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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-14-2016, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Second attempt to plants

Hi, been reading off and on this forum for years, but finally joined. The first attempt at plants was good till I bought some severums home. So here is the start of a new tank, but have a few questions. First the stats on the tank:
40 gal. 18x20x24" tall.
Lights: 4 3x3watt gu10 bulbs.
filter: jebao 403. had it for a few years now.
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currently stock: 2 blue rams, pearl scale gourami, and 5 zebra danios. going to up that to 10-12 i think.
plants: 3 chain swords, 2 crypts wendtii brown, anubias nana, and cant remember the other anubias.

I want to add more plants but I am having a hard time deciding what to get. with a tall tank and small foot print I know i need some stem plants and should stay away from amazon swords. But my local selection is lacking in variety. My thoughts are adding a couple more pygmy chain swords, a few more wendtii brown crypts, red dwarf lily, ludwigia repens and looking for another suggestion. The wife likes alternathera reinekii but I am trying to keep it low tech and minimal on the ferts if any, other then root tabs.

So any helpful incite or suggestions please fell free.
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Jungle Val could look good rising behind and through that big driftwood. It does fine in low tech tanks.
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Water sprite in one of the back corner, only if you are willing to trim or it may block the light for the mid ground plants....its a weed...but looks great in this tank.
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Thanks, just have to see what my local store has or will have to see about getting some online. As it is last visit pet store selection was rough at best.
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I have a question about root tabs. I am making my own with osmocote plus. I am just not sure how close together to put them and how long they last?
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+1 for Jungle Val - it will grow to the top of the tank so a thick stand in the rear can look really good. I'm not sure I understand the intensity of your lighting, but Anubias and Java Fern should work....and some java moss on that wood. You may not have enough light for an Amazon Sword, unless you were to buy a mature, tall one.

I can't help you much with Osmocote gel tabs as I've always been leery of using terrestrial ferts in the aquarium with fish. They're made to be 'slow release' in soil but in water they are very water soluble. They may be okay deep in 'dirt' tank, but perhaps not so good in sand or gravel. In any event, it's my understanding they need to be pressed in all the way to the bottom of the substrate. Others may have more/better advice.
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I have a question about root tabs. I am making my own with osmocote plus. I am just not sure how close together to put them and how long they last?
I poke one or two near any heavy root feeding plants. Maybe spaced out 6" or so? Push them all the way to the bottom, like to the glass. They don't entirely dissolve so you want to minimize chances of the little balls getting to the top of your substrate. Replace every 6 months or so.
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