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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-05-2007, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Please post your Anacharis

I am at a total loss as to how to use this. I'm almost debating not even keeping it.

Please give me some ideas, with shots of your tanks with Anacharis. I'm at a loss and getting discouraged.

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anacharis generally grows like a weed. I had it when I first started my tanks, to help prevent algae, because it grows so fast. about the only thing I was ever able to do with it that looked decent was to plant it in bunches in the background and let it grow straight up to the surface. It looks OK, but it just grows so fast that you have to constantly trim it. sorry, I don't have any of my old pics, but I'm sure others will! Hope this helps
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i've never seen a tank with a lot of anacharis. usually a beginner will use it for the previously stated. i personally think some of the most beautiful tanks, interesting rather, are filled with some of the most simple plants.
easy mosses, crypts, swords, aponogetons, and the easiest of stem plants such as your anacharis.
of course, do not plant it as one big bunch. i would try to separate them slightly grouping about 2 stems together and planting 1/2" apart. let it grow to the top, then trim and replant, or sell, and the bottom of your cuttings will produce even fuller leaves.
i hope that helps.
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Don't be sorry. I appreciate everyone sharing their thoughts.

I'm considering planting it in the back left corner of my tank, since it is bare. Here is a recent picture:



BTW, does that look like Diatoms? I'm sure it is, but I would like confirmation for the experts. The setup is approx. 7 weeks old.

My plan for the back right is to keep clipping and replanting stems of that tall red stuff. (some kind of wisteria?) And probably cut back to about half of that regular wisteria, and plant micro swords or similar in the foreground. I also have a plant that's about half red, half green coming next week, and some corkscrew vals. Then I think I'll be done stocking plants. At which point, I'll be bored and have to start a new tank. haha

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If you plant them as dane suggested in the back left, they will quickly form a nice wall/forest. It will look nice. What are you planning to do with my corkscrews?
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I don't know. I'm all spun out. LOL Got any ideas? I was thinking somewhere near the rocks, but nothing any more specific than that. It's hard to tell in the pics, but the 2 onion grass plants on the left are dead center (front to back), so there's room in front of them and room behind them, which is where I think I want to put the Anacharis.

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I also don't care for the plants directly in front of the rocks, but I'm giving them a chance to clear up before I make any plans. They're all covered in algae.

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I don't know. I'm all spun out. LOL Got any ideas?
Haha! It's easy to get spun out in this hobby. The anacharis should probably go in the back, cuz they will grow up and fast. I guess you could put the screws by the rocks. The ones I sent are probably around 9-10" tall, but they grew to the top of my 20H, so they will likely get bigger. you just have t play with it until you find the right heights of plant in your tank to create some sort of "depth". They tend to spread relatively quickly once they get established IME. it will all come together once everything starts to acclimate and grow to potential
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Cool, thanks. Looks like I'm done with Excel for a while. I'm going to try to keep using the regular dose, but not until all my new plants are well established. And I will start out small to be careful.

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The Anacharis will do you good.Your tank is a new set up right?
Ittl keep the algae at bay.


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Yes, it is. 7 weeks total. Approx. 1 month at one place, 3 weeks here.

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I would consider using something other than anacharis.
Rotala rotundifolia would be awesome right there.
anacharis, IMHO, is a pond weed. it is generally unruly and leggy, or generally ugly.
it also grows too fast to look nice.

Rotala rotundifolia will grow to the top in a couple weeks and start slightly curving, this is when it really shines, as the tips are slightly pink.

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I also have these coming to me:

hygro corymbosa, riccia, taiwan moss, blyxa japonica,
java fern, java fern 'windelov' rotala.

I may or may not use it all, but it was a good enough deal to buy the whole bunch.

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Blyxa is awesome, it makes a great barrier between taller plants and foreground plants. I love mine. I just got some downoi yesterday which is also a great mid ground/foreground plant.

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The corymbosa would be a nice sub for anacharis.Not to mention it grows faster thanAlgae most of the time!

Blxya is fun, it will show just how well your tank is doing. if the blyxa survives, your tank is capable of keeping the more advanced species, if not, then hold off on the advanced species such as eriocaulacae, tonina, some of the harder rotalas, some ludwigias, etc.

the mosses and ferns of course will be great, you can make your own decision on the riccia. many hate it because it makes a mess, while many love it.

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