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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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What would you add

First off, i have been on this forum for a couple years, just haven't gotten around to posting [not sure why]...so, Hello!

Anyways, i've had this fluval going for a while now, and can't for the life of me figure out what to add and where, so, what would you guys suggest?

Stock list:

sagittaria subulata

Carinotetraodon travancoricus [pea puffers]
endler's [haven't seen much aggression between the two species yet, but we shall see]
Neocaridina heteropoda var. red

i didnt bother cleaning the aglae off the sides before the pic, and the brown parts are shrimp pellets...

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 05:16 PM
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you have shrimp with puffers?

what i would do:
replant the sag so that it is growing in a thin row hugging the driftwood.
plant a carpet plant in the triangle in front of the driftwood (probably HC, UG, or e. belem)
plant a bush of blyxa or c. wendtii imbetween the rightmost part of the driftwood and glass.
plant a bush r. colorata next to the stem you already have, and maintain it a touch shorter (dont want too much symmetry)
sculpt the stem you already have to a more rounded shape
plant some a. petites on the wood.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 05:18 PM
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Well what you add is all personal pref. but I would add either java fern or nana petite to the driftwood and possibly some type of moss. I would also add more of your dwarf sag in front of the driftwood to give more of a carpeting effect. Maybe get a few more stem plants and spread them out across the back of the tank. Otherwise you are off to a good start.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 05:23 PM
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To start I would definitely split the sag into individual plantlets and then spread them over the area I wanted to carpet. It would look nicer and spread faster.

I'd probably put something bushy in the back right corner, maybe a hygrophila like wisteria or polysperma. That or spread the mayaca so it covers that gap a bit. Having the wood on the diagnal really pulls my eye to the top right so having it naked is quite jarring.

I kind of want something on the bottom left of the wood as well, to add a bit more interest to that area. Maybe a small anubias on the wood or a red tiger lotus in front of it if theres enough space.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 07:48 PM
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how big is your tank? And how many of each species do you have? get more plants because puffers can be nippy and territorial and they eat shrimp. the shrimp will want to hide.

Also more plants will curb the amount of nitrate if the aforementioned species are excessive.

Only dead fish swim with the stream.

30 gallon planted
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