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How my canister is set up now. Removed all the ceramic rings and biomax I put in and replaced it with Seachem matrix. Sponge is still on the other side. No purigen still.

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Updated OP with specs and equipment. Here are some FTS shots.

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You like taking pics lol Last time i was i H-town i hit up a mom and pop in the oriental district and found a great stock of flora and dry goods. I brought home some H. 'bold' l. sessiflora and some fissidens.
Looks good man.
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Where the tank is now couldn't have happened without the help of such great members from Houstonfishbox.com! newb gave me the Fluval Chi for free! Mnemenoi donated tons of plants and plant trimmings along with assassin snails and rcs. Allysangels traded several plants for misc stuff and even gave some extra plants. Also got matrix from her. Murray (John, the owner of Houston Aquarium Warehouse a small but very awesome LFS) sold me the excellent quality manzanita driftwood and masked cories for extremely low prices! He always has great prices and great stock that most LFS don't carry or overprice down here. Definitely good people over on HFB!
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I really like the community on HFB. Recently joined.
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You like taking pics lol Last time i was i H-town i hit up a mom and pop in the oriental district and found a great stock of flora and dry goods. I brought home some H. 'bold' l. sessiflora and some fissidens.
Looks good man.
Majority of the pics were old pics. I continuously updated a similar thread over on HFB. I just thought I'd like to share my noob skills (just started the planted stuff last month). Which mom and pop store? The oriental district sounds like the SW side of town. The only ones I can think of are Xtreme Fish n Pets, Fish n Pets Unlimited, and City Pets. There's also Fish Ranch II, but it's ran by one guy and some hired employees.

Thank you! It's definitely nowhere close to what I have in mind. All of the plants are in there just to keep the tank stable and free of algae. Although that failed horribly and I have tons of algae. I just got a bag loaded of plants today so hopefully that'll choke out the algae.
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Ah! Were you the one who had the 4 tanks, hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan' and h. zosterifolia? Or am I mistaken?
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I is. Saw your thread thought I'd check out where you were at.
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Cool! I actually have your plant pictured with my end result. Plant to do sort of a carpet with the two and a path with the hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan' cutting through the middle of the h. zosterifolia leading towards the back left corner right through the space of the driftwood. Mid ground will be assorted crypt wendtii to give some contrasting colors. Not completely set in stone on what other plants I will add to occupy the midground other than the wendtii. Also not sure about the background. Right now I want to try a wall of rotalia indica and bacopa. If I don't like how it looks, I'm gonna go through my list I made of low light plants and look for something else to try out.
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Rotala rotundifloria makes a great choice for a background wall in low light. I keep r. colorata and bacopa australis, even in the shade they grow well. Look good too.
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