03-25-2009, 10:00 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Catonsville, MD
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| | Good foreground plants for SE Asian biotopes?
I have been putting together a biotope for my Pearl Gouramis and Harlequin Rasboras, and trying to limit myself to plants from the regions these fish habitate (Malaysia, Thailand, Sumatra, Borneo, etc.).
The challenge for me (being a bit of a noob) has been to find a suitable foreground plant. An obvious choice would be downoi (pogostemon helferi), which would be a beautfiul color and texture contrast to the other plants I have in the tank (crypt balansae, c. moehlmannii, c. pontederiifolia, c. affinis, java fern, java moss, hygrophila difformis, and cyperus helferi).
But the tank is a 75g with four 40W T-12 bulbs in an ultra-cheap shop light fixtures with lousy reflectors, so it's relatively low/medium light, and (for the moment, at least) I'm not doing CO2, just glutaraldehyde. So I have doubts the downoi would flourish. Plus, I can't keep it from melting in a nano I have with mineralized soil capped with Aquasoil and lots of light.