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This is a discussion on Plant suggestions within the Beginner Planted Aquarium forums, part of the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium category; --> Originally Posted by LisaC144 You mean like one crypt at each on of the wood? Yes, but not exactly. It's easier to think this ...

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Old 02-02-2010, 05:48 PM   #21
 
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You mean like one crypt at each on of the wood?
Yes, but not exactly. It's easier to think this out when one is actually in the tank, but trying to envisage it, I would probably start with one crypt beside the wood on the front side but at the far left end, and one on the back side at the lower right end but not exactly at the ends...does this make any sense?
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:02 PM   #22
 
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The Echinodorus Major is listed on Sweet aquatics page as the Echinodorus Martii. I'm getting one too
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:45 PM   #23
 
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Cool thanks Mean Harri!

Byron, I do think it makes sense. My drawing is on my work computer. When I get in tomorrow I will try to draw where you mean and you can tell me if I'm getting your visualization correct
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:33 AM   #24
 
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Ok, I changed the right back corner plant to a Echinodorus Major and I THINK I put the red crypts where you suggested. Is that place right? Also, I do want ONE Pennywort in the tank. I think these are pretty, but i plan on keeping mine trimmed back. Is this a good place for it?

EM--Echinodorus Martii
AS- Amazon Sword
RCóRed crypt (red wendtii)
ANóAnubias nana
VC- Vallisneria corkscrew
CH- Sword, Narrow Leaf Chain (Echinodorus tenellus)
PW- Pennywort
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:36 AM   #25
 
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Natalie, which breed Vallis do you like? If I put it all the way in the back, should I get like 3 or 4 and line them up between the swords in the back? If so, then where can I put one pennywort? Right now I have them mid-ground with nothing in back of them or in front of them. The chain sword will eventually grow in front of them in the foreground, but they stay short.. I'm thinking of maybe just getting one red crypt and putting it to the left of the driftwood like this. Also, I love the E. Rubin. Where might that look good?
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:12 PM   #26
 
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Ok, I changed the right back corner plant to a Echinodorus Major and I THINK I put the red crypts where you suggested. Is that place right? Also, I do want ONE Pennywort in the tank. I think these are pretty, but i plan on keeping mine trimmed back. Is this a good place for it?

EM--Echinodorus Martii
AS- Amazon Sword
RCóRed crypt (red wendtii)
ANóAnubias nana
VC- Vallisneria corkscrew
CH- Sword, Narrow Leaf Chain (Echinodorus tenellus)
PW- Pennywort
I think your crypt placement may be better that what I was thinking, I was on the same wavelength but had the left one in front rather than behind the wood, but when you get in the tank it may be better your way; you can also experiment. Another thought is at the very end of the wood at the left (just the left plant, leave the other). Plants can be moved around for a day (with water in the tank ) before the fish are put in, I do that, since I frequently change things quite a bit after I fill the tank and sit in front of it. And then it settles overnight and in go fishies next morning, always in the morning so they have the full day to get used to their surroundings before lights out.

Pennywort is good along any side (except front) of a tank, it grows fast and will bush out. I have to trim mine every week during the pwc, sometimes I let it go 2-3 weeks if I really cut it down one week. It is especially good in back corners where little else will grow well due to light, and being fast growing it is easy to keep the tank corners bushy.

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Old 02-03-2010, 01:21 PM   #27
 
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So maybe switch the pennywort and Echinodorus Martii so the penny wort is in the corner?

Since this is an established tank that I will be emptying, planting, then refilling, I won't be able to play with the plants for a day. The fish will have to go back in as soon as I refill it and it gets back up to temperature.

My very last layout has only one crypt and it's sort of in front of the DW. Think that's better or will the tank look nicer with two? I like the idea of a a bit of color in the plants (like red crypt).
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:27 PM   #28
 
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So maybe switch the pennywort and Echinodorus Martii so the penny wort is in the corner?

Since this is an established tank that I will be emptying, planting, then refilling, I won't be able to play with the plants for a day. The fish will have to go back in as soon as I refill it and it gets back up to temperature.

My very last layout has only one crypt and it's sort of in front of the DW. Think that's better or will the tank look nicer with two? I like the idea of a a bit of color in the plants (like red crypt).
Fish will enjoy being in there as you move stuff around; I find they are very inquisitive. In my 4 and 5 foot tanks, if I am working at one end, they all stay at the opposite end, but as soon as I am out of the tank and sit down to look at it, they swim to where I was working and carefully survey everything. Sometimes I have them swimming around my hand, nibbling the hairs on my arm, as I'm in there.

Echinodorus major is a good corner plant too. Either work. I have Pennywort about where you have it in my 90g, with E. bleheri in the corners, so you can see the effect you will have with your placement in my current 90g flooded Amazon photos. The latest photo, which I think is the first of the three under "Aquariums" is the one showing Pennywort just right of centre and left of centre. B.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:33 PM   #29
 
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I like it! I'm going to keep it where it is. Any other suggestions? One or two red crypts? Anything maybe for the left front corner of the tank at all? I like E. Rubin as well if I can fit that in somewhere nice.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:43 PM   #30
 
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I like it! I'm going to keep it where it is. Any other suggestions? One or two red crypts? Anything maybe for the left front corner of the tank at all? I like E. Rubin as well if I can fit that in somewhere nice.
I think you'll find that pygmy chain swords fill out the front for you. And I would have three red crypts; I know I always like odd numbers, its like flowers in a vase, they always look better as 3 or 5, never 2 or 4. Three red crypts staggered around that wood will be lovely, a nice small focal point within the larger. And that is something I think is important to create the perception of more space and depth in any aquarium, have mini-focal points, using a piece of wood with a trio of plants, then a chunk of rock or another piece of wood with different plants in another spot. This is very natural--in nature the same plant species will be growing around a chunk of bogwood, tree stump, rock. Using nature's methods is a good way to obtain a natural looking acquascape. If you check the photos of my 115g, you'll see this as I think I did it quite well in this tank; there's a little focal point at the left with the standing tree, fallen tree over a slab of rock, and the small plants are all Echinodorus parviflora (dark green oval leaves). Then on the right side there is a trio of wood/red rock with a tunnel or two for the corys, and the E. bleheri behind this with E. quadricostatus around it. The latest photos of this tank show this after I cleared out a bunch of the quadricostatus from in front of the wood, I couldn't see it. B.
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