Cheers Keith...I think the tinkering days are over, time to let the plants grow in...Oscar
Your presentation is very good no bits and pieces laying around which is always very distracting.
The wall paper makes an interesting backing for the Aquascape I appears to give it added depth.
Your Aquascape is well balanced with everything blending in together making it a very relaxing tank to sit back and admire.
Cheers for that, I’m perplexed as I would prefer not to Dose liquid carb IF possible?!?!I would say the higher end of moderate lighting.
Unfortunately they disappeared without a trace. So my thinking was that the Apistos got a bit to close.... I would really like some shrimp again but not sure if I should risk it ?!?When my tank was low energy , I would use the liquid carbon as an algecide. Your plants look fine at the moment so I would keep things as they are.
How are the apistos with the amano shrimp?
I only have the Male Apisto, the female jumped out.....I was going to get him another companion but he seems happy enough with the tetras.I've kept cherry shrimp with apistogramma cacatuoides before. My cherry shrimp were established for about 6 months. The tank was planted and had many hiding spaces. One the apistos would attack the shrimp whilst the other would ignore them. I found that my population decreased however they were breeding faster than being eaten. They were also less outgoing with the apistos around. The shrimp population outlived the pair of apistogrammas.
I wonder if a smaller mouthed apistogramma exists.
I was thinking the same myself over the sand/gravel combo. Thinking of going sand for all foreground with some smaller rocks/plants. Elephant skin stone is a beautiful rock but “using a hammer” making smaller pieces can be difficult as inner rock has a completely different look “ not as easy on the eye”..I really like this low tech tank. Have you thought about putting a frosted background on the tank? also the sand /gravel transition looks a bit unnatural at least to me.Maybe do all white sand ?
I always think the foreground sand/gravel if not planted should more or less match the rocks to look the most natural. Kinda like these pictures: View attachment 131461View attachment 131462