Since we moved that tank has been torn down and has been returned to my wife and now is home to some tiny shrimp that UG might actually be able to eat the babies
I finally got around to setting up a new U. graminifolia grow-up area about a month ago and so far everything is moving along about like I would expect it too. The UG is starting to settle in and I'm getting a lot of random grasses/algae. Once the UG gets going the grasses and algae should because a non issue. The water is usually crystal clear but I was just playing around in there removing the grasses/whatnot.
Right now its about at the maximum water level I plan to keep it at, I plan to allow the water to very slowly drop until the top 1/4 to 1/2 of the mud in completely above water.
I would have preferred very flat pieces of driftwood over the mud medium and I may add them later as I run across them. Although the filter medium I'm using to keep the mud out of the "sump pump" area is growing UG pretty well so I may cut a few pieces of that and see how that works. The goal of this setup is easy harvesting and reseeding for sale to the aquarium crowd to fund my plant addiction ur hobby. That and having a mat of UG around the house is nice to look at. I know from experience that good quality driftwood or the mud I'm using works really well for this. The filter medium may be another option.
Full setup under 2 T5 24" lights.
DSC_0832 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
There is a large false bottom under about 1" of mud/sand/laterite mix. I still need to add more mud but it got cold and I need to use the hose outside, did I mention its cold out there?
DSC_0833 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
Standard aquarium pump with a splitter. I've always had much better growth with UG in moderately fast moving water.
DSC_0834 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
Small starter clump that is perking up nicely.
DSC_0831 by randallsimpson, on Flickr