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I have a DIY CO2 system with a finnex 24/7 planted+ light and lightly dose liquid ferts.
Already got 2 moss balls, however the hygrophila looks like a good mid ground plant, I will definitely look into replacing the Argentine sword with one of these.My cherry shrimp used to like hygrophila, that's a good plant for them to graze from.
I also had best success with moss balls and banana plants, they loved those.
Jungle val definitely added to my list, moss looks awesome but very expensive ($24.99 for a 3x3 inch mat!). After some searching online my plan is Hygrophila pinnatifida, Ambulia, jungle val, moss (love your suggestion but due to price might just do some basic java moss). Now I just need a low-demand carpeting plant due to the fact that I have basic black diamond blasting sand, and really don't want to go through the trouble of dirting the aquarium. Baby tears might not do so well due to that, I might do sagittaria subulata as that seems not very demanding in terms of substrate nutrients and I think I can get away with some root tabs.For moss, I reccomend fissidens. Its compact in appearance and the shrimp love grazing it!
As for bushy plants, I would suggest adding some vall to form the backdrop.
Possibly to stay alive and grow slowly above the root tabs, but root tabs are limited to little pockets under sand so not all of them would have access to nutrients. Maybe try micranthemum monte carlo with a water column fert as well
Hm, I think I'm going to avoid carpetting plants until I can either dirt my tank or get a fine, black nutrient-rich substrate.
Looks really nice, I am thinking of using the money I have to buy black flourite sand, then buy a carpeting plant once that's in my tank. I would dirt but I plan on eventually getting dwarf chain loaches, and I really need to center the substrate around their needs as they will be quite expensive in comparison to my other fish ($70 for a school of 6)