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post #16 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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post #17 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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should I be adding Co2?
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post #18 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-03-2011, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Could I possibly add some dwarf hairgrass??
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or maybe java moss?
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Any suggestions on fish?
at this point your options are pretty open, look through fish profiles and decide which ones you like and will fit your tank. with the size of your tank a community tank with small fish would work.

You could get a couple angel fish a school of tetras and a small school of cory cats. You could do live bearers like guppies.
You could do dwarf cichlids, tetras cory cats. A small pleco could work (like bristle nose pleco) lots of choices....

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should I be adding Co2?
although im not an expert im gonna guess you have low to medium light, CO2 becomes a big requirement with high light. You can try to run it without CO2 and see how things go, just dont expect spectacular growth.

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Could I possibly add some dwarf hairgrass??
You can try dwarf hairgrass but im not sure how well it will do. my feeling is there are so many variables that can effect how plants do, if there is a plant you like get one, try it if it dies hoepfully you only lost a few dollars. if it works, great get more.

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or maybe java moss?
java moss would grow, you could tie it to you stump and have it grow over the fake plants on the stump.
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I'd take that non aquatic plant out and put it in a pot. It's just going to turn into sludge and pollute your water. It's a nice plant in a pot though
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post #22 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-05-2011, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Just an update, I have had my tank set up now for 5 days. The tank has cleared up nicely. I leave the light on over 12 hours a day. I have seen little to no plant growth, and absolutely no algae whatsoever.
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Could I possibly add some dwarf hairgrass??
No you don't have enough light for it but could get Sagittaria subulata. Things might grow more if you dose with Seachem Excel or Cidex (@ 3.4%). Cidex is $15 on Ebay with free shipment. To mix up 100 ml of Excel strength, use 44 ml of Cidex (@ 3.4%) and add 56 ml of water. That will give you 100 ml of Excel strength (1.5% concentration) Glut.1 teaspoon = 5 ml and 1Tbs=15 ml
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I think some tiger barbs or cory's would look good. The cory's will school and swim up and down.

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post #24 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Anything I should be doing for the tank? Water is nice and clear and light is on 12 hrs a day
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Looking good. Just wanted to re-confirm what others have said regarding the Dracaena. It is not a true aquatic but you can keep it in tanks as long as the "bamboo" part is the only part submerged. The leaf shoots will rot if they are submerged.

I've kept Dracaena in several betta tanks with only the stalk submerged for several years and the are flourishing, even got to propagate it. They don't do better than they would in a pot (have several of those as well) but they don't do worse either.
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I'm gonna be honest.

I don't like it at all. The tank needs a nice piece of driftwood and lots more plants. Anubius, crypts, moss etc.

This just looks like you tossed in a few plants. And the center piece is just ugly.

Again this my opinion.
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I'm gonna be honest.

I don't like it at all. The tank needs a nice piece of driftwood and lots more plants. Anubius, crypts, moss etc.

This just looks like you tossed in a few plants. And the center piece is just ugly.

Again this my opinion.
Well I did just throw a few plants in, I am on a budget. I will slowly add plants
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post #28 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-11-2011, 02:32 AM
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Hey - It's looking good. And, everyone has different tastes in terms of aesthetics. Don't let anyone make you second guess your game plan.

BTW - you can get stems like Wisteria and Moneywort pretty cheap at most PetSmart stores. They are like 6-8 stems for $2.99. Those don't require anything extra in terms of light, CO2 or ferts. You can just plant the individual stems where you want them and they root REALLY easily.
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post #29 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-11-2011, 03:50 AM
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Try this

Go for a floating plant setup. use a mesh grid (similar to DIY betta tank divider) and use it to keep Daecena? stem submerged. how about a water hyacinth or red tiger lily in the background and move your current setup forward a bit?

If you go liquid dosing route with sandy substrate, you'll probably need to invest in a pwrhead/circulating pump
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post #30 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-22-2011, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Ok guys, just an update, I rearranged my tank. Got a nice big piece of driftwood and took out that [censored][censored][censored][censored]ty looking center piece I had before. Will post pics tomorrow. Waiting for water to clear up, it is a little cloudy since I just rearranged
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