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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hello TPT!

Well, I'm starting to add more plants to my 55g tall, but I'm looking for something that will add some color. It seems like most aquarium plants are green, and I've seen some red out there, but is there anything else?

I would like to also start to fill in the back, and don't really know where to start or even what I want / need. I was also wondering about current, and how that can be manipulated so that the plants won't look like there getting blown to one side of the aquarium. I'm looking into a DIY wet/dry, so I can change the current however I need to at this point.

Thanks for the advice!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 04:14 AM
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Taller stem plants??

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That was the idea, was looking for a suggestion on something.
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Your really not going to anything different than red and green plants. I would add taller plants in back and that will bring things together for you
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There is a golden stem plant, Nesaea pedicellata golden but it might not be an easy plant. I know I failed at a similar species with amazing salmon colored leaves, Ammania something or another. Could have been a Nesaea, thing just appeared in the tank to torture me.

Look into Crypts. They come in infinite variety and one of the easiest, C. wendtii, has many colored varieties.

We may call stems 'red' but the colors vary a great deal. Some are more purple, others more orange.

A couple of durable red stems are Rotala rotundifolia, Ludwigia 'Red' and Alternanthera reineckii. Rotala tends to be pink, Ludwigia tends to be more maroon and I haven't grown Alternanthera.

Lotuses [really water lilies] are colorful if you want a potential tank buster.

You want to see color, check out crazydaz's tank and Plantbrain's 120 sort of Dutch tank. Not saying get those plants but you might like to see the variation in color planted tanks can have.
Crazydaz's Square 200G RIPARIUM Stikes back-The End Teaser shots of new set up 7-24
120 Gallon ADA "like", ditched, Dutch style new pics 137
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There is a golden stem plant, Nesaea pedicellata golden but it might not be an easy plant. I know I failed at a similar species with amazing salmon colored leaves, Ammania something or another. Could have been a Nesaea, thing just appeared in the tank to torture me.

Look into Crypts. They come in infinite variety and one of the easiest, C. wendtii, has many colored varieties.

We may call stems 'red' but the colors vary a great deal. Some are more purple, others more orange.

A couple of durable red stems are Rotala rotundifolia, Ludwigia 'Red' and Alternanthera reineckii. Rotala tends to be pink, Ludwigia tends to be more maroon and I haven't grown Alternanthera.

Lotuses [really water lilies] are colorful if you want a potential tank buster.

You want to see color, check out crazydaz's tank and Plantbrain's 120 sort of Dutch tank. Not saying get those plants but you might like to see the variation in color planted tanks can have.
Crazydaz's Square 200G RIPARIUM Stikes back-The End Teaser shots of new set up 7-24
120 Gallon ADA "like", ditched, Dutch style new pics 137
1+ if you go with pressurized co2 your plants selection will be much more. But without co2, you'll be limited to your plants selection. crazydaz and plantbrain tank's are both pressurized co2. Like Kathyy said above, these two threads will show the ranges of planted tank. Also some of the plants that they have can be very pricey....
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