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I'm moving in a week, and thought I'd give the tank a little overhaul at the same time. I'm relatively new to planted tanks: I can grow 'em, but I can't quite aquascape. I really like the red melon sword in the front left, the marimo ball, and the java moss. Clearly, whatever plant it is in the back is unruly. I see so many pictures of beautifully aquascaped tanks.

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http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-7/781476/Sword.JPG
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PLEASE give me advice!!

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Thanks. I don't have a tripod for the camera right now. Also, the lighting on the tank is about 75 watts. I have 2 DIY CO2 inputs. When I took pictures without the flash, the lighting in the aquarium bleached out all of the tops of the plants. I'll try to take some new pictures this weekend. What type of foreground would you suggest? I was thinking that if I got a foreground plant that was nice and bushy, then maybe grassy plants in the back would look nice. How many background types of plants are good? One, two? Should I clump them more? I just moved some of the taller plants in the back left, which is why they seem a little irritated. They are actually quite healthy, and grow very quickly. The Bacopa (money wort is what I bought it as) grows well too, but seems more prone to getting some green algea on its leaves. Thanks again for all your input.

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Thanks for the information. The bacopa's growth shows smaller leaves where a stem must have been broken when I bought it, and a new, smaller stem has grown out of it. The lights are 55watts from a compact flourescent and 20 watts from a regular tank bulb. I'll look around the site to get a better idea of what to do, and maybe post pictures of the tank a while after I move so you get an idea of how things really grow. Is the E. xbarthii the melon sword? I have had it for close to 6 months, and it has been growing wonderfully. Ocassionally I will trim some leaves off so that others can get better light. I have a better piece of driftwood I could use, how do I transfer the Java fern from one piece to the other without damaging it?

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I do have CO2, and I use liquid fertilizers. I am not sure what I'm not doing right. Please help. I will update with pictures the next time I can convince my boyfriend to let me borrow the camera. I have moved, and re-organized the tank, and added a nice new piece of driftwood. I also got rid of a bunch of the background plants. I have a 2 Liter DIY CO2 and also a nutrafin co2 thing that hangs on the back of the tank and has a little ladder in the tank for the bubbles to go on. What could the problem be? Are there other fertalizers that I should be adding? With the sword, I have cut off a few leaves every so often to keep it smaller, but I don't think if I hadn't that it would be too big for my tank. Any more advice would help, and I'll try to get more photos up asap.

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- Andrea
 
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