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Hi All,
My name is Jake Adams, I am a full time marine aquarium hobbyist. I started keeping planted aquariums back in 95 when there were only 2 dozen plants available and a whole lot of pretty nature aquarium books but not much else. I have a mostly reefing background, I give talks to reef clubs and write articles for print and online reef publications. Within the past year I have been revisiting my aquatic gardening roots and dabbling in plant tanks more and more. Currently I maintain a 180 gallon, 60"x24"x30"H South American themed planted tank. The layout started out very ducth but I am trying to blend it a little more towards the japanese style and eventually more Tonina style.

Here is a video of the tank as of a couple days ago.

 

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The plant in the back is not "wisteria", it is Ceratopteris richardii. A weird sibling species which was brought to me from a botanical grad student who claimed his research lab collected it in the Amazon and grew it from tissue cultures. It is a very weird plant with leaves that can do a dozen different things depending on even the slightest micro environments. Its kind of annoying because the leaves last about 1 week so there is a very high turnover of this plant. I try to keep it down to 2-3 leaves because even one frond casts a big shadow on everything below it. A closer look.

 

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this would be an interesting plant to study in terms as an environment indicator,

it's nice to see someone else from my neck of the woods on this site :)
The funny thing is that C. richardii is used for exactly that, albeit more in the realm of genetic expression. See this paper.

I dont know if you've ever been to Aquamart in Lakewood but that is where this tank is at. We have also begun a sign up sheet to start a freshwater plant club in the central Colorado area, so check it out.
 
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