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Out with the Old and in with the New
Old 01-27-2010, 06:47 PM   #11
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Absolutely beautiful transformation! Job well done!
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:48 AM   #12
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"Low light" and being "limited" on plants is partly a myth....Feel free to check out my tanks here to the left under my aquarium log....Just about ANY plant you could put your hands on, I had it, growing & growing well with just lights & fish no ferts no special substrate nothing
I even got dwarf baby tears going in my 55g now; which this light is about as far from these plants as it could possibly get in a set up and they're growing awesome and I got a total of 60w over the 55g (no co2 nothing).

So don't give up on certain plants you like...tell me what it is you really like and all your set up details and I bet ya my all we can work something out where you can house these plants too
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:14 PM   #13
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Thanks Angel079! Awesome tanks - I think my fav is your new 55gal. You must have a ton of room to have so many tanks!
If I could have whatever I wanted one of the plants I like is the twisted val (Vallisneria tortifolia) but it says bright light. I also thought a little bit of floating plant of some sort as I understand my hatchetfish like the cover. Not sure if I want an actual floating plant or one that grows tall and across the top lik the straight val.
I like my cabomba but it won't stay in my substrate, it keeps pulling out so I cut it real short and am trying that.
I like the scarlet lobelia (lobelia cardinalis), delicate ammannia (ammannia gracillis), madagascan lace plant (aponogeton madagascariensis), whorled umbrella plant (hydrocotyle verticillata), giant red rotala (rotala macrandra) for their red color, and one of my favorites is the red myriophyllum (myriophyllum tuberculatum) for its unique shaped leaves and color.
I was thinking of getting some water wisteria as it is any easy plant to grow. I would like to have a variety of color and shape in my tank.
Do you have any suggestions for a very low growing plant to look like small patches of grass in the tank here and there.
Also could I put shrimp in my tank or would my angel or bosemani's eat them?
Thank you for helping me. I am open to any suggestions you may have. : )
Again love your tanks!
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:14 AM   #14
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That's a pretty dramatic change. It looks awesome.

I love the pic. of the fish that seems to be thinking "how the heck did an eagle get in the tank"?
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:30 AM   #15
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I love the little dude with the fish pole in there! ;)
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:21 PM   #16
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My tank set up

Angel079 here are my parameters - sorry missed them in my first post to you....
Nitrate - 10
Nitrite - 0
GH - 150
Chlorine - 0
KH - 120
pH - 7.8

Substrate is the eco-complete

Filter is a ReNa Filstar 2 canister

Two airlines for the river so very little into the tank

Current plants: anubias, cabomba, cardianl crypt, some kind of tall grass, and a bacopa
The bacopa is tall and leggy so I know it is not enough light. The rest seem to be doing well.

Thanks again!
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:35 PM   #17
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I love the new setup, it's amazing what some imagination and mother nature can do!!
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:45 PM   #18
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Its a 55g right? I'd find the 3x48" lights too much. I use 2x 4ft over my 55g's set ups. Then I add the normal Daylight florescent from Lowes or Homedepot or Walmart (They're always either labeled Daylight or Ultimate daylight and rated at 6500Kelvin if you look at the small print and on a 55g I get 2x30watt)
LOL WHICH of the 55g's do you like best lol maybe I can help you from there tell ya what plants are all in it.

The twisted Vallis (Vallisneria tortifolia) is often also sold as "Corkscrew" and I had these growing in tanks where the light was not just low tech but next to nothing (with 1 flourecent that equaled ~0.3watt per gallon and they grew about 2-3ft long lol)
Floating I'd either get frogbite or use Pennywort and just don't plant it in the gravel but let float up top; Pennywort is my fav there.

If the cabomba doesn't stay down...how much gravel do you have in there and is it fine or rather the size of pea's and up? Googel image results for Anacharis (Egeria najas) that may be an alternative for you there as they built more roots. Or maybe also Rotala Indica (If you look at my "New 45g" that's all full of it and its also super low light set up - 25w total over the 45g)
If you like color & shape def look up Red Tiger Lotus as well!
Grass like stuff that'll grow in any of these "low" set ups as you call them (which is not low indeed) is plants like Dwarf Hairdrass, Java moss (made to be a carpet via piece window screen if you like) narrowleaf chain sword.

I lovveee shrimp don't get me wrong but with my boeseman's the shrimp wouldn't even reach the bottom of the tank before they're *snack*...

Sorry me thinking in degrees of hardness so that's 7dKH and pH 7.8 that's wonderful fpr plants (any plants you mentioned before and then some 100 more lol)

Yea bacopa grows rather like a skinny looking plant...if you like something similar to its rounded leaf that's green & redish...Look up Ludwigia (Or look at my Newst 55g set up lol on the very right side)
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:59 PM   #19
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The grass like tall stuff you mentioned before (I just went looked at your tank) in the far rear left corner, that's Sagittaria Subulata.

And you know honestly my 2 cents...I'd not put no grassy stuff in front of the Anubias there; I'd add something with a lil color on the back wall (Like a Mix of Rotala's and Corkscrew Vals and maybe few Ludwigia Natans) and then maybe only like some java moss over the big river rocks on the front there and that's it...cause really THE master piece in this tank is that DW with the Anubias and I'd wanna keep this as the "plant centerpiece".....that's just if it was MY tank lol
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:15 PM   #20
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OMG it looks amazing. ESPecially after seeing the non-planted. It's cathartic. My plants, even though not in optimal health, are so attractive that I stare at them more than I do the fish : )
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55 gal, community, planted

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