Today, I brought home, in addition to many things, some Java moss to add to my 28 and 10 gallon aquariums. As I took out the last of my plastic ornaments, scooped in more play sand, and arranged Shale, Slate Granite and Driftwood to look their finest, I let my java moss sit in a cup at the bottom of the 28 gallon in order for it to stay wet and fresh.
My female King Betta decided to explore this miraculous transparent cup and fuzzy plant inside it, dove right into the bottom, and pushed its way in and out of its intricate, tight, and sticky, busy nodes while I toiled at the ways I could pile my rocks just right. My many glassy Ghost Shrimp stared on from beneath rooted amazon swords plants with caution, waiting for their new caverns to be finished so that they could explore them as well.
I lifted as many of my rooted plants I felt necessary, perhaps seven or eight, to avoid them damage and let them float at the top of the water line, while the rest of my aquarium's inhabitants rested in the freshly floating foliage like they were sunbathers languidly lounging on aqua noodles in a swimming pool, who just patiently relaxed while I finished my endeavor.
It reminded me of when I would sit in my bedroom on the computer, and take a break from blasting bad guys, and stare out at my dad, toiling away at the rose garden, with my mother's cats resting coolly on piles of inert dirt, unknowing of his task, but all the same, enjoying their own spoils, their fish tank, while I looked in from my own.
Although, the larger a tank, distinctly the better and easier to manage an intricate aquascape becomes, but just the smile that seems to radiate from them after having a new live plant to ruffle their fins through is so much more rewarding than the languid stares they used to give the silk plants I had in with them before.
I hope everyone who thinks twice about it decides to go with live plants. They are such a wonderful addition to any aquarium, and at least to me, so much more interesting than you average run of the mill day to day maintenance you get from house plants.
i hope to have pictures of the finished tank up soon.