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Jdavis3458
05-28-2014, 10:12 AM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/28/a4epezud.jpg

Thoughts ideas opinions all welcome

Wanting to fill this baby up with plants


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rlswaney73
05-28-2014, 01:04 PM
Hi,
Depends on your goals and equipment. What type of lighting T5, T8, T12? how many bulbs? maker? depth of tank... distance from light source will determine the amount of PAR reaching the plants. Any plans for CO2 enrichment? low light typically doesn't require an addition fertilizer schedule but if you move into medium or high light then it would be needed.

if its a 55g then 1 T5 bulb 21 inches from the substrate is enough light for low light, a duel T5 fixture could put you over the PAR value need for low light and make CO2 enrichment required. Could look into Excel but CO2 injection is less costly in the long run but more costly in the beginning.

what kind of substrate have you chosen, is it inert or can it absorb nutrients? some like Aquasoil are preloaded with nutrients...

from what I can tell, looks like crypts, Vals, and some mosses so far... if they are Vals don't bother with Excel... it will kill them...

lots of questions and things to consider...

byork
05-28-2014, 04:23 PM
From the looks of it you already have quite a few. Those will likely fill it up pretty quickly.

Hilde
05-28-2014, 05:22 PM
Eleocharis acicularis, or Echinodorus tenellus, or Sagittaria subulata

Jdavis3458
05-28-2014, 05:28 PM
55g with a 36" odyssea quad t5 that I currently run only 2 bulbs 5 hrs a day zoo med 6500k bulbs

I am currently only using black diamond sand as an experiment as I have 2 tanks dirted with black sand caps and 2 tanks with different fluorite products between my fiancÚ and myself
I wanted to see if plain sand with frets could keep up with nutrient rich substrate that being said I'm strongly considering dirting this tank before replanting


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Jdavis3458
05-28-2014, 05:29 PM
I'm really just looking for suggestions on plants to enhance the scape or suggestions on placement


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kwseiders
05-28-2014, 09:44 PM
That sounds like pretty low light. No cO2 added? Then you might want to try myriophyllum, hygrophila, water sprite (which it looks like you already have) and limnophila. They'll grow tall and add height to the scape. You probably won't need ferts if you don't add cO2.

Jdavis3458
06-02-2014, 02:42 PM
I agree, I will start to run them longer how ever my current schedule fixed my alagee problems


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Hilde
06-02-2014, 05:17 PM
I agree, I will start to run them longer how ever my current schedule fixed my alagee problems

I think this light period 5hrs on/ 3hrs off/ 5hrs on and Co2 additive would prevent algae.

For Co2 you could use Metricide or Cidex. Not cidex odt. Seachem Excel has 1.5% Glut. A quart of Metricide is approx $25 on Ebay. At dealmed.com 1 gallon $18.20. shipping $9.99 Solution 1.5% * (container/ 2.6% ) = glut

Prasanna Kumara PK
06-05-2014, 11:51 AM
you got enough hardscape and space for an Amano style nature aquarium. Hygrophila corymbosa Angustifolia will be a nice addition to fill the space. you need some foreground plants and a mat. check Amano videos (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHYlOTQxEsxKsq7PxyNyilA) . More stem plants you have they will take up nutrients. and that will reduce your algae problem too. Wisteria sucks a lot of extra nutrients. ( I dont like it because its a very common plant and doesn't look good in my aquas-capes). your tetras ( and few more ) will look really nice on a heavily planted aquarium. They start schooling in a large-enough groups. Just my opinion . Then again it depends on your preferences. Looking at this tank , it seems like you are more in to more natural looking aquariums. For me , I hate tanks with blue pebbles, artificial garden ornaments and all the plastic stuff. :)

Jdavis3458
06-06-2014, 12:03 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/07/azu4y5ep.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/07/7ederajy.jpghttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/07/8yga8y4a.jpg


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Jdavis3458
06-06-2014, 02:05 PM
Here are the updates pictures after some trading and the addition of:
Water sprite
Wisteria
Cork screw val
Ludwigia not sure what type
Broad lead sag
Limnophilia aromatica


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hsd
06-06-2014, 05:36 PM
Just a matter of letting the plants grow and fill in. May want to consider a background of some sort, a black or blue background would help the plants and fish in the tank to stand out more visually. Also it helps to hide the cords and filters.

Sjonesej0
06-08-2014, 03:07 PM
I absolutely adore the cloud like texture this plant provides, it came in a bundle of plants from my LFS, but I can't seem to figure out what kind of plant it is.
Any help would be much appreciated. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/09/aru9utuj.jpg



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Jdavis3458
06-08-2014, 07:25 PM
Just a matter of letting the plants grow and fill in. May want to consider a background of some sort, a black or blue background would help the plants and fish in the tank to stand out more visually. Also it helps to hide the cords and filters.

I had already planed on a black backer just haven't got to it yet

Blue worked nicely on my 20Lhttp://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/09/a6ehuhum.jpg


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Prasanna Kumara PK
06-09-2014, 10:42 PM
@Sjonesej0 (http://www.atlantaaquarium.com/member.php?3404-Sjonesej0) Aponogeton ulvaceus is there .. one in the back does it look like Java fern ? or does it have three leaflets ? One in the left corner looks like Java fern.

Prasanna Kumara PK
06-09-2014, 10:45 PM
backgrounds are nice too. has anyone done a moss-wall ? that's my summer project

Prasanna Kumara PK
06-09-2014, 10:49 PM
Aponogeton ulvaceus has a resemblance to the marine algae Ulva. but a total different plant order.

Jdavis3458
06-10-2014, 12:14 PM
@Sjonesej0 (http://www.atlantaaquarium.com/member.php?3404-Sjonesej0) Aponogeton ulvaceus is there .. one in the back does it look like Java fern ? or does it have three leaflets ? One in the left corner looks like Java fern.

No ferns here you are probably looking at my crypt Parva I believe is what's called


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Sjonesej0
06-11-2014, 02:16 PM
@Sjonesej0 (http://www.atlantaaquarium.com/member.php?3404-Sjonesej0) Aponogeton ulvaceus is there .. one in the back does it look like Java fern ? or does it have three leaflets ? One in the left corner looks like Java fern.

It's amazon sword in the background.
I actually need to find the classifieds for this site (I'm using my mobile now). I have a clown loach I need to let go of. I found out after the purchase that he would get too big for my tank. :(


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