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post #1 of 14 Old 01-20-2013, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question new to plants and advice needed for placement!

Well lol im new to live plants and im havin a lil trouble placing and making my aquarium look natural im on a verry low budget since ima 18yr old father of a 6 month old daughter so my dream natural planted tank is one pkant at a time and ive managed to pick up a few and not real familar with names of the plants nor the best way to make it look natural with the big rocks and plants i have ...i have mainly an angelfish tank , i have six angels 2 lyretailed sword tails and 2 emerald cats at the moment im goin to post a few pics of my plants in my tank and the rocks i have to work with ...eventually i wanna take the rocks out when i get more plants and have sticky looking something lol for a ceterpiece like ...cause the angels like sticks if im not mistaken any advice is greatly welcome ...the waters a bit cloudy cause i kicked up some sand trying to place my plants lol i kno the sword is an oriental sword supposidly and the long grass like one idk and the fountanie lookin ones idk either
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-20-2013, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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Its a 75 gal by the way
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-20-2013, 04:55 AM
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The only advice I have, is get rid of the symmetry. Personally, I'd do something like keeping all the rocks but 1 close together 1/3 of the way from the left side, with the larger rocks in the back, the swords just in front of them, and the smaller rocks arund it.

1/3 over from the right side with the grass-like plant, place the extra tiny rocks, and the other plant nearby.

If you get driftwood, I would place the big rock off-center, pile driftwood around it and in the middleground (still keep a focal point 1/3 over from one side), vallisneria along the back, with the oriental as a focal point in front of the wood, and the other rocks placed randomly (smallest closer to the front, though)

I'll move this to the plant section for you. ;)

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post #4 of 14 Old 01-20-2013, 01:55 PM
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I would add as many bunched of anacharis you can afford.

Also kill any filters/air stones to let things settle out.

If after a couple of days it is still cloudy then kill the lights and stop feeding until it clears.

just what works for me

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-20-2013, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Something like this on the left?
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-20-2013, 08:32 PM
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Something like this on the left?
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-21-2013, 07:02 AM
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The plant on the right looks suspiciously like mondo grass, which is not an aquatic plant species, you might want to look into that just to save yourself from a dying plant messing up your parameters.

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post #8 of 14 Old 01-21-2013, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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i got it at petsmart in there plant tank
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i got it at petsmart in there plant tank
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-21-2013, 09:32 AM
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pet smart and petco both sell non aquatic plants in their plant tanks ;) you can't trust those chain stores, LOL! I do recommend getting a water wisteria. they're cheap, grow fast and make beautiful plants in a tank with plenty of open space :)

just one in the middle will make the tank look fantastic over time!

a little advice on the rocks, pile them all next to the plant you want to be the central focus of the tank. this will bring all the separate elements into one focal point which will have a lot more impact :)

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