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Old 11-15-2006, 06:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Biotope Plant Suggestions--East Meets West (sorry long post)

Lately I've been wanting to try my hand at a biotope aquarium, though I'm a bit daunted by getting the plants right. Also I can't decide what biotope to try.

So, I have a kind of crazy idea for my 20g. Right now it is divided in half with a betta on one side and a ram on the other. These fish actually come from very similar water types--at least as far as I can tell. Blackwater streams with a fair amount of plant matter to hide in, and not too much current.

I'm thinking an east meets west, two biotopes in one tank with a divider.

On the right side:
1 Male Betta
Rotala sp
small Hygro sp
Java fern? (I'm not sure on this one)
crypt parva (I think)
possibly hairgrass
Hardscape: rounded rocks, branchy bit of wood (small)

On the left side:
1 Male Ram
Bacopa australius
PROSERPINACA PALUSTRIS
Elatine triandra
I'd like another green plant that fits in this biotope, one that will work as a corner plant, without getting too big for the tank.
Hardscape: more rounded rocks, cave like bit of wood (fairly small)

In between there is a divider with two sheets of net that I've filled with Java Moss. I'm not sure if it would go in either biotope, but it should grow out to be a nice natural looking boundary.

Any thoughts? Once the moss grows out the two fish wont be able to see each other, so they should have less stress. Without any tank mates the tank wont be overstocked. I'll post pictures of the tank soon. I'm expecting a package of plants Thursday, some of which will go in the tank!
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