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Here's the 20 all planted.
Old 01-07-2011, 12:27 AM   #1
 
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Here's the 20 all planted.



Any suggestions/criticism are always welcome. Plants just put in today so trying to decide best placements before they get settled in. The plan is to leave as is for another week or so until it is cycled for the 5 neon tetras, then I will be adding 5 panda corys, and at some point a Bolivian Ram
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:21 AM   #2
 
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Looks good!...I would like to take a nap on that nice white sand...the only suggestion plant wise... would to maybe add a plant with some red in it...
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:31 AM   #3
 
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yeah that would be nice. If I understand byron correctly, I beleive red leaf plants require more light than green leaf, because they reflect more red light. I am not for positive if my light is sufficient. Either way this is my first tank that has more than 1 or 2 plants in it (so for me, heavily planted). I want to make sure they do ok before I toss more in.

If everything is going well then I might look into maybe some red wenti! thanks for the comment!
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:04 AM   #4
 
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Nice plants. Looking good.

I'm no expert - my gardening skills are terrestrial, but I'd move the 2 plants in the front in a bit from the sides of the tank, to give their roots (assuming they have roots ) a chance to also grow on the side next to the tank walls, and also to give yourself room to get your cloth or scrubber down the side to clean the tank walls.

I'd be inclined to move your wood so that it isn't so centred. Also, could you plant something in front of that big black thing (is it your filter? Is it internal?)
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:03 PM   #5
 
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That is a clean looking tank.... I like it.
I am a fan of a plain black background. I have used black felt from the craft store. it helps the equipment blend in a little
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:01 PM   #6
 
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Those plants in the front corners- what are they?

I'd move then away from the sides... Perhaps change the angle of the driftwood, move it to the right about 8 inches, and put those bushy plants about 9 inches to the right of the wood?

(There's a 'magic number' for aquascaping, and simplified it's about 1/3 So divide the tank into thirds and have something to catch the eye where the 1/3 lines would be... wow, that's too complicated...)

I'd also move the vallisneria (?) to the right... I think the only complaint I have is that it looks manmade and "rigid". Introduce a little chaos, and it will look better imo.

I'd also be careful- those shells will raise the kh of the water.

Oh, and one more thing. Red plants will work in low light as long as you choose the right ones... Barclaya and crypts do well and are red-ish. I'd also add a foreground plant- perhaps dwarf sag or Isoetes?

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Old 01-07-2011, 03:06 PM   #7
 
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beautiful and clear.
agree with the removal of the shells and move the wood a little,fill to the top,
black background will make the filter less "see able" or change to a HOB.
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:52 PM   #8
 
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Thanks for all the info, I will play around. The problem with filling to the top is it is in intank filter that hangs down. If I fill it any more then the water will be above where the water comes out of the filter. This was the only filter I had left, so once I get some money Ill go pick up a new one, and transfer the media, then fill it up. until then I have to deal with the horrible site of not full tank, which I hate.
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:58 PM   #9
 
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aww don't worry,you'll have it sorted before you know it.
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:03 PM   #10
 
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Those plants in the front corners- what are they?
Ambulia (Limnophila indica) aren't they pretty?
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