7 weeks later:
The plants have been busy, havenít they?
Lots of growth!
I yanked the lily out and bagged its roots up in a net with some substrate (in an attempt to slow down growth). Seems to have worked. There are still half a dozen leaves, but it has slowed the huge growth rate.
The java fern has died back :(
The pogostemon erectus failed (Light not strong enough) :(
The crypts are flourishing :)
The anubias are taking over!
I added a windelov which is happy
The echinodorus is both dying back and producing new growth simultaneously, so i assume it is adapting to the tank.
Kham seems very happy grooving away in and around his plants.
I still donít think he has noticed any of the other inhabitants.
Big Red has been moved into my 200litre tank, where he seems very happy with the rest of his friends. He is not showing any aggressive behaviour there, so he has got over it.
The ember tetras seem very happy, but i do wish they had more space to shoal properly.
I added a nerite (orange with black dots) as a janitor, but he is only interested in cleaning glass.
So then (with trepidation) I added 2 amano shrimp.
Turns out Kham has ignored them as he ignores everything.
The plan was to let them clean up, then move them in to Tagawaís tank so they could live with their amano mates in there.
It will be impossible to move them now.
Not only are they near invisible, they are also faster than lightening, and can vanish into the undergrowth before i can lift the tank lid.
They are there for life.
Since amano are happiest in groups, I now have to decide whether to add more...
They are doing a great job cleaning, and use the betta log more than Kham does.
Favourite foods seem to be Repashy Bug Pie and Tropica micro pellets.
Kham still prefers sinking food.
I have tried riccia fluitans, and while Kham and I love it, it gets broken up a bit by the strong flow.
So now have some of Russellís recommended Ceratophyllum submersum on order to see if that fares better.
My only concern is that it may filter the light too much, but the tank does need more surface plants.
: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank
: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank
: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.