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I painstakingly planted the Micro Swords in mini strands - I planted the Rotala Indica & Magenta each together because that's how I've seen them. I was supposed to get Dwarf Baby Tears and instead received just Baby Tears or Pearl Grass (Hemianths Micranthemoides instead of Callitrichoides) and planted that upright and planted a few strands horizontally in the middle foreground to see if it would spread.

I trimmed the roots of the Rotala Indica - so it looks short because I trimmed a little too much. My one sword looks as if it may outgrow the tank soon. I boiled the new driftwood for three plus hours and soaked it for a few more days then added it on planting night.

I severely trimmed the floating Water Sprite to see if it would grow healthy instead of half brown.

10g tank, sponge filter, light- T8 6700K 10 hrs per day, API Leaf Zone twice a week (starting this week), root tabs near the Swords - will add more root tabs for the new plants. One Betta, a few Ramshorn snails, 4 or 5 Otocinclus in 2 or 3 weeks. Maybe some Ghost Shrimp.

Right now it looks sloppy and unbalanced but I had such a hard time planting everything that I'm just going to leave it for now and see how it develops. If I need to I can add more plants later.

I'm hoping to use clippings from the Rotalas and spread them around and I'm also hoping the other Swords grow enough to conceal the filter and heater.

Let me know what you think.
 

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You know what I think? I think you forgot to post the pics. Hurry and do so as it sounds really nice the way in which you planted it!
 

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Yes pictures would be nice. LOL And yes you can always add more plants later. thats the great thing about tanks you can always add or remove as you want.
 

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You know what I think? I think you forgot to post the pics. Hurry and do so as it sounds really nice the way in which you planted it!
Forum wouldn't accept the smallest size from my camera - it was still too big and I couldn't figure out how to re-size them in the time I had. Let me try again.
 

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Oh I like it alot! I love that piece of driftwood. It will fill in nicely for you.
 

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Looking very nice. One thing though. With your swords, pull them up a bit out of the gravel. You don't want the part where all the leaves meet at the bottom to be buried in the gravel. It can eventually rot that way. Just reach in and give the swords a gentle pull upward so that only the roots are buried. Otherwise, you did a beautiful job. you're going to love how it looks in a few short months!
 

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Agree, in a very short time it will fill in nicely. Lucky betta to have such a nice place to call home! :)
 

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Thanks. He was a "rescue" from a vase with a few rocks and a plant on top I got from a wedding. He's happy, curious, feisty and he'd eat like a drunken Viking if I let him. Plants and driftwood pretty much helped him survive.
 

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Thanks. He was a "rescue" from a vase with a few rocks and a plant on top I got from a wedding. He's happy, curious, feisty and he'd eat like a drunken Viking if I let him. Plants and driftwood pretty much helped him survive.
LOL on the drunken Viking remark :)

Nice job on the plants. Can't wait to do my 75 gallon (i'm still in research phase).
 

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Looks fantastic, I just love live plants in an aquarium. Looks like a happy place for fish to live. :) Great job!
 

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wow nice tank. try some seachem flourish ;)
 

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That's looking good, well done. I do have one suggestion on the placing of the wood, if I may be permitted? Shift it a bit to the right and turn it so the larger end is more at the back and the smaller end toward the front, and on an angle; hope that makes sense. It will add a great deal of depth to the visual space. The tall swords behind the large end will grow up over it.

Byron.
 

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Nice tank and plants! One thing though. It's usually a good idea to plant stem plants a bit more spread out and to cut off the rotting bottoms.
 

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I appreciate all the compliments and suggestions. I don't know how much I can shift the wood and not destroy everything but maybe I'll give it a shot this weekend. I didn't really like the placement but I had a lot of planting to do so I left it for the time being.

As far as the stem plants goes - did you see rotting bottoms in the pics? I didn't notice any but I'm new to this so I may have missed it. What do you mean a bit more spread out? The Rotalas and the HM moved more forward away from the Swords? Or the individual plants separated into individual stems to be planted separately?

I had a hard time with these plants and they were pricey from my LFS, so I want them to survive - so I'm willing to re-plant if I have to.

The Rotala Magenta is sprouting new growth that's all bright green unfortunately. But I'll worry about color after I get them established and healthy. The Rotala Indica and the HC don't seem to be growing anything yet. I did follow someone's advice on this thread and pull my Swords up out of the gravel a bit more so only the roots were buried.

Maybe that will help the smaller swords compete with the monster in the middle. Aside from root tabs for the new plants and Seachem Flourish instead of API Leaf Zone I don't know what else I can really do except see what develops.
 

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Nice planted tank. and great pictures thanks for posting them. It is always nice to see how others decorate their tanks.Your betta looks very happy in that nicely planted tank.
 

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My Betta is so happy he taught himself how to jump if I don't feed him fast enough. Pretty shocking discovery. I knew they were jumpers but he never showed the tendency until recently. I'm half hoping the ghost shrimp survive when i get them and I'm half hoping he'll hunt. He's definitely got some hunter in him.
 

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wow mine don't jump i guess they are lazy lol
 

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LOL I understand about not being sure if you want them to last or for him to hunt. They are great little shrimp and alot of fun to watch but it is neat watching your fish hunt like they would in the wild.
 

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The rotala magenta needs fairly high light, ferts, and CO2 to be red unfortunately.

My R. Wallichii is growing green, and so is my Cabomba Furcata. (Actually the cabomba might have died... I placed it next to my cabomba carolina, so I have no idea.)
 
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