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Old 02-05-2013, 05:10 AM   #1
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Strictly RED planted tank


have you ever seen anything like that? i would guess you need some really good c02 reactor for that and a really good substrate like soil or peat moss. I read about some Rotala Macrandra and i jst fell in love with it. got me thinking what is the best set up for a all red planted tank.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:37 AM   #2
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I like the idea, can't recall any though that featured exclusively red plants.

Probably need alot of iron and trace.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:40 AM   #3
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I think it would look better if you do mainly red/orange plants with the odd green plant dotted around ....like the opposite of what we usually see with the reds to break up the greens. I agree that Rotala Macrandra is a stunning plant !
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:11 PM   #4
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I think the best would be to do all red, but then have some of those red plants be varigated or just plants with a lot of red highlighting.

Things I'd throw into a tank like this are R. macrandra Japan Red, R. Sunset, L. Atlantis, L. Pantanal, L. glandulousa, Lagenandra meeboldii Pink, certain red crypt species, different lotus species that are mainly red, Red varients of sword plants such as Red Rubin, Aflame (which is near black), and things like that.

You get different shades of red, some green tinges, but you still have a ton of red and enough contrast to make it pleasing to the eye.

Only problem is foreground....no clue what would work color wise in a tank like this.

Also, you would be required to have a high tech tank, preferably one that has a dirt substrate.

For fish, I would choose things that are a contrasting color actually, aim for blues and such. I think green neons would be fantastic, or certain angelfish strains......

Or even EBJD if you wanted to be that guy that everyone is jealous of :P
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:21 PM   #5
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May be you can do two halves: the background-middle ground can be all red but for the foreground carpet some green HC or dwarf grass for contrast?

If you do it, post pics!
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:07 PM   #6
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they look weird,, not really any contrast
whereas green plants, u have bright to dark green and everywhere in between
red plants all kinda blend in once u put them side by side
u can even do a red lawn with blyxa if u have enough light
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:28 PM   #7
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There is a red Hygrophila that grows low as well as a Rotala and purple Staurogyne.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ils.php?id=254
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ils.php?id=209

If you chose wisely a red tank would have a lot of variety as Ammannias and Neasaeas vary from yellow through salmon pink to red and lots of red leaved plants fade to green and some have red to purple tinged green leaves rather than a solid color. Use crypts, mostly they will look a bit brown even though they have a lot of red to them. Also work with leaf shape and plant density to create interest.

crazydaz is crazy about red plants. Not a bad journal to read through and drool over if you are thinking red!
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...&postcount=412
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I think its a good idea. It would require a good set up though. Rotala colorata is pretty red and can be kept pretty low for a foreground. Ludwigia 'red' is an easy red plant to keep.

I dont really agree with the statement that the reds all blend together, there are plenty of differemt reds just like greens. I dont think anyone has actually done what you are proposing so how would anyone know without seeing it? If the tank was small it would probably look blurred together if too many species were used, but in a bigger tank where the groups could be distinguished I bet you could see the contrast. Unless of course your red-green color blind then it wont matter at all.
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Gotta have some green
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:38 AM   #10
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I think its a good idea. It would require a good set up though. Rotala colorata is pretty red and can be kept pretty low for a foreground. Ludwigia 'red' is an easy red plant to keep.

I dont really agree with the statement that the reds all blend together, there are plenty of differemt reds just like greens. I dont think anyone has actually done what you are proposing so how would anyone know without seeing it? If the tank was small it would probably look blurred together if too many species were used, but in a bigger tank where the groups could be distinguished I bet you could see the contrast. Unless of course your red-green color blind then it wont matter at all.
It all comes down to beauty is in the eye of the beholder.. of course there are different shades and shapes of red. But they just dont seem to mix as well together to me
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crazydaz is crazy about red plants. Not a bad journal to read through and drool over if you are thinking red!
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...&postcount=412
I agree, this rivals any "green planted tank"

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that crazdaz tank is the closest thing to what i was talking about and it looks sick! its so beautiful. someone mentioned a foreground, i'd go with the ludwigia red or a lot of java moss.
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