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Old 12-06-2004, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So.

I just so envy these lush aquascapes I see on the net, I gotta try one. I've done all kinds of aquariums except these and want an honest-to-gosh planted tank of my own.

BUT. I am totally clueless. I just ordered the 12g Nano on this website and have a little box of laterite. Can anyone recommend a book or website? I'm not much of a decorator and want to keep it simple with the plants and fish.

Where to start? O help. O gosh!

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So.

I just so envy these lush aquascapes I see on the net, I gotta try one. I've done all kinds of aquariums except these and want an honest-to-gosh planted tank of my own.

BUT. I am totally clueless. I just ordered the 12g Nano on this website and have a little box of laterite. Can anyone recommend a book or website? I'm not much of a decorator and want to keep it simple with the plants and fish.

Where to start? O help. O gosh!

Figs
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Old 12-06-2004, 12:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You'll be surprised at just how much you can do with a mere 12-gal nano! Both this forum and APC offers great expert and amatures alike advice as well as a section in each forum where you can look at members' tank pictures. From what I know, the nano Robert offers is a compete package, meaning you get everything you need to start 'scaping, even the plants if I didn't remember incorrectly. Lighting is also pretty adequate at 24W 6500K, I think. The only additional element I would add to the tank would be a DIY CO2 injection. It certainly won't hurt to try, if you are into nifty sci-fi experiments. The 'Library' offers many great reads as well. Once you got all these done, the rest if up to your own imagination. Let your creativity roam FREEEeeeeeeee(ok, I need to settle down a bit; nothing excites me as much as setting up a new tank;P)
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Think small. Laterite is good. I would get the Hagen Nutrifin C02 system. It's easy, cheap, and the perfect size for this tank.

How about this. A couple potted wendtii for the back, 4 or 5 pots of hairgrass for the front, couple bunches of stem plants: Rotala indica and Lysimachia for contrast. Put one potted cryp in each back corner, the bunch plants in the rear center, and the hairgrass in the front.
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Old 12-07-2004, 03:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Okay,

Is the Hagen Natural System on this site the same as the one you mention, the Hagen Nutrifin System"? [See how "green" I can be?]

I went to a site that sends you a plant set based on your watts and size!

Any recommendations for fish? And cleaner crews?

I'll spend my time reading up until the Cube comes!

Many Thanks! Nanofiggy
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Yes, I just do not know what to call it so people will recognize it. Different people call it different things. Its the Hagen Nutrifin Natural C02 system ladder.
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Old 12-07-2004, 05:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Robert,

While trying to learn something, I came across a thread on this site on which YOU were setting up a 12g nano. It was called "My New Project". It suddenly stopped being added to and I wonder how it ever came out? It looked interesting!

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Old 12-07-2004, 06:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Also,

Could anyone identify the plants in the November Kudos tank for me? It's a nano...

Figgy again
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Old 12-07-2004, 09:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Looks like:

Stems:
Rotala macrandra (left side, red plant)
Rotala willichi (right side, red plant)
Heteranthera zosterifolia (star grass, the bright green one that looks as its name suggests)
and I think is that Lysimachia nummularia?

Foreground/carpet:
Glossostigma elatinoides (little leaves and runners)
Riccia fluitans (at the very front)
Eleocharis sp. (hair grass)

Many of these plants are in the Plant Profiles section of this forum.
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Old 12-08-2004, 03:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Locus,

Thank you! I set that tank picture on my desktop for inspiration. [hope that's ok]. Still waiting for my plant books in the mail....

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