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Hello everyone! It seems like i haven't been on here in ages. So I decided that I need to just have one aquarium, and I picked a 20gal long. I really like the detentions of it, lots of room for plants and not too tall. I'm calling this one The Red Sea because I really love alternanthera reineckii mini, and I grew mine out enough to have a carpet of it. The substrate is just dirt with a sand cap. Lighting is two 23watt, 6500k, cfl bulbs. Plants (so far lol) are of course alternanthera reineckii mini, and then blyxa japonica, bolbitis heudelotii, mixed crypts, and something that i thought was jungle val but it's only like 5 inches tall so idk. Tell me what you think, please and thank you!
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Looks fantastic. The reineckii mini really pops and to see it in that full coverage pulls my eyes right in to your world. Thank you for sharing.

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Great looking tank!! It reminds me of an autumn day in the woods. Good job!!


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Very nice! I like the red carpet, it's different! I agree with the autumn statement!


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The Alternanthera reineckii mini and Blyxa japonica melted soon after planting but my bolbitis has really grown nicely. I added a betta named Hades
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pics of hades being cute swimming into my hand
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That's pretty neat. Does he do that often? Weird how fish will come to trust us giants invading their homes.
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That's pretty neat. Does he do that often? Weird how fish will come to trust us giants invading their homes.
What I do is place my hand in the tank and then drop in some food. He'll come over, eat the food, and then just sit there like he's a dog begging for more food


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The Alternanthera reineckii mini and Blyxa japonica melted soon after planting but my bolbitis has really grown nicely. I added a betta named Hades
Did you leave the althernanthera reineckii stand in the tank? Has there been any improvement?

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Yea I left them in hoping the roots would sprout new growth but they never did. I have a co2 system that I'll set up once I get the time, and then buy more AR mini and blyxa


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The original pic looks terrific with all that AR Mini. I hope you can get it to bounce back.
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Yea I left them in hoping the roots would sprout new growth but they never did. I have a co2 system that I'll set up once I get the time, and then buy more AR mini and blyxa
I'm in a similar situation. Of my original batch, only 3 stem remain but they still have their leaves but they're dying. I put them in whilst my tank was cycling so I think the high ammonia and Nitrite levels contributed to that. I'm going to give them a month to see if there's any improvement if not I'll try a fresh batch.

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Is AR hard to grow? I've seen it in tissue cultures at my local LFS but am wary of buying red plants as I can never seem to keep them alive.
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I'm in a similar situation. Of my original batch, only 3 stem remain but they still have their leaves but they're dying. I put them in whilst my tank was cycling so I think the high ammonia and Nitrite levels contributed to that. I'm going to give them a month to see if there's any improvement if not I'll try a fresh batch.

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Is AR hard to grow? I've seen it in tissue cultures at my local LFS but am wary of buying red plants as I can never seem to keep them alive.

It's not hard if you give it what it needs. I've grown it successfully in two tanks. Both where high light with EI dosing, one had co2 and the other didn't. The one with co2 grew faster than the other, but the one without co2 still had great color. I think what killed mine was the transplant from one tank to another, I wasn't very careful


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