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Any suggestions for plants?
Old 05-13-2011, 02:58 AM   #1
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Any suggestions for plants?

Hey, I'm still in the process of setting up my new 28 gallon aquarium. I picked put my decorations and theme, its not as natural as a lot I'm seeing.. but I thought the Asian sortof theme was fun. I know I want to get a couple of the good luck moss balls to put in the front, but honestly I'm at a loss on what to do for plants. I don't want too many bright green plants to where it over powers the "bonzai".. I've been going with dark colored plants mostly so far, so they can benefit the tank but not stand out too much.

Any ideas on plants for the background? Or should I just scrap the whole idea I have going on now?

(By the way, the circle that's in front of the internal filter in the back is a reflection of the tv. Also, I'll be getting rid of that filter. I have a new one installed and I'm running both to help the bacterial growth.

I'd appreciate some help on designing the planted back part of the tank so can avoid spending money on plants I end up hating lol.
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:22 AM   #2
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Sorry for posting again.. my computer is broken so I'm on my phone and I can't figure out if I can edit a post! Figured I'd post a pic of mainly the plants I do have in there.

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Old 05-13-2011, 04:27 PM   #3
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Take the "lucky Bamboo" from the tank, it is not a under water plant, an it will rot an foul your water...
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:51 PM   #4
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I've heard that and I've kept an eye on it for that reason . It's been in the tank for about a month with no sign of trouble. It's actually been growing pretty well.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:19 PM   #5
I think that the tank decor looks nice. What kind of fish? I don't have much experience with aquatic plants since my LFS doesn't have a lot of choice, but what about java moss? It might give the decor an aged look, if that's what you want. Or if you have the moss balls, it might be too much of the same.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:09 PM   #6
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Thank you! I thought about moss, but I'm afraid it'll explode all over the tank, haha. The moss balls grow, but they stay in a spherical shape so that'll be easier to manage. I haven't decided on fish. I wanted to have some angelfish, but I'm afraid the tank may be a bit on the small side. The tank is still finishing up it's cycling so I guess I have time to decide.
Yeah, I'm unsure about plants as well. I've tried to put some swords in there.. I honestly don't know anything about plants, and my lfs is limited as well.
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:44 AM   #7
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micro sword...or baby tears would look good..
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:08 AM   #8
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micro sword...or baby tears would look good..
Those are quite difficult to grow... Dwarf sag is an easy-to-grow grass-like plant. It will stay short if it gets enough light.

I would also add some crypt wendtii red, crypt wendtii bronze.

I agree on the java moss... It's extremely easy to remove what you don't want once it's anchored, and super slow growing. If you attached moss to where the 'leaves' are on the bonzai tree it would look much more natural.. Willow or flame moss might look more like a real bonzai tree and are just as easy to grow.

Grab that bamboo, and raise it out of the water. Totally submerged, it will rot.
Keep the top tip of the main stem out of the water, and it will turn into this-

(Thats an old pic- I had to move it outside to an outdoor tub pond I made... It was growing up against my ceiling.

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Old 05-14-2011, 11:19 PM   #9
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Thank you, redchigh for the suggestions! I'm working on finding a new home for my bamboo I guess, although it has been growing steadily. I like they way it looks, I wish there was a good looking fake version of lucky bamboo.

I went to a local aquarium supply place but they said they were low on plants at the time. I was able to grab some crypt wendtii, but only the green and sunset colors. I grabbed some though, and another kind of crypt that looks like a grass. I rearranged things a bit and it's starting to look like a jungle. I also found some nerite snails. :)

I love the idea for moss on the bonsai tree. The leaves even pop off So I could probably just replace them with moss. Do you have any guess on how much moss it might tank to do that? I can only find it online, and with shipping, I'd like to get a sufficient amount so I don't have to pay for shipping more than once.
I still want my mosimo balls, then I think I may be done. At least for now.

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Old 05-15-2011, 12:49 PM   #10
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That would entirely depend on how long you want to wait. It grows slowly, but steadily..

If you bought what most online stores call a 'portion', then it would likely grow in in a month or two... and a month later you'd have to start trimming to keep the shape, just like a real bonsai.

Oooh, you got Crypt Wendtii sunset? I wish I could find those around here :/
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