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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for 90 Gallon Planted Tank

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After nearly two years, I am finally ready to get my 90 gallon planted tank setup. I wanted to ask for some suggestions on the plant selection for the tank. I am working on the final touches to my DIY stand, so unfortunately I cannot showcase the wood with the tank. However I have provided some pictures below of the two pieces I am looking at using. I am leaning more towards the bigger piece, although I could use both in some fashion. As well, I have some larger Dragon Stones that I am planning to use around the base area of the wood.

My thoughts so far on options for plant choice is the following:

hemianthus callitrichoides
Dwarf Hair Grass
Pygemy Chain Sword

Blyxa Japonica
Alternanthera 'mini'
Not sure what else?

Vals 'Americana'
Ammannia Gracilus
Limnophila aromatica
Ludwigia glandulosa
Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'Cuba'

Weeping Moss - attached to the branches of drift wood.

This of course is a rough list, feel free to offer suggestions or combinations that would go well together. I am looking for a bit of colour, similar to a dutch style aquarium, but want to make the wood the focal point of the tank, so I guess more of a nature themed aquarium. I do have other pieces of driftwood that can be used in additon to these pieces, these are just the largest. As well this will be a high tech planted setup. Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 01:41 AM
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I've just ordered some 'alternanthera reineckii mini' to mix amongst my Staurogyne repens. Since you are already getting the Alternanthera I thought I might suggest the Staurogyne.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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ah yes! I was also considering those.....I saw them in a store and they looked amazing! Good suggestion! Let me know how the Alternanthera Mini works out for you....looks like a stunning plant
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 03:07 AM
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I would stick to one foreground plant to unify your scape. Hairgrass and Blyxa look strange together so keep them separated if you use them both.

I would be using at least one type of broader leaved rosette plant as all the others are small scale leaves. A medium sized crypt or smaller sword plant maybe? Anubias?

How about some very fine textured stems like the Myrios? The back ground stems listed are very bold plants and putting Myrios behind might add depth.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions Kathyy. Although I really hate the Myrios plants....there is just something about them that I do not seem to find attractive lol
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 01:30 PM
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THis is going to be a hi tech tank? Btw, I like the wood, I'd put fissidens or something on it...because I like my wood with stuff growing on it.

If you want a textured stem that isn't a myro...get mermaid weed. It is a fine leafed plant that can get blood red, and seems like it would be really nice. And yah, stick with only one real carpeting plant...I mean, what you could do though is something like S. repens with another carpeting plant...since I don't think S. repens carpets so much as it just stays low and can be propagated easily...much like blyxa and dwarf cardinal plant.

I'd also suggest that you look through a list of stem plants, because in a 90 gallon tank...there are a LOT of plants you could use. Just look at my 75'll see the kind of thing I'm talking about. Or look at any tank that claims to be either dutch or dutch inspired. You have more options than I can possibly type out in terms of stems that you can add.

My 75 gallon High Tech Tank:
My 10 gallon High Tech Tank:
My 5.5 gallon nano College Dorm Tank:
Mom's Spec V:
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 04:34 PM
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I would add a amazon sword or a similar plant to your list! 90gs is alot of space to fill and swords get big fast!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 10:42 PM
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If you want a plant that fills space, get a Nuphar japonica
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