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post #11 of 16 Old 09-03-2011, 03:45 AM
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won't the amazons fill out the sides ? mine are quite big,and fill gaps really well.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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won't the amazons fill out the sides ? mine are quite big,and fill gaps really well.

Maybe ill just get two to start and figure out what to add later. Thanks

Anyone with thoughts on Salvinia? how do you get good air circulation between the leaves and the light?
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One common sword in the back corner will fill the space, I already suggested that.

On the Salvinia, this is a lovely floating plant. I had it for years back in the 1990's, but I can't find it locally now. I didn't have problems with a normal glass cover and the dual T8 tubes.

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So I am very happy with the tank. Thanks for everyone help. I have replaced the pennywort with Salvinia, which looks much better. My issue is now it has covered the entire tank so its hard to feed. Is there anything that will create some space so I can feed, or anything to separate the plants so I have some open water in the front?

They have this at Petco that would work, but i would rather figure out a way to create a larger open space if possible.

NutraFin Max Feeding Ring at PETCO
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Just throw away some Salvinia? I have water lettuce and I have to throw out quite a bit every week because it covers almost the entire surface.
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So I am very happy with the tank. Thanks for everyone help. I have replaced the pennywort with Salvinia, which looks much better. My issue is now it has covered the entire tank so its hard to feed. Is there anything that will create some space so I can feed, or anything to separate the plants so I have some open water in the front?

They have this at Petco that would work, but i would rather figure out a way to create a larger open space if possible.

NutraFin Max Feeding Ring at PETCO
That gadget would work, but I wouldn't like the look of it floating. And, there should be some "natural" open space. This takes a bit of work, as Salvinia is like Duckweed in this respect: it will multiply rapidly and cover the surface in no time. I just thin them out each week at the water change, removing enough so the surface is maybe half or 1/3 covered; by the following week it is usually nearly covered again. I do this now with Duckweed, I used to do it with Salvinia when I had it.

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