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spike0544 11-11-2010 06:44 PM

Plant Help
I currently have three large sword plants and some pygmy chain sword plants in the foreground. Everything is coming along nicely, but it looks a little thin. What plants would give me that heavily planted look? My tank is 55 gallon with a 40w 6700k daylight. I am using Flourish Comprehensive twice a week. If it helps, I really like the look of Byron's tanks.

zof 11-11-2010 06:51 PM

Pictures!!!!! Might help to see what we are recommending for, oh and we all like the looks of byrons tanks, thats a given.

spike0544 11-11-2010 07:00 PM

my wife has the camera I will try to get some as soon as she gets home

spike0544 11-11-2010 07:32 PM

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spike0544 11-11-2010 07:36 PM

sorry pictures kind of suck, but i hope you can get the idea

ghostgirl 11-13-2010 10:44 AM

I love the way your tank looks now!

Byron 11-13-2010 07:16 PM

Yes, I would just sit tight. Do you know how large those Echinodorus plants will probably grow? The E. bleherae in my 115g is up to the surface. While they often regularly sprout new leaves, they go through growth spurts, usually once or twice a year I find. And you may have inflorescences too, with daughter plants.

Thaks for your comments on my tanks; to return the compliment, but certainly being sincere in doing so, your aquascape is looking very nice. The pygmy chain sword, once it gets going, will cover the substrate within a couple months.


zof 11-13-2010 07:36 PM

Your not doing to bad now, I would maybe add some Anubias which will grow on the rocks you have in there, and maybe some small crypts to act as a ground cover, both of these plants should add a darker green to help break up all your currently bright green plants.

redchigh 11-13-2010 08:35 PM

I'd go with some hygrophila difformis- they really spread out..

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