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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-15-2004, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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my first 55g plant tank..

i recently switch from a fish only to a plant tank. i almost broke my bank account. expensive hobby. anyway.i'm still trying to get the water parameter balance..since i'm new to this plant tank hobby anyone got any suggestion on dosing the fertilizer? some of the plants i got required more light...suck.. should have done research before buying it..

Rotala Magenta
Baby Tears
Ludwigia Peruensis
Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
Sagittaria, Dwarf
Ludwigia, Broad Leaf
Rotalla Wallichii
Ambulia Sessiliflora - Asian
Rotala Indica
Ludwigia Peruensis
Hairgrass - dwarf (Eleocharis acicularis)
Moss Balls
Ludwigia Narrow Repens

3 angel fishs
4 guppies
1 clown loach
1 tiger barb
1 pleco
4 other forgot what its called.

my fishs only tank.

this one is not clear, i just added some of the plant that just arrive 30 minute ago. the water hasn't settle down yet. i'm anxious to see how well it turn out in a couple of weeks. i heard the dwarf hairgrass will have a hard time growing on flourite substrate is that true? how long it take to cover your tank?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-16-2004, 12:45 AM
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Looks good so far...I like the color contrasts! Two things that you may want to change...the DIY reactor "splits" the tank...maybe hiding it with some of the plants or putting it on the side where your filter outlet is will help. I say that only because it seems like you're doing your scape from the wall-inward rather than more-in-the-middle-outward (if that makes sense).

2: You can probably get better growth and healthier plants by spacing out those bunches, especially on the left, a bit more...the lower leaves will soon die out. Give it time and side shoots will give you the "full" effect.

But, then again, those are just suggestions! Good work!!!

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thanks, well i just left the reactor for the moment, i will move it later..well i try to buy some plant for the middle section still looking for some great plants..any suggestion? i dont like big leave though. and you know how 55g tank don't have that much i place the background and foreground first. and see how it turn out in a couple of weeks..this is my first plant tank..and i'm still working on it...
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It looks like you have A. reneikii in there. That gets pretty tall and can make a nice background in the middle if you let it grow out and then "shape" it. Then you can plant something in the "midground" to hide the water roots it will send out. Another option would be some sort of Val?

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