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JimBinSC 05-30-2012 02:08 PM

29 gal tank reset.
 
If you are interested, this thread are pictures of the tank as it is now: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-needed-96960/

I want to reset my 29 gallon tank. My plan is to turn the clown loach over to the LFS (and hopefully get a store credit), replace the substrate with sand, remove the UG filter, and remove one of the big swords, 29 gal is too small for the plants.
I have two big pieces of mopani driftwood (Medium by Thatpetplace standards, but bigger than I expected). I would like suggestions on smallish plants that require low light, as well as some aquascaping ideas. I would like to fit the driftwood in the tank. Fish stocking ideas would be welcome as well.
I have 3 neon tetras, 1 clown loach, 2 otos, 5 or so platys (they keep multiplying). Plants are 2 swords and 1 apogenaton that I think is suffering from the sword takeover.
I have soft water, I don't remember the exact number, and a pH of 7 from the tap, and ph of 6 in the tank.
Thanks so much.
Jim

Byron 05-30-2012 07:34 PM

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In soft slightly acidic water you could have any of the crypts (a few species are in our profiles); the pygmy chain sword for a lighter green contrast, and it spreads quickly; Anubias and Java Fern; Java Moss on the wood. And of course floating plants always.:-) The attached photo of my present 29g with some of these will illustrate.

Aponogeton is not always an easy plant, it needs a vegetative rest period for one thing.

Byron.

JimBinSC 05-31-2012 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1101001)
In soft slightly acidic water you could have any of the crypts (a few species are in our profiles); the pygmy chain sword for a lighter green contrast, and it spreads quickly; Anubias and Java Fern; Java Moss on the wood. And of course floating plants always.:-) The attached photo of my present 29g with some of these will illustrate.

Aponogeton is not always an easy plant, it needs a vegetative rest period for one thing.

Byron.

Good deal! I will look into those plants. Are there any good places to buy plants online? I looked at liveaquaria.com and www.aquariumplants.com. Any others recommended?
How many of these plants would be best for the tank?
Thanks

Byron 05-31-2012 03:27 PM

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Originally Posted by JimBinSC (Post 1101626)
Good deal! I will look into those plants. Are there any good places to buy plants online? I looked at liveaquaria.com and www.aquariumplants.com. Any others recommended?
How many of these plants would be best for the tank?
Thanks

I've never bought plants online (being in Canada the border issue is difficult) so I'll leave that question for those who have. As to numbers, the pygmy chain sword will spread fairly rapidly once established, so a couple plants will be sufficient. Crypts, depending which species you might pick, depends upon how they come; if potted, there will usually be more than one actual plant, I had i believe 4 or 5 plants in one potted C. undulata; I moved these into my present 90g in April 2011, and today I have about 24 plants due to the spread. So I would get one of which ever crypt(s) you like. This one (Cryptocoryne undulata) is quite hardy, it did not even melt when I moved it, and its dark green upperside/reddish underside is lovely; Cryptocoryne wendtii "red" also in our profiles is a nice contrasting plant with its red/brown leaves. Floaters, Water Sprite is the best, one will do, it also spreads very rapidly by daughter plants on the leaves once established.

Byron.


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