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Old 07-22-2014, 03:34 AM   #21
 
Im looking forward to getting the lights, at the moment both ends of the tank are kind of dark, and it should highlight the plants more too.

I'm not yet sure if i'm going to plant something in that space at the back but some crypts would look good there
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:24 AM   #22
 
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Ya crypts would be nice. Cuz they will fill that ground space completely. Plus they dont grow tall(well they can, but trim them) so there will be a space in the middle but crypts on the bottom of it. I personally think that would look awesome.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:48 PM   #23
 
Crypts get huge, I have them pushing the waterline on my 10 gallon and another member here has them half way up her 55. I wouldn't put them in the center but rather the back corners.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:56 PM   #24
 
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That is why you trim them. What type are you referring to?
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:38 PM   #25
 
We both have wendtii - the most common type available. Mine is actually bronze sold as green from Petsmart. You can trim all you want, though. Crypts get large. That's like saying you'll keep a sword small with trimming. They are large plants by nature and trimming healthy leaves often will result in
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:00 PM   #26
 
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Crypts dont get as big as swords. Gcnz, you can get some crypt parva. I love that plant.
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:09 AM   #27
 
I didn't say they get as big as swords but trimming them often enough to keep them short will be detrikmental to the health of the plant and make it look funny. How about moving the driftwood more to the center?
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:20 AM   #28
 
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Oh, I was actually going to say move it over to the right, and have the long pieces go over the middle. Also with crypts, they usually only grow tall (like yours) in low light tanks.
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:30 AM   #29
 
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Flint's tank isn't low-light and neither is the other members if I remember correctly. That sounds like a good placement of the driftwood, though!
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:42 AM   #30
 
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Well that is what happens, if they dont get enough light they go up. Just like baby tears. Or if you have one for like a 1 year or so and not trim it. Of course it is going to get big. But they are considered a mid plant, and in that size tank that is what it will be.
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