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Hi Bert!

I learned aquascaping really by the philosophy of Jen Jensen who landscaped the Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn (this was for a Senior Research Project study for the University of Michigan). His philosophy was that he would plant the trees and bushes he thought would make the Ford Estate look nice decades after the initial planting.

Of course, we are dealing with a different medium here (water as opposed to terristrial). But, for me at least, the same philosophy applies. I aquascape using the plants that I want knowing ahead of time that in order to get the effect that I wish to see will require time, heavy pruning, and careful maintenance with ferts, light, and so on. To me, there has never been a sense of plant Plant types A; replace Plant Types A with Types B; and finally, replace Plant Types B with desired plant Types C.

Careful monitoring of the aquarium and lots of practice/wisedom should allow one to avoid this "interchanging" of plant species. Also, having the foresight to know that the scape will not peak for a while after planting will help avoid frustration.

It is just my 2 cents.
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