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The shotgun approach to planting a tank
Old 04-22-2013, 04:57 PM   #191
 
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I was putting in my new driftwood piece last night and noticed these little java moss shoots in behind the original piece. I thought it was interesting to note how they have "rooted" into the sand. These look more like a proper stem plant here than what the idea of a "moss" should be.

In pulling out some other stuff I inadvertently pulled some other java moss out and found that it had developed some roots as well. I forgot to take a shot of that but I left it in my "extra plant pail" for now anyway along with some other stems... until I decide what to do with them.

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Aren't those anacharis?
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:07 PM   #192
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Aren't those anacharis?
Well, you need a frame of reference I suppose. The gravel in the picture is actually grains of sand and the stems, leaf and all, are less than 1/16" across.

That and I've not ever had anacharis in the tank.

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:35 PM   #193
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baby elodea XD My fissidens does the same thing :P i keep puling plants out that's attached themselves to the gravel. then I'm like noooooo why you steal my gravel?!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:02 PM   #194
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New plant, but it's my first repeat.

Cryptocoryne beckettii

This is a shot of the one I bought previously... the fish are in night mode so I just used an LED trouble light... actually turned out not too badly and the barb was not as darty so it actually looks like a fish rather than a blur.

Anyway, I liked the specimen today and bought it only to realize upon returning home that is is the same as the last purchase. At least the new one has separated plants whereas the old one is all one root ball. I'm liking the leaf plants more than stems anyway so more is certainly not a bad thing. Only so much selection at the LFS.

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Old 04-27-2013, 10:59 AM   #195
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a lot of planted tankers eventually cut down on stems and go for the rosette plants(or the runner ones). I think it's due to their infinite vertical growth. lol
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:55 PM   #196
 
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For years, the only plants I had luck with were Amazon Swords and stem plants. Now, the rosettes seem to be working and the only stem plant I have consistent success growing is Brazilian Pennywort.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:58 PM   #197
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My pennywort is all now on dedicated floater duty. It was doing fine as a stem but I needed more floaters and more substrate space.

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Old 04-30-2013, 09:58 AM   #198
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a lot of planted tankers eventually cut down on stems and go for the rosette plants(or the runner ones). I think it's due to their infinite vertical growth. lol
Actually, in my case I just didn't like the way the plant was progressing, larger leaves than it started out with and a lot more scraggily or stemmy than I wanted, probably due to the lower light. I've decided that I like a crypt look and plan on expanding on that with some various height varieties with some other medium light plants mixed in.

I'm even going to remove the last stem of the regular hygrophila I think. It looks out of place as the only tall stem in there. I have a couple of other stems that I will probably keep short, they are much smaller leafed varieties. The vals are shooting out runners now... only in the wrong direction so I'll need to move some plantlets.

I think that my shotgun selection is being narrowed down now, which is where I figured I would end up as a huge plethora of species isn't the most pleasing look in the long run.

Here's an updated shot. There isn't much changing in there, not like there has been but now the flash of blue is back as Oscar is in the shot again... top left corner in his favourite hidey spot now.

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Old 04-30-2013, 10:53 AM   #199
 
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I suppose; however, your tank still looks great. I have seen tanks with 2-3 species of plants that look incredible and tanks with a wide variety of plants that look beautiful. The tanks with few species tend to be theme or regional in make up. The wide variety approach achieves a lush jungle effect. You have a wet green thumb. I'm finally learning to go with what works. That has led me to the rosettes. If I had success with the stems, my tanks would probably contain a wider variety.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:55 AM   #200
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I dropped a dwarf lily bulb into my tank about three weeks ago and it wasn't really doing much. Last week I moved it up to the driftwood to get it closer to the light and removed some of my excess duckweed. Nice difference with some new roots from a node that wasn't apparent initially so I can probably split it soon. I'm looking forward to seeing it reach for the surface.

I attached my overall tank shot. Not as much change as I was getting used to now that I have more slower growing plants in place. I am liking that mass of floating pennywort. It is even shooting out some leaves above the surface of the water now, not just on the surface.

Oscar is right there in the shots again, nice to see him swimming around back to his old self, eating like a pig too.

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