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post #11 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 05:09 PM
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I'm not very good at planning a tank and I just recently was told about the 3 and 5 rule. I would say adding 3 swords in your back left and right corner and I like the look of a grassy background so you could go with some sorta grass all along the back as just a background thing. Or you could get a couple different plants at the store and let them grow out and see which ones you like and don't like. Then just go back to the store and get more of the ones you like.
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post #12 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 05:39 PM
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If you look at my aquariums, you will see I like them to be very full of plants. I too LOVE Amazon swords, in fact they are a favorite for sure. I do also like Pennywort though and you don't care for that so it basically comes down to what you like. Look at peoples Aquarium pictures and chose the plants you most like and go from there.

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post #13 of 18 Old 05-01-2012, 06:43 PM
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My suggestion would be not to spread out into two many different plant species, but find a few you like (those in the tank in the photos for instance) and add a few more of some of them. This creates a more natural aquascape, if that is what you're after. It also increases your chances of healthy plants.

Looking at the first photo in the series, i would probably get two more of the common swords (far right, prob Echinodorus bleherae). And you mentinoed some pygmy chain sword.

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post #14 of 18 Old 05-15-2012, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all,

So I added some more swords in the back, and some jungle val in a corner to hide the filter intake and heater.

I also bought some micro sword by accident. I told the guy pygmy chain sword but they were in the same tank as the microsword and i believe he misheard me and i walked away as he bagged and did not notice untill i got home. Do I just plant it in this big bunch like it came or do i break it apart? how low can i cut the leaves as i think its too tall.



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post #15 of 18 Old 05-15-2012, 06:18 PM
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Pull the microsword apart slightly, more like just spreading it out, and plant it. When it establishes it will send out runners. It may or may not make it; it doesn't do well in my tanks, insufficient light. Will they give you some of the pygmy chain sword? It will certainly do well.

Looking good though, that is much better. There is a nice uniform appearance.

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I'd pull all of the non-stem plants up to where the substrate is just below the crown of the plant.
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post #17 of 18 Old 05-21-2012, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Microsword has sent out some new leaves away from the bunch so thats kinda cool. Definitaly like pygmy chain sword better but ill see how this goes.

How often do i need to replace the flourish tabs? And can i get by with only putting one tab near each sword or should i distrubute evenly across the entire tank?
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Microsword has sent out some new leaves away from the bunch so thats kinda cool. Definitaly like pygmy chain sword better but ill see how this goes.

How often do i need to replace the flourish tabs? And can i get by with only putting one tab near each sword or should i distrubute evenly across the entire tank?
I only use the tabs next to plants, the larger swords, tiger lotus, aponogeton. One tab about 2 inches from the crown of the plant and pushed down into the substrate. They say they last up to 3 months, I replace mine just after 2 months (when I remember).

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