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I have been working with my first planted tank .. Has been running for a couple months now. I planted very heavily to start. The plants are mostly fast growing stem plants.
Am thinking I may want to upgrade some of the plants, and was lookng for some sujestions as to what I should go for, and why??
I am going try to post a pick in the Album section if anyone would like to take a look, tried to do it hear..but said I had reached my upload quota?
the tank is 50 gl, co2 with controller, 2 x 65 PC lighting, Magnum caanister filter. thanks!!
 

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Hi,

I've increased your upload quota. You should be fine now. You can also post it in the Album, right click the image, click properties, copy the image URL and post it here.

As for plant suggestions, we need to know more about what you are going for in terms of looks.
 

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Hi Art ... As for what I am looking for looks wise, Well being pretty new at this, I am kind of just feeling my way here :) I do like the finer leafed, think growth plants (if that would give you some idea?) Also thinking maybe some plants that didn't grow quite as fast as the stem plants I am using now .. Is quite a bit of trimming and replanting to keep it looking good. Also have been looking at some of the red plants you guys have, like the look...but not sure I am running enough light?
Will try and post the picture here again (thanks for the quota upgrade)
 

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OakRaid,

First, congratulations! You planted heavily in the beginning and that is one of the most important things to do.

Second, as for plants, I would recommend the following to you:

1. Cryptocorynes, particularly the wendtiis. You can purchase them a bronze/rust color that I think would contrast well in your tank. In a 50g, I would likely use them in the middle to background. With your setup, they are likely to have leaves pointing upwards so take that into account.

2. Take a look at Rotala indica (rotundifolia) or Ludwigia repens. Although they are not slow growers, I think they would go well in your tank.

3. Heteranthera zosterifolia would also be a good upgrade for you. This one needs light so plant it directly under your lights. It will form a very beautiful, green bush for you. Also is a relatively slow grower.

4. Use anubias to fill in holes. Certainly slow growers but a nice contrast in color and leaf shape.

5. Lastly, and perhaps the most exotic, I would suggest Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata ("Cuba"). It is a slow grower, but many is it pretty! Hard to find though.

Well, I hope that gives you a start. Let me know if you have more questions. Good luck!
 
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