I'm just curious as to how others think my plants are doing. The goal of my tank is med-low light, and low-tech. A 5 gal tank, 10 watt 6500K fluorescent bulb. Substrate is Eco Complete. My water is pretty hard, so I doubt that I'm low on any nutrient other than nitrogen. Currently the only source of nitrogen is a single betta, and the little bit of food that he doesn't eat (if it sinks too fast, he won't touch it). I hope to eventually get a clean-up crew of snails, however there's been some delay on that.
Species that I have, two types of Anubias, two types of java fern, Cryptocoryne wendtii
, and a mystery stem that's probably in the Hygrophila genus. The java fern and stem came to me in rough shape. The stem was a bit melty when I put it in, and some of them have recovered, but most are still rather pale with some melty edges. The edges of the java ferns look a bit burnt (which was how they came), but have been producing baby plants on the edges of the leaves. The Crypts looked good when I planted them, but the edges have since gone wrinkly on me (you'll see in the pictures). Anubias have looked good this entire time, and one of them is even starting to put out a new leaf!
About a week after I added the stems, and a couple days after my tank finished cycling, the cycle went silent. Other than the day that the light timer malfunctioned, the N-tests have all been 0. (Honestly, them going to 0 was what I was hoping for!)
Anyways, the interesting part. Pictures!
The Crypt forest:
(Close ups here
And the stems:
And the Anubias, with the new leaf!
Because of where they are in the tank, it's hard to get a good pic of the java ferns.