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post #151 of 174 Old 07-20-2012, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Now I have a couple of ideas. First, get a sheet or two of plain black construction paper from the hobby/craft store and make a background. This will really make a difference and the Diamonds (beautiful fish) will sparkle even more.

Second, look for some substrate plants, and here I would recommend pygmy chain sword or chain sword. And there is space (and will be) for a common sword, Echinodorus bleherae, just one.

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Ok, thanks. I ssaw some dwarf sag at my lfs, but it was soo tall, that I didn't brother to buy it. It was about the size of Vallisneria, is this due to their lighting? Also you think I should move my Ozelot sword, I read they can grow pretty big.

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Ok, thanks. I ssaw some dwarf sag at my lfs, but it was soo tall, that I didn't brother to buy it. It was about the size of Vallisneria, is this due to their lighting? Also you think I should move my Ozelot sword, I read they can grow pretty big.
Now that you ask, yes. I would put it about where the crypt is, just to the right of centre, perhaps a tad more to the right. [Never "centre" any object, especially a large and "obvious" one like this plant (sword).] Then shift the crypt elsewhere, perhaps next to the wood or rock; crypts tend to look more natural at the "foot" of hardscape.

Sagittaria subulata is a nice plant; it grows taller than the very similar almost identical Hellanthium plants (chain and pygmy swords) but not thickly so it is qute nice mid-ground.

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Now that you ask, yes. I would put it about where the crypt is, just to the right of centre, perhaps a tad more to the right. [Never "centre" any object, especially a large and "obvious" one like this plant (sword).] Then shift the crypt elsewhere, perhaps next to the wood or rock; crypts tend to look more natural at the "foot" of hardscape.

Sagittaria subulata is a nice plant; it grows taller than the very similar almost identical Hellanthium plants (chain and pygmy swords) but not thickly so it is qute nice mid-ground.
Thank you. One more question, is the lotus good were it is?

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Thank you. One more question, is the lotus good were it is?
Ah, I think that is the plant i thought was a crypt. Photo is at a distance, i saw brownish red and "crypt" popped into my head. So if the sword goes roughly there, the lotus could go to the left and a bit closer to the back?

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Ah, I think that is the plant i thought was a crypt. Photo is at a distance, i saw brownish red and "crypt" popped into my head. So if the sword goes roughly there, the lotus could go to the left and a bit closer to the back?
Ok,so your saying closer to the wood? Sorry for the mix up, I do have crypts in there also.

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Ok,so your saying closer to the wood? Sorry for the mix up, I do have crypts in there also.
The lotus will develop floating leaves on long trailing stems, so I find it tends to be better near the back or side, although nice egffects can be created if it is more front.

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The lotus will develop floating leaves on long trailing stems, so I find it tends to be better near the back or side, although nice egffects can be created if it is more front.
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Yesterday, I moved a few plants around and I must say that the tank looks a whole lot better. :) The Ozelot sword had some very beautiful roots going on! I think it'll even better in it's new spot.

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post #159 of 174 Old 07-23-2012, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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I came home last night and what I know was going to happened, played out. When I went to the store last and picked up three Diamond tetras, they were all skinny, but one was just too sickly looking. I didn't notice while I was in the store, but from the way it looked I know it wasn't going to live long. It died, but my lfs has a 48hr return policy. I was going to take a pic of the fish and show just how sickly it was, but I didn't have a chance and it's had been picked pretty badly but the snails. I guess I'll just have to buy another when I go back on Wednesday.

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post #160 of 174 Old 07-26-2012, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Does this seem over stocked?

I plan to get a ehiem, once I save up some money.

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I would much rather have more capacity. I already have the Diamond Tetra, but if anybody has suggestions I'm willing to listen.

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