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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Recommend a background plant

So I am looking to increase the amount of Micro Swords in the front left of the tank, but I was also looking for a plant to go in the middle of the background between the Vals. I am just not sure what would fit the best.

Some notes...

- I have Red Cherry Shrimp. Any plant to hide the babies from the guppies and Cardinals would be great, but not necessary.

- Plants that are better at creating more oxygen would be better for me since it is difficult maintaining oxygen in this tank.

- I have the standard LED lighting in the new Fluval Edge. The rest of the plants seem to be doing well in that light. The Baby Dwarf Tears are fairly new. I don't know if they will last without additional light.

What would you guys recommend?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 07:50 PM
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I'm actually a big fan of good old fashioned Anacharis. I actually like the look of it, especially when mixed into other plants.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 08:22 PM
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I would just let the vals take over the back...

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Both made my short list. I just have to think about it.

Thanks, guys.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-25-2013, 07:12 AM
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I had the 12 gallon edge and just let the vals have the back and I think that was my favorite, I tried hornwort, asian ambulia, cabomba and a few others and while I now know my plant keeping techniques weren't ideal at the time the vals just did exceptionally well so perhaps that is biasing me towards them.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-26-2013, 02:35 AM
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I totally reccomend Rotala Wallichi. its fine pinkish leaves will be good contrast against your other plants. I got mine from here amazing seller for plants!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-30-2013, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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I decided to added the Anacharis and Micro Swords. I also taped some LED bars (ikea brand) I had laying around to the right side of the tank to help with the Baby Dwarf Tears. I do wish the Anacharis had a better root system (or any roots), but I like how they look. I just need to let them grow tall.

Thanks all.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-30-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a video of the tank.... If you are interested. I know it is a bit over crowded with all the guppy fries (the adults need a past time or a cannibalistic appetite), but I have a home for them once they get a bit bigger. The LEDs in the video look much more drastic than they do in person, but I might soften them up later.

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