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post #1 of 4 Old 12-20-2011, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hey just wondering what you guys think of my new set up in my aquarium.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-20-2011, 04:43 PM
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I think the plants look great, but maybe move some of them away from the middle and towards the background? The front/center of your tank looks really crowded to me.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-21-2011, 06:40 PM
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Agree. The stem plant across the front is Wisteria, or Hygrophila difformis. It will quickly grow to the surface and continue along the surface if not trimmed, and it makes an ideal plant along the back and sides of a tank.

To trim, you pull up the existing stem and cut off the top part (leave several leaf nodes) and stick it (the top) back in the substrate. The bottom part can be thrown away, but if it is still decent (lower leaves often die off) it might sprout two stems from the node where it is cut.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-30-2011, 12:58 AM
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I agree, the center of the tank looks crowded. I'm not sure what plants you have, but try to arrange the plants from background to forground. The taller plants go in the back and the shorter plants in front. This gives the tank some depth and provides nice areas for the fish to hide, along with giving them plenty of room to swim.

Advice for anyone new to the hobby: Do your research!! Before you do anything to your aquarium, take some time to research it. It has made a huge difference for me

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