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post #16 of 77 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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some staurogyne repens between some rocks would look great. Also i'm not sure if you're going iwagumi or not but some red stem plants would be great contrast against those stones.
I look into the staurogyne. Iwagumi is certainly a love of mine, but I'm not strictly set on it. Do you have any particular suggestions for red stem plants? Also, I understand that "red" plants are really high-light plants, no? Thanks, Hecto!
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post #17 of 77 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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I'm so conflicted over plants...right now I'm leaning towards a dry start with marisela. Any suggestions for foreground? Maybe some moss? If I did moss, what's a good thread to learn start up?

In other news, the stand is nearly done. I'm debating whether to lay one final coat of spar urethane. I'll post pics as soon as I have the door on.
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Glosso is nice, marselia minuta is a deeper green so glosso being a more bright green color might make the rocks pop a bit more.
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Glosso is nice, marselia minuta is a deeper green so glosso being a more bright green color might make the rocks pop a bit more.
Hey puopg, do you have any experience with glosso in low-tech? i was shying away from it because of some of the things i was reading about it requiring high-light and CO2...
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a'ight peeps! here's scape option two. tear it up! (That is, give my your honest opinion on the matter.)
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post #21 of 77 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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no critics? pretty please?
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The stand has donned her door. The tank has tested her retention. Equipment has proven themselves...well, mostly. There was a Hydorkable that I bought on craigslist that doesn't work. The hydrostat seems to work fine. I guess that's not too big of a deal since undergravel heaters aren't very common, probably due to their questionable benefit.

Anyone need a hydor hydrostat?
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I like the first set-up better.
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I like the first set-up better.
Thank you for the input, aprildawn! Much appreciated.
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Just picked up the pool filter sand for a path/river...very close to being ready for plants.

...now if I could just decide which plants...

any suggestions for each area? (low-tech, non-CO2, low to medium light)
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First setup is way better. I don't like the second setup part where the 3 rocks on the left are all at the same angle right after each other. Also might think about more depth in the scape. For exampe, in the first set up take 2 of the rocks that are on the left and have them lay down shorter in the front.

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First setup is way better. I don't like the second setup part where the 3 rocks on the left are all at the same angle right after each other. Also might think about more depth in the scape. For exampe, in the first set up take 2 of the rocks that are on the left and have them lay down shorter in the front.
Sweet! thanks for the input. I'm going to experiment a little more when I get the stand and tank in place...
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I love love love the second hard scape! it has strength
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I love the red towels and the plants will love it too!
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Very nice potential on both setups. In my opinion (which doesn't mean a thing lol)

The first setup - you can build the back left corner up with a hill effect and have a nice hairgrass or sword mound to grow to the same hieght level as the rocks on the right side. If you refer to picture one you had a /\/\/\ effect with the stones. You could put some nice midground red stem plants in each slot in between the rocks. And HC in front for the foreground. The right side has many options with that scape. I'll leave that for your imagination.

The second design which I prefer based on the strength of the left stones angled. Reminds me of a particular aquascape that I'll PM you a photo of. I would put jungle vals in the back to cover intake and heater. Then other plants in front as mentioned above. For red plants, my favorite is Ludwigia Atlantis. To me it complements the green plants without sticking out like a sore thumb. It does turn more red high tech tank. But should be fine in the setup your constructing.

Best of luck and let me know if you need anything.

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