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post #11 of 29 Old 04-05-2010, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Good deal, that's what I wanted to hear... Next stop, PLANTS !!
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post #12 of 29 Old 04-07-2010, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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OK now I have put some plants in, and things are starting to look promising...


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I am totally new to plants, so if you see something wrong please point it out !!! I don't know what happened to the left side picture, came out real blurry. I will add more pictures as things settle down some.
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post #13 of 29 Old 04-07-2010, 07:18 PM
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The plant directly in front of the wood looks like Java Fern. This should not be planted in the substrate, but simply attached to a side of the wood and it will develop roots clinging to the wood. Planted in the substrate it can rot.

I usually try to find a splinter on the wood and stick a bit of the root rhizome under it, or if that isn't possible a piece of black cotton thread will tie it on until it roots (takes a few weeks). The thread can be left, it decomposes naturally, or taken off after the plant has firmly attached itself.

That is going to look nice when those plants fill in as they will, and against that nice background.

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Thank you for the information, I have moved the Java Fern out of the substrate and attached it to the driftwood. I cant wait till it all grows in, going to order a few plants to fill in some bare spots. Any good suggestions on easy and nice looking plants that would look good in there ?
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post #15 of 29 Old 04-08-2010, 01:20 PM
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Echinodorus tenellus, the pygmy chain sword, would be a nice groundcover. Check out this plant in our Fish Profiles section.

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post #16 of 29 Old 04-08-2010, 10:03 PM
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It does looks sharp. can't wait to set it with the plants.
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post #17 of 29 Old 04-08-2010, 10:05 PM
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I appologise i missed the second page of the thread. it looks good witht he plants.
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post #18 of 29 Old 04-09-2010, 11:40 AM
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Looking really nice there! The driftwood was an excellent find!

I love Amazon Swords for the back and they grow daughter plants that can be replanted in the future. Also, narrowleaf chain sword as Byron mentioned grows like CRAZY and provides a nice ground cover for the front of the tank. If you order from Sweet Aquatics, only order ONE! It will come with 2-3 plants that you can split. They will grow lots of runners in just a few weeks and fill the whole front of your tank nicely. I also think some anubias (I like anubias nana) would look quite stunning on that piece of driftwood. It gets attached just as Byron stated with the Java Fern.
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post #19 of 29 Old 04-09-2010, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the comments !
I am looking into all the plant suggestions now, I'm sure I will be getting some more to fill in. Does anyone have banana plants, I just think they look really neat ?!
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I got 3 banana plants from Sweet Aquatics. They are really neat and the leaves that grow out of them get a really nice size. They aactually look like small lily pads. The leaves grow as tall as the tank eventually, so you'll have to put them at the back of the tank or maybe the sides. Mine grew about 7 inches in 6 weeks and will reach the surface within the next couple months for sure. You could put them in an open area in the back so you can still view the "bananas" though, or just put them anywhere. I just love the look of the leaves which was a pleasant surprise because I originally liked the "banana" part and didn't even know the leaves grew so nicely. Roots actually grow out of the "bananas" (which are actually tubes) and bury into the substrate.

Wow, I guess I really do like this plant...lol. Any others you're considering?
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