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Old 03-08-2013, 04:12 AM   #1
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I finally got around to starting my nano tank. I want to grow it out emersed for the mean time.

I will embed the images later on. Just thought it was better to get something done than nothing.

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Dry clay + osmocote
first layer

Layer of MGCOPM

Crushed lava rock + plants

So far I have some crypts (will update with species), regular baby tears(i think?), marsalia minuta or quad, and 1 stem of HC
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:53 AM   #2
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That's a nice nano! Good luck on the emersed setup.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:00 AM   #3
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I added some more stems of Micranthemum umbrosum. Its been growing well, not sure I will keep it though. I added 1 node of pennywort and 1 stem of hydro japan that had 3 leafs, 2 weeks ago.

The marsalia is growing weirdly. I see some stalks that show the tall 4 leaf clover, some tall 2 leaf, some short 4 leaf-- all from the same strand.
How do i encourage it to stay short and spread?

In the lower right corner I planted Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, which hasn't died but hasn't taken off yet.

The top right is 3 stems of some hygro. To the left is 1 stem of myrio matt that melted and converted to emersed. And there are 3 crypts that I dont remember the species of.

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Closeup of M.U and pennywort and hydrocotyle japan
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The plants are looking good!
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Thanks. Its growing much slower than I wanted.
I don't know about the scape yet. It could look nice when the MM and grass fills in, but it could take 5+ months. But then again that's part of the fun.
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Your welcome! Yea, its always fun to wait and see what happens.
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Not so sure about the crypts location. I don't know which species they are so they might get too big. I'll have to see once they melt after I fill it with water.
I should probably also remove the pennywort as the leaves get huge in my regular tank and would look completely out of proportion here.
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very sweet and clean layout! Do u plan on having any fishes/shrimps?
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Thanks, it's definitely better than I thought it would be. I will put some shrimp in there eventually; probably some colored neos.
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Everything is growing. Added some 4-5 rotala stems, 3 stargrass, some glosso.
I dont know what to do with the foreground. Everything is taller than what would look amazing for the scale. I suppose only HC would give the right scale--and i dont have it.

Also I think I have way too many species for such a small tank. Particularly in the foreground. What would be best? --The weird growing marsalia, glosso, or the brazilian microsword (in this scale not so micro).

Oh and I put a few blades of hair grass that will take months to grow in.
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The Glosso or Baby tears would grow best as foreground, as they tend to stay low to the ground and grow in a compact form. They do best with a good amount of lighting, and spread rather quickly once established.
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