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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-01-2009, 10:26 PM
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How bout a nice big Red Sword? Like mine lol.

Or those large crypts like you mentioned. Crypt Balansae should cover up the back left quite nicely.

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post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-02-2009, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Where in the tank are you referring to the sword placement?
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Either on the right of the Rotala to fill up that blank spot, or on the very left.

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What about this, behind the topmost point of the driftwood, there is about 4" of blank wood before the glass, what do you all think of a needle leaf java fern bush there?
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A little red here and there would look nice but that's my opinion.It should be how you like it.

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Yeah, I was thinking alternanthera reineckii 'roseafolia' for the red. I posted a WTB on the sns for some but no luck so far. . .
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Id slide both the plants in the back center all the way to the right. Put all of the Blyxa comming off the left of them. Add a plant on the right in front of the largest area in the drift wood, something that you could keep kind of low.

I just got some rotalla, 90% of the tops all froze off in shipping. Cut all the dead away, left with 5" of stem an some beat up leaves. There growing 2 or 3 stems each, must be hard to kill. Your plants look very healthy, the micro sword looks good!!
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Thanks!


I killed all of the micro sword, the ground cover you see there is dwarf hairgrass.

I don't think I could do what you said because my wood touches the glass. The 4" of blank space I explained a couple posts back was wood area. There is a little bit of space but the majority is shaded by the wood which goes on an angle from front middle to back right in the tank's above 'blueprint'. I'll try to get some pictures of the side of the tank soon so the actual depth of the tank is shown and it would be easier to see from and angle of what plants I could add and what plants I couldn't.
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I'm a little late chiming in, but how about just letting the two big bushes you have in the back span all the way across the back of the tank. Then, a red accent like L. Glandulosa would be very nice, probably about 1/3 the way on the left side.

Also, I'd spend some time hiding the equipment and lines inside the tank. I'd try to paint the filter tubes, or whatever is on the left side black, and move the heater (I'm guessing that's what the cable in the middle is going to) to a DIY enclosure outside the tank.
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Actually the cord is running behind the tank from the co2 and lights. . .I don't have a background. Just a black shade in front of a window that I always keep down. I've been meaning to get a background but I always forget when I'm at my LFS and the few times I remember, I'm short on time. The heater is on the very far left actually One of the reasons about the really noticeable equipment is that the rubber band is holding some mesh over the reactor to keep babies from getting sucked in and the val was dying so the equipment is really exposed. Since I added my new filter which blows diagonally over the val, the val is now pearling and new leaves are shootin' up everywhere. I'll give it some time and post some pics when a couple of things grow in and that might help.
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