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Old 03-07-2006, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Healthy plants. Terrible aquascaping. Ideas needed!

Basically a 75 with Leopard Vals, C. Lucens, C. Wendtii "bronze", Nymphoides "Taiwan", H. Ceylon, Java lace fern, Rotala, and Giant Hygro.

I have 3wpg, press. C02, and flourite substrate.Any ideas would be appreciated!
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Beautiful plants

For me, it helps to first draw out a sketch of a favorite scene from your memory. If it is a mountain that you have seen, then find plants you think will resemble that mountain. Your goal here is not to copy exactly what your imagination is, but as an artistic representation. Another example would be, you like a particular river or stream. You can then create something similar using white sand or some other light colored sand.

Good luck and hope to see your work soon!

***My suggestion is based on the philosophy of Nature Aquarium, which Takashi Amano made famous world wide***

There are of course countless other ways and ideas. Mine is that of Nature Aquarium because that is what I enjoy the most in planted tanks.
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Plants look nice and healthy. As for the aquascaping, i think it is a little too sparse, create more of a theme, stick similar plants together and add a different plant in the mix to create a focal point. All and all, great start. Just my opinion.
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Thanks Allaboutplants! My friend recently planted his 55 and I pruned the heck out of my tank to get him started.

Since I still have a lot of fast growing stem plants, it shouldn't be thin too long. Local availability of plants is a problem, therefore I'd like to get some ideas before ordering them.(I'm partial to Crypts..).

Getting into this hobby just a couple years ago, and into plants just 7 months ago, I have really concentrated my efforts on learning about plants, C02, etc, and not 'scaping.

I'm not sure what you mean by "theme". Do you mean bio-tope? My fish are Xenentodon Cancila "Gars" (Asian needle fish) and Hujeta "Gar". They are nervous fish and like floating plants for cover. That's the reason for the tall Vals at the left (there's a wall to the right). They can be startled easily and the Vals help a lot.

Thanks again for the constructive criticism! Also, I like driftwood. Would a "stumpy" peice of driftwood help?
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Some hardscape (driftwood) would definately bring some things together. I think of the wood as a frame. Then you can plant around the frame. You can plant on the frame too. I would group those to bunches of crypts together if possible. I would definately have a look at the Aquabotanic shop....you can find some good crypts there. My other suggestion would be a foreground. Get some dwarf sag or some pygmy chanin sword. That would look really cool. You have some nice looking healthy plants in there. Definately a good start.
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Thanks. I was just looking at the C. Balasea for a background plant. AB sure does have some nice plants available!

I do have a chain sword in the tank L. Novae (sp) but it isn't doing so hot. Algea seems to attack that one particular plant. I've been chasing N03 (high one week, low the next) which probably explains that. My 3 wpg may not be enough either (110CF and 96 NOF).

Could I use short version of Crypt as a foreground plant? Also, can you reccomend a good online place to find driftwood?

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AB definately has a good selection of plants. If pygmy chain sword isnt doing to hot....try dwarf sag. The dwarf sag might do a little better. As far as dwarf crypt, you could go with Crypt. parva. It grows really SLOW.

For driftwood try:

http://www.exoticfinds.net/driftwood.html
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Thanks for the cool link. Wow, I sure wish I had room for one of those Pl*cos! The driftwood looks very nice too.

Does the C. Parva grow so slowly that I'll have trouble with algea growing on the leaves? I had that problem with an A. Barterii once. I've stayed away from slow growers since then.

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Hehehe I got some of those cool plecos

I have never personally had C. parva...but I have been told they do grow REALLY slow....so I would assume that they might have an algae problem. Hope you find some good driftwood.
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I've gone El Naturale. I've been that way since a kid I guess. I'll be 51 soon. Call me Mom. Just potted my favorite Amazon swordplant that might be dead in a plastic tall small pot with three inches of backyard sandy soil (must have something good in it because grass grows). Put Amazon in it and covered it with thin layer of natural colored gravel 1/2"? to keep sand in and the gravel did. Hope to get before and after pics. The plant was a beautiful monster mom at one point so can sent three pics some day. Luck with all kinds of plants other natural ways-gravel only on bottom and fish feces, potted planted and potting soil and backyard soil mix (maybe not good for fish-oops!-watchout!)-Guppies(PAULA)
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