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Old 12-03-2011, 11:52 PM   #11
 
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I like aquariumplants.com, good selection, good prices, good shipping. I'm sure there are others, but I've been happy with them so I haven't gone anywhere else.

The anubius doesn't have to be on the wood, but it definitely does better with the rhizome above the substrate. It will eventually send roots from the rhizome and achor itself, sometimes it is just difficult to keep it in place until it send out roots. Maybe tie it to a small stone to keep it in place if it wants to move. My experience is that having the rhizome buried doesn't kill it outright, but I thought I would mention it because it apparently is a possibility. Having said that, I have a Anubias barteri with the rhizome exposed next to a Anubias hastifolia with the rhizome buried and the barteri is growing great while the hastifolia is not. It hasn't died, but no new growth at all. I plan to pull it out of the substrate at some point and see if it improves.

Yes about the algae, there will always be some and it is not feasible to eliminate it 100%, but T5 HO is a lot of light. Your tank looks fairly tall so it can use a bit more light than a shorter tank, but having that much will require more attention. Dial back another hour or even two on the photoperiod if it looks like its gettting out of control.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:04 AM   #12
 
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Forgot to metion: I have dwarf sag, it is only few inches high and spreading nicely, but I have less light than you have. I seem to remember reading somewhere that it may grow much higher with more light, so the pygmy chain may be the better choice for the foreground.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:13 AM   #13
 
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My understanding of dwarf sag is the closer you plant it together the taller it will get. If you separate it then it stays small. When it so close together it has to fight for light and grows taller is my understanding. You can look in the profiles there is one for dwarf sag.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:21 AM   #14
 
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Looking good. For mid/background maybe a few large swords and some green cabomba. For foreground maybe some baby tears and dwarf hairgrass?

I bought my last two plant purchases from Mikeswetpets. Great quality plants, super quick shipping and the prices are reasonable. He's on ebay and aquabid.

Good luck.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:42 AM   #15
 
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My favorite places online are mikeswetpets on aquabid, sweetaquatics.com, aquariumplants.com and the classified section on the planted tank forum.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:25 PM   #16
 
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Yes about the algae, there will always be some and it is not feasible to eliminate it 100%, but T5 HO is a lot of light. Your tank looks fairly tall so it can use a bit more light than a shorter tank, but having that much will require more attention. Dial back another hour or even two on the photoperiod if it looks like its gettting out of control.
So you think the T5 HO is a bit too much light for a 45g tall? I was originally just going to get the T5 set up, but the so-called knowledgable pet store employee recommended that I go with the HO because of how tall my 45 gallon is. Plus the darn thing was twice as much.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:12 AM   #17
 
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I had T5HO (2x24 watt) and algae was always an issue, different types at different times. I've since gone to T8 ( 2 15 watt tubes, but they are on seperate circuits and one is only on a few hours a day, I think it would manage with only one) and things are much better. Plants are growing great with minimal algae - still get some so I'm still fine tuning the photoperiods. Fish are more settled as well.

Edit: My tank is a 20 gal tall, you have a bit less watts per gallon than what I had with the T5HO, but it will still require more effort to keep algae at bay with that much light

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Old 12-08-2011, 09:35 AM   #18
 
plantedaquariumcentral.com has a great selection. I should be getting my plants from them today, but I have only heard great things bout them.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:47 PM   #19
 
Any idea on some good community fish to go along with the 3 platies? I was thinking of getting 6 or 7 neons, but maybe I should stick with a fish that's not so fragile. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:49 PM   #20
 
Thanks for the suggestions on places to buy aquarium plants. I think I'm going to buy a baby tear or dwarf hairgrass from Mikeswetpets.
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