The bacopa isn't growing as fast as I thought it would, but it's healthy and it is branching, so I've been replanting the trims. I think i have been doing ok because I haven't had any plants melt anymore and the shrimp have settled well. I'm crossing my fingers on the new alternanthera as it's been in the tank for only 2 days, but everything else has been growing and spreading.
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Cryptocoryne are classic strong rooted plants, so you are good.
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Old 06-19-2020, 02:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Very pretty tank! If your main concern is removing excess Hornwort, then I would call your tank a resounding and unqualified success. Good job!

If you want a challenge, try breeding guppies for longevity.
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