02-21-2013, 12:44 PM
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I agree with everything Byron said.
Forest fish are from streams and lakes in the jungle/forest, where tree branches often hang over the water (a tip I've noticed: if a fish species prefers an acidic Ph, then its definately a forest fish. The Ph in nature is usually from plant debris falling in the water. Their colors and behavior will be more natural in medium-to-low light).
A nicely aquascaped nature-style tank is still possible, but requires special attention to plant selection and a lot more grow-in time. (growing the plants emersed can help if your not in a rush) For example, many stem plants don't look nearly as attractive in low-light tanks since they stretch toward the light. However, many rooted plants are often underutilized, despite their attractive shape, such as cryptocoryne spiralis, aponogeton sp. , echinodorus var Vesuvius, narrow-leaf Java fern, and more mosses than you can imagine. Ill be glad to list others when I have the time.
Another benefit is that long grass-like plants (vallisneria, e. vesuvius, crypt spiralis, giant hairgrass, ect.) are perfect for replicating the natural habitat of discus and angelfish
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