Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Hot Springs Ar. 71901
This is really nice. I just started reading it Wed. night and just read the first and last page. Noticed you had DHG on the
first page and knew you'd have issues/w it, but came in after-the-facts so...noticeable high lights preferred. Have one
piece of native type in my ten G/w two bulb T5(yea actually on a ten and without injected Co2 but then I'm the wacco
who cultivates hair and green spot algae) and it's doing poorly even with the T5's. But then where I collected it, there was
only about 6" of water and in the open so as to get plenty of daylight(though directly behind a Dam so perhaps a 3P.M.
time frame for a cut off of direct sunlight).
You asked for suggestions and I may have one just for you and that 20" high tank(after substrate). Since you have the whole
winter to experiment, I would plant each stalk separately in the front as they will send off a shoot from the bottom given
they have light coming from the sides. The main shoot could then be cut off and the new one take it's place giving the whole
plant growth in this tank/w your light level. Then you could remove most of them and place one or two stems in farther back
aria's as individual "bushes" to accent/w. I wouldn't expect any great amount of color other than a small red tint to the tops
of them in your light but they would give a small amount of color other than green. They are supposed to only get "up to"
14" which is why I thought they might be just right for your tall tank.
Rotala Magenta (Rotala macranda)
I have a LFS that is a mom & pop type which will order things if available for me and that means no shipping but
Dr.'s F&S has it also in case you need a place to see a picture of it. Not a drastic "RED" like shouting in a bullhorn
but a subtle red to accentuate your tank a bit...just a thought...