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Old 09-23-2013, 08:59 PM   #2011
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Or....... one dumb enough to learn through experience.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:27 PM   #2014
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I think I'm going to try and find something darker green and different texture for pennywort location, the color match with the green plants there way too much.
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I think I'm going to try and find something darker green and different texture for pennywort location, the color match with the green plants there way too much.
What about some Rotala Mexicana 'Goias' in the place where the pennywort is? Not a dark green but I think it would nice with the pinkish red leaves and it would stay low to the substrate there.
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I tried the Rotala there once before, that and the tennellus red did not look good I felt.
C. parva either.

Fissidens would do well. I have a fair amount as a pest species in another tank and bits and pieces everywhere, also Mini pellia, but the fissidens is a better fit and easier to deal with.
But...this means I need some wood pieces to cover.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:32 AM   #2019
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I tried the Rotala there once before, that and the tennellus red did not look good I felt.
C. parva either.

Fissidens would do well. I have a fair amount as a pest species in another tank and bits and pieces everywhere, also Mini pellia, but the fissidens is a better fit and easier to deal with.
But...this means I need some wood pieces to cover.
I see. You would know better than me that much I know.

I was wondering if you know what size s/s mesh that you have over your overflow box? I need to put something over mine to keep the shrimp and otos out. I have already picked out 2 otos and 6 shrimp since I put them in the tank today at noon. I was worried about it cutting down too much flow if I didn't get a size that had big enough openings. The ones listed on ebay have pictures that look the exact same no matter what size it's listed at so it's really hard to gauge the sizes.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:52 AM   #2020
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SS mesh is awesome, you can get it off ebay fairly cheap in various sizes, you can chose the size based on what you want to keep out, but still allow enough through to not clog over a few days least you forget to clean it.

Looking back, I think replacing the A reineckii with the L senegalensis would be better. So I might remove that plant, or switch with the Hygro araguia somewhere. The senegalensis looked good contrasted and still have a nice, but different color balance. A bit weedier than A reineckii mini, but..........not that bad.

Never happy am I?

Well, I'll know pretty well what contrast and looks good together from now on.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:21 AM   #2021
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You will note that one of the Erio's is yellowing from the base, started about 2 weeks ago, not sure why either. None of the others have done this either.
Not replanted, moved, flowering or anything else I can figure.

Right rear corner is coming along, but slower than hoped.
UG you can clearly see it's about ti life off, I'll add some ADA AS on top and semi bury the section.
This will prevent it for another 2-3 weeks. At some point, I'll need to pull it and replant some new plugs, then wait 8 weeks or so to get a nice looking thick rug. Monte Carlo looks decent now, took longer than the I thought.
Even with massive pruning, the R. macrandra has performed better than I expected. Note,: you can uproot and replant tops, or trim from the top and wait for new growth. I feel it's best to uproot and trim the tops and replant those, than simply trim the top and allow new growth to come back.
If you want a nice hedge like appearance, it's easier/better for most stem plants to trim like a hedge and top only, not uproot.

But some plants respond better/well to the two main types of pruning methods.
I'm not certain they are universal either, some hobbyist under some conditions might find it much better to use method versus another.
Or where you need to clean up the ratty lower stems and uproot for a couple of times, then once the nice healthy growth is there, then only top the plants.




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Old 09-30-2013, 06:17 AM   #2022
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:10 PM   #2023
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So nice! What plant is the red/orange 2nd on the right near the filter?
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color and leaf density so nice
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:06 AM   #2025
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I liked the E hydropiper and the E. triandra, with the L. gigeantea in the past a lot, gave a nicer distance look really.

But 2 of those 3 are extremely weedy plants............

Adn fish and shrimp picked up the E hydropiper which I have plenty if to grow ina tank without pesky critters up rooting it or perhaps some new sediment might work better. Plain sand with EI would work great, it grows fine in the water column without being attached to sediment at all.

I'm going to hack and rework the Right rear side tomorrow.
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