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The shotgun approach to planting a tank
Old 03-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #101
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My daughter just said to me, "I want to look at the tank and see plants before I see fish".

She wants more plants so we're replanning the substrate coverage.

I have two driftwood pieces, the large mopani centre piece and the side Malaysian corner piece. I have a third that may become a java fern plantation but I don't want to put it on the bottom... Maybe suspended or supported from below to provide more cover for the catfish.... high enough to grow some small really low light plants underneath it.

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:36 PM   #102
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hmmm I'm not sure. it does look kind of like pygmy chain sword....
Not sure, the more I look and compare the less sure I am as to what it is. It seems to have a longer stem part before the leaf spreads, but it's pretty narrow and pointy.

I'll take a better shot and post it tomorrow to see if anyone can tell.

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:50 PM   #103
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Hmmm... this is my ex-parva.
yours look a little... stubbier?

edit: noticed pics were kinda blurry....
sharpened this one, not that I look at it, it doesnt really look like parva either o_O maybe persmart mislabelled it...


http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y25...ps3714a0ed.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y25...ps50829413.jpg

top view
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y25...ps6f0fddc7.jpg

in this 2.5, right in the middle.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:01 PM   #104
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Those look leafier and undulated, mine is very "solid"... not quite the term I mean but more dense and narrow of leaf, smooth. I got some shots I'll post but I'll need to do it on th slap top or PC tomorrow.

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:26 AM   #105
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OK, sword crypt ID time.

Here's all the best shots of these buggers... some from when I first got them and some now. Not much has changed growth wise... if anything I'd say they have receded somewhat.

The first shot gives an idea of their relative size, they are no larger now.

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:56 AM   #106
 
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Between the two choices, I'd say your plant is the Pygmy or Narrow Leaf Chain Sword. If so, they do like stronger light. Mine just gradually disappeared. I think the gravel substrate in that tank was the problem.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:59 AM   #107
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I've two choices with this plant.

If it is a sword, moving it up onto a driftwood to get it closer to the light which will increase the lux it receives. Either fill one of the hollows with sand or take it out and route out a trough for plants in such a way as it isn't obviously a man made setup.

If it's a crypt, move it into less light.

I just moved it into a position where it is no longer shaded over the weekend so I am going to stick with the original sword designation for now as it wasn't doing well under the full sized sword leaves... so I will see what it does with a bit more light.

It does look more swordish than cryptish.

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Old 03-21-2013, 09:05 AM   #108
 
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My daughter just said to me, "I want to look at the tank and see plants before I see fish".

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Your daughter is wise beyond her years.

FWIW I have heard similiar amazing things after a newbie, just starting a tank added live plants. That's always very rewarding to me anyway.

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Old 03-21-2013, 09:09 AM   #109
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Your daughter is wise beyond her years.

FWIW I have heard similiar amazing things after a newbie, just starting a tank added live plants. That's always very rewarding to me anyway.

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Wise, maybe, prudent.....

My wife said that she wanted to see the fish... the plants were taking over the tank.

The dogs apparently have no opinion.

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:36 AM   #110
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dogs, men's best friend.

Where did you read about crypts not loving light?
I would move the poor plant around less XD the roots looks abused~
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