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Old 02-26-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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New tank, new ideas!


Hi everyone, I've been posting like crazy on this site trying to learn as much as I can; I'm new around here. I have some experience with fish keeping but not plant keeping. I'd just like to throw out some ideas for my new "tax return tank" and see what you guys think...

I was considering building a "red tank", by that I mean using only plants that are red in color. I think it would look awesome with the rocks I currently have, and would look cool against tan colored sand a bit of this tan/peach/brown gravel that I have. (Obviously the substrate would include dirt underneath).

So I was thinking about some red tiger lotus and some red/orange cryptos, and others. I am looking for (but can't seem to find) a brown or red ground cover plant. I love dwarf baby tears but they are too bright green for what I'd like to accomplish. The texture of those is great though, are there ground cover plants that grow nice and thick like dwarf baby tears which are brown/red? Also, from what I understand, red plants require more iron to keep their color...correct?

Do you think an all red tank would be too much? I'm also looking into golden and yellow colored plants. Thoughts on this red tank appreciated!
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I do not recall any red ground covering plants, but Marsilea hirsuta is a more dark green if that's what your looking for. A completely red planted tank would look a little bit weird and too much.
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I do not recall any red ground covering plants, but Marsilea hirsuta is a more dark green if that's what your looking for. A completely red planted tank would look a little bit weird and too much.
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There is eleocharis sp. Red but its never been harvested since its in a protected area.

All red can look good but you will end up with shades of purples and browns as well. There are some great all red ones in the tank journal section.

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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There is eleocharis sp. Red but its never been harvested since its in a protected area.

All red can look good but you will end up with shades of purples and browns as well. There are some great all red ones in the tank journal section.

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Purples and browns are fine, I was just thinking about avoiding those bright, almost neon green plants. Thank you for the reply.

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Yeah, take a look at CrazyDaz's old tank. It has beautiful red colors. The first post in new tank has the picture of his old tank.

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Yeah, take a look at CrazyDaz's old tank. It has beautiful red colors. The first post in new tank has the picture of his old tank.

New Tank he has up
OMG yes, that is exactly what I am trying to do. -I'm referring to his new tank. Minus the pops of green in there. I thought yellow plants could be mixed in instead of bright green. But yeah that's the idea, and that tank is gorgeous! Thanks for showing me
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