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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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First time planter here and I just planted a TON. Need help with what to do next.

Hello everyone,

I've been reading and lurking here for a while now with trying to figure out how to start a planted tank. I finally had time to get everything together in the last week and get planted. I ordered a ton of plants from and got them today. I mostly got the bunch plants (and didn't entirely realize they would be stems without roots) and got them planted tonight.

Here's some info on my tank as well as a picture:

29 gallons
Lighting: Zoomed hood with 2x 24 watt 22 inch T5HO lights (5000 and 6500 k)
DIY CO2 (actually getting this tomorrow)
40 pounds eco-complete substrate

Plants (in bunches ordered):
3x Baby tears (Henianthus micranthemoides)
1x Ambulia
1x Creeping Charlie (Micromeria brownei)
1x Hygrophila balsamica
1x Limnophila hippuroides
1x Pogostemon stellata
1x Moneywort (Bacopa monnieri)
1x Green temple narrow leaf (Hygro corymbosa)

and the pic:

So it was a bit difficult to plant all the stems and I mostly just mixed the background plants in back and the foreground ones in the front. I'm planning on letting everything grow roots, then trimming and organizing the plants a bit more.

The baby tears came quite a bit taller than I was hoping since they're going to be my main foreground cover. Will I just need to trim them later? Or should I do something different?

It's not very aquascaped right now, in fact it looks just like seaweed, but once everything roots a bit I'm hoping to rearrange. Is this OK? or should I start rearranging now?

Also, I'm sure I made some mistakes in my setup so please let me know any glaring errors. Finally, I'm also waiting to get fish until I the plants adjust for about a week. Is this a good idea?

These are a ton of questions but thanks so much everyone for the help on taking the next step.
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well as for baby tears there are 2 kinds. baby tears and dwarf baby tears. the dwarf type is what is used for forground im thinking you ordered the tall type. so it wont ever be a forground plant. i have never used stem plants i think they are a pain. i stick with low light plants like crypts cause i dont light to mess with high light, co2, and fertlizers. you will have to redo the tank but i would let them get rooted first that will also make it easier to replant them later on
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