Just finished trimming the hygro and replanting. I think I need to learn to be more aggressive when trimming, and trim lower on the stems in future, judging by the rotala, which is already making a comeback. So now I have roughly double the rotala and hygro stems planted than I did last week, when I first set up the tanks. I'm absolutely loving the thick jungle look.
After a couple more trimmings though, I won't be able to replant the tops. Which is fine, because then I can take all the trimmings, some spare soil and sand/gravel and a tank to my friend's place and teach her brother what I know.
The fish seem to love having a really dense jungle of stems, especially Feyd. He likes to lurk and hide, then play peek-a-boo in the stems in his tank. It's adorable.
One thing that I will say about the NPTs and the plants in them, is that I'm still undecided about the red plants. They look pretty and all, and none of them seem to be melting, they're all growing, especially the pink rotala, but I must say that I do prefer an all-green scape. I will however just leave it for a while, because they do look nice. I guess I'm just biased because my favourite colour is green. Perhaps my opinion will change when the carpet fills in a little more.
My partner suggested that we get some DHG to fill in the carpet, rather than using the same plant the whole way through, but I'm wary of attempting a mixed carpet with so little experience in this stuff. I don't doubt that it would look interesting, I just worry that it won't turn out as well as I hope, y'know?