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i'm curious about layering plants, (if that makes any sense at all)

to have java moss on the bottom, anubias (probably nana) growing up through it so the leaves are ontop, ... to have sword leaves sticking up through the anubias.

i have no idea about looks, just wondering what to do if i wanted to have plants through the aquarium like that.

things to provide lots of visual blocks if i had daphnia in the tank for live food to increase the life expectancy of the zooplankton (lots of places to hide)

idea is for a large shallow tank (4'x2'x18")

either i haven't come across any, or i'm looking in the wrong place, or such plants don't exist, ...

looking for large leafed, non-stem plants that would be edible for ... say a flagfish - swords are on the top of the list i have currently

but these plants, the individual leaf stems can get tall, that means they're not blocking any vision, meaning any daphnia in the tank could be easily spotted and picked off.

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it's like manipulating survival of the fittest to give the guys at the bottom of the food chain a better start

while unnatural to be like this, i am guessing it should provide lots of hiding places for the daphnia that flagfish won't be easily able to find & eat them

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does anyone have any input ?, different plants, same plants (preferably edible by the flagfish - call me strange)

good idea, bad idea ?, different layout ?

i'm open to ideas.
 

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i'm curious about layering plants, (if that makes any sense at all)

to have java moss on the bottom, anubias (probably nana) growing up through it so the leaves are ontop, ... to have sword leaves sticking up through the anubias.

i have no idea about looks, just wondering what to do if i wanted to have plants through the aquarium like that.

things to provide lots of visual blocks if i had daphnia in the tank for live food to increase the life expectancy of the zooplankton (lots of places to hide)

idea is for a large shallow tank (4'x2'x18")

either i haven't come across any, or i'm looking in the wrong place, or such plants don't exist, ...

looking for large leafed, non-stem plants that would be edible for ... say a flagfish - swords are on the top of the list i have currently

but these plants, the individual leaf stems can get tall, that means they're not blocking any vision, meaning any daphnia in the tank could be easily spotted and picked off.

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it's like manipulating survival of the fittest to give the guys at the bottom of the food chain a better start

while unnatural to be like this, i am guessing it should provide lots of hiding places for the daphnia that flagfish won't be easily able to find & eat them

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does anyone have any input ?, different plants, same plants (preferably edible by the flagfish - call me strange)

good idea, bad idea ?, different layout ?

i'm open to ideas.
Let me get this straight. You want to put one plant over another one? If so I'm pretty sure the bottom one will die since it wouldn't get any sunlight?
 

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if anubias as on the bottom it should survive, ...

you do bring up a good point, as moss lower down likely would never survive, ... damn.
 

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There are some ppl on here who have Java ferns and moss growing like you mentioned with the Anubias. It should work the same here but not sure about adding a sword to the mix.
 

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using sword instead of java fern

i would think enough light would get through the swords, but dono about that + the anubias to get anything lower down, that's a lot of leaves (thick leaves - anubia) to block light lower down :(
 
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