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Old 09-15-2013, 03:24 AM   #1
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Red Plants only scape? [concept]


So I was watching the new star trek movie the other day and there's a scene where these two characters are being chased through an alien forest where all the foliage is a vibrant red color... anyways that got me thinking about what an aquascape with entirely red plants would look like and my imagination ran wild. (the things I'm thinking about when watching an action scene in a movie) Wondering if such a thing has ever been done before?

I can almost imagine it... a tank with black gravel/ sand and red stem plants and dark stones (Hardscape example) with red cherry shrimp, glowlight tetras, Neon/cardinal tetras cherry barbs, chili rasboras, or scarlet badis (or a combination of a couple of these species). Just seems like the tank would really "pop" and be something completely different.

But from my understanding plants need high light/c02 to be able to grow red foliage and I'm not sure im ready for that. Or are there plants that are naturally red even in low tech tanks. What are your guys' thoughts/ideas on this?
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:27 AM   #2
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That would be really awesome. Some say that iron is one of the most important things in keeping plants red, too... I would wonder how well all of those red/orange fish would actually show up in front of the red hues of the scape, however.
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Would love someone to try this and post photos! Although would the red plants distract from the red color of fish? Cardinals would look amazing!
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It would look very good I think, as there are so many different hues of red plants.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:39 PM   #5
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If you follow through with the idea I say grab a blue shrimp so it can pop and be a real alien scape.
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If I were to do it I would have most the plants a dark shade of red. Like glandulosa and less of them a bright orange red. Mixing in some gold nesaea would be cool, but that may mess up your red Star Trek theme. Though the aliens in the movie are yellow! Awhile back I had glandulosa next to nesaea gold and it was one of the best contrasting colors I have ever used. For sure get blue fish. The fish should not have any red. White,blue and yellow fish would be best. Good luck. Hope to see it soon!
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Or even cooler would be any kind of silver scaled fish. Like a school of silver dollar tetras if your tank is big enough.
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Or even cooler would be any kind of silver scaled fish. Like a school of silver dollar tetras if your tank is big enough.
Until the silver dollars make a salad bar out of the OP's tank.
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Ha! I was just thinking the same thing, I might do a 10 gallon, with all different red stems and the only green would be the carpet of hc. I'm gonna start it in a few weeks.
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I love this idea and may steal it for a future tank.

You could go with an equal mix (male/female) of silvertip tetras. The females are silver with a light shade of copper to them, and the males are a vibrant copper. Their fins are tipped with silver/white...and they are active swimmers with cool personalities.
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Green fish would really stand out in an all red tank.
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Until the silver dollars make a salad bar out of the OP's tank.
Well whatever, the point is a silver colored fish. I had silver dollars and they never ate my plants. Still that's not the point.
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was hoping that the OP had more details to post. I am really liking this idea!
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:43 AM   #14
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Imagine a bright green "centerpiece" plant in an all red tank.

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Old 09-21-2013, 06:18 PM   #15
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See if this tickles a desire...

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