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Old 08-01-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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midground suggestions


I have a 29g that I have some nice rotala going for background but I am trying to find a bushy or leafy fore to midground plant to go in front of it. I am replacing the ludwigia with whatever I can decide on. Also not thinking any crypts will do what I want. I'd like them to stay bushy and not a real fast grower. Looking for a shrubbery so to say.

pressurized co2
T5 HO 10k/colormax
rotala
HC
red watermilfoil
ludwigia repens (removing)

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Old 08-01-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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Blyxa japonica is a classic midground that will get bushy and pretty low maintenance. Hygrophila species, like porto velho, can also make some nice midgrounds. I know you don't want fast growing but a lot of stems can be manicured into nice midgrounds. My favorite midground stems would be rotala green and limnophila repens mini.
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Hygro corbymosa?
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HM can make an awesome bush but under higher light it'll tend to become a weed but manageable.

A fav of mine is limnophila sp. 'guinea broad leaf'
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i kinda like the corbymosa idea. i like anubias nana but i think i may have too high of light. the blyxa would make a good fit but it's not as thick and full looking as i think i want. but maybe. it's in consideration.
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i kinda like the corbymosa idea. i like anubias nana but i think i may have too high of light. the blyxa would make a good fit but it's not as thick and full looking as i think i want. but maybe. it's in consideration.
Never really had any issues growing anubias nana under high light other than a bit of gsa on older leaves. Blyxa can and will get very bushy and full looking, espescially under higher lighting and co2. Sometimes it takes time to acclimate but when it does, its a great midgrpund plant, espescially when one stem turns into 5-6.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:41 PM   #7
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a little update here. I got a hold of 3 blyxa japonica. turns out they don't move well. My LFS had recently just got them in and got them before they even had them planted and labeled. The LFS is about 45 minutes away so i grabbed them not knowing they were that sensitive to change. I'm down from 3 to 1/2. I have had two melt completely way as near as i can tell with out rooting around in the substrate. And one that is very close to being gone as well. Learned a couple lessons though so it wasn't a total loss.
So my hunt for a midground is back on. i had been considering the corbymosa but when i went back to the profiles it didn't look the same as i remember a few weeks ago. i probably have it confused with a different species. It's hard for me as beginner to tell what i'm looking at sometimes and determine if it will make a good fit.
So if you don't mind o'd like to ask for more suggestions again
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:11 AM   #8
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I can only recommend what I have in my tanks.. besides Blyxa Japonica, theres:

Hygrophila "Tiger" adds a bit of color too


Crypt Parva, easy and hardy


Hydrocotyle Triparta "Japan"


Also 2 smaller stems

Limnophila Mini will actually grow horizontally under high light


Lindernia Parviflora is another small stem, but grows rather fast


Staurogyne Repens traditionally used as foreground, is broad enough for midground imo


I keep a little DB of current plants in my tanks if you wanna look up the plants.
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