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Old 04-18-2005, 09:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default First 30 gallon planted tank -- now, what?

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after seeing all the other fantastic planted tanks here, i almost didn't post my little non-organized tank. ... but here it is. It's a 30g tank. about 2 weeks old. I really didn't try to aquascape the tank since I was more concerned with making sure the plants adapt nicely in the new environment. after about another month, when the plants have settle and grown comfortably, i was thinking of moving a few plants here and there. I've seen lots of really great aquascape, but being new to this whole thing, i didn't know where to start. hoping for some help re-organizing/aquascaping this tank in about 4 weeks.

plants: sagitaria subulata, anubias barteri v barteri, java fern, java fern v winlove, hygrophila stricta, hygrophila dwarf, ammania gracillis, bacopa, crinum natans, anubias barteri v nana (not seen), anubias barteri v coffeefolia (not seen). CO2 diy, 84watts.




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Your tank does not look all that bad. The plant growth looks really good to me.
I would say the first thing you will want to do when you begin to scape is think of how you want it to look.
1. Do you want it to be more natural looking.
2. Do you want it to look more like the Dutch style.

Then I would find the best hardscape material (wood/rock) for what you invision your tank to look like. Postition these materials until you find the best look for you. Try to make these positions pleasing to the eye ( do not make it to where your eyes are fighting between looking at two objects). You want your eyes to flow from one to another. If you have trouble with this just post a picture of what you have and maybe some ideas on how to place them and we can all help.

Once you have the hardscape in place, position the plants in the tank with them going in their respective areas (background, middle, and foreground). Experiment with placings within the areas if you need to.

I would add some more color and/or textures to the tank. Maybe some red plants to help draw the eyes to the focal point.

Lastly, let the plants grow and fill in. Do not be changing things all the time unless you just cant stand it. Sometimes the scape will get better with age.

Oh yeah, and keep asking questions here. They are alot of help.
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Thanks Scott, Never really thought of hardscapes before. Will check our other tanks and see if i can get some ideas on this.

Will study more about red plants and see if they'll do well in my aquarium. By the way, my ammania gracillis is green; i read that they're supposed to be red. What nutrients do i lack?

Thanks again for your ideas and suggestions!
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Hey, looking good!
Don't worry, I'm in the same boat, just started my first
planted tank a week ago, just cant keep my hands out
of it, LOL moving things around! It takes a while until
you find the perfect spot for each plant.
For plants turning red, my uneducated guess would be
more CO2...

Keep us posted!
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You can check out the Plant Finder (highlighted in yellow on the navigation bar above) for the requirements of the A. gracilis and some of the other plants in your tank.

Keep in mind that your Ammannia (and maybe other plants) could have been grown emersed if you purchased them from a LFS that does not specialize in plants. It may take a while to get accustomed to submersed growth and you may experience some leaves dropping off or looking bad during this time.
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