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Old 03-19-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
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Red's 29 "Fresh Horizon"


So this is a journal for the recreation of my 29g tank formerly known as the "Freaks of the Industry" tank. I'm trying to loosely do a S. American biotope (but i want certain types of shrimp that aren't necessarily S. American). I currently have eco-complete in the tank with a huge hunk of driftwood and a few rocks.

Fauna
pair of GBR
10-15 green tetras
5-8 oto's
yellow shrimp
cardinia sp. shrimp
bamboo shrimp
possibly amano shrimp

Flora
Unknown
I have Rotala indica, Ludwigia repens, Hygro "sunset", java moss, weeping moss, and cardinal plant, but i don't rule out completely trashing everything in there and doing something new.

Equipment
Coralife 65w pc 6700k
20w stock t8 6700k
2x Aquaclear 30 HOB filters... future upgrade to canister
Possibly DIY CO2 or a highly DIY'ed pressurized system

Vision

Here is generically what i want the tank to look like:




Any comments, suggestions, questions, anything?
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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I looked through the plant profiles and found some plants that i think are interesting looking.

Foreground
-Dwarf Hairgrass
-HC
-Lileaopsis Brasiliensis
-Subwassertang
-Christmas Moss

Midground
-Echinodorus Vesuvius
-Erio "Goias"
-Compact Corymbosa
-Rotala Mini
-Tonina Belem
-Tilted red ludwigia

Background
-Hemigraphis Traian
-Stargrass
-Ludwigia Verticillata Cuba
-Ludwigia Pantanal
-Myriophyllum aquaticum
-Tonina Manaus


Any comments on any of these plants?

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Old 03-30-2009, 05:32 AM   #3
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I looked through the plant profiles and found some plants that i think are interesting looking.

Midground
-Tonina Belem

Background
Tonina Manaus
Any comments on any of these plants?
Tonina plants are difficult plants.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:50 PM   #4
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Here's my list of plants to get for this tank:

Foreground
-HC (maybe)
-Dwarf Hairgrass
-Subwassertang
-Christmas Moss

Front Midground
-Rotala sp. mini
-Compact Corymbosa

Back Midground
-Echinodorus 'Vesuvius'
-Ludwigia inclinata "red"
-Tonina belem
-Hemigraphis traian

Background
-Didiplis Diandra
-Ludwigia verticillata 'cuba'
-Ludwigia verticillata 'pantanal'
-Myriophyllum aquaticum


Anything good, bad, horrible about this list?

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Old 04-07-2009, 06:24 PM   #5
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its too many plants...IMO...purely my opinion on that. Usually two maybe three for each section front mid and back are about as much as the eye can handle and really enjoy... beyond that, it becomes collectoritis...again my opinion
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yeah, i was a little nervous about the plethora of midground plants... i think i can get away with everything i have listed as background plant (maybe eliminate 1), but i'm gonna try to cut out 2 or 3 midground plants and i'll see about the foreground... i may or may not use HC depending on whether i can get a good carpet of hairgrass growing. I think i'm gonna be adding these plants 1 or 2 at a time, so i'll be able to stop when it starts getting too "busy"
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:09 PM   #7
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Wrong again. No offense. But it would be better to amass the plants first, then get rid of the ones you don't like. If you start with few...you will be too busy trying to get rid of algae to worry about the plants. High plant mass=little/no alge...low plant mass=some/high high high algae...

plus if you start with a lot, you can see which ones work for you better as far as personal taste and compatibility with your setup...

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Old 04-07-2009, 08:51 PM   #8
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wow, talk about major brain fart on my part... My plan when i last thought about this setup was to buy more plants than i wanted in the final product and weed out the ones i didn't like... there must have been something funky in my tea this morning. Add plants one at a time? I'm seriously not that fond of algae
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Old 04-16-2009, 04:56 PM   #9
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YAY! My new RO/DI unit should be coming in today!!! I will then tear down the tank and get it rescaped for this new plan. Hopefully i remember to take pics!
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How about an update!!

Oh if you got any ludwiga you'll need to dose with nitrogen or KNO3.
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:59 AM   #11
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In my experience no matter what I do some of the plants I start with just don't grow and eventually die. Expecially in a newly set up tank. Maybe it's me, maybe my water, or maybe the source. But that will narrow it down and the ones that make it will fill in and the tank will look better for it. After it's mature, you can mess with the "one at a time" bit to try new plants.
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grumbolar you should really post a thread instead of replying here. This is considered hijacking a thread.
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