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Molinious 03-01-2012 05:26 PM

Best array of plants
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Im planning a new project, currently in the design and getting quotes phase. It is for just over 1000ltr aquarium.

As you can see from the rough diagram it is to have 2 ledges but the parts that will be shaded will possibly get some form of lighting.

Now with all the people here with a great knowledge of plants i would like to know what would be reccomended to have in it?

Its going to be all natural as that is my preference and i shall not be putting in any co2 systems. Opinions and reccomendations are extremely welcome. Thganks

redchigh 03-01-2012 05:29 PM

To be honest, I'm not sure why you're building the ledges... If you can tell me, then maybe I can help list some plants that match your vision and goals.

Molinious 03-01-2012 05:33 PM

The ledges are just for different levels to be honest, something completely different, add extra interest to the inhabitants also have rock formations at the back of eachbut with a gap at the top of each 1 for lighting. I dont know if that makes sense, its just for something unique! Plants really aren't my strong point

Byron 03-01-2012 06:29 PM

Is the space under each ledge solid, or is it open and where you want plants (under the overhanging ledge).

redchigh 03-01-2012 06:41 PM

Ah, ok. I was just wondering because it seems much easier to just have plants of varying heights...

For something interesting, look into the 'Dry Start Method', and cover the shelves with hairgrass (easier) or HC (harder, but possible without CO2 if you 'Dry Start')... That way you can have an Iwagumi look kind of..Of course, it would look MUCH better if you could, somehow, make the shelves irregular...
maybe like this? - Untitled.jpg if you can get it... What kind of fish are you planning?

Molinious 03-02-2012 08:54 AM

Fish wise i was going to move the ones i have currently and increase the numbers, i have congo tetras, neon tetras, cherry barbs, rosy tetras, yoyo botia, crs, and bettas. Using the dry method could be great as i could do each level at a time, let it flourish and move up to the next 1. The shelves will be solid and there will be a source of light for each. As said before im going for a completely unique look!

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