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have been out of the planted tank hobby for a few years and was messing around with saltwater reef tanks. Iv decided to put the reef hobby to the side for a bit and take on a new challenge.

I have setup a 90 gallon rimless cube as the tank. It was one of my reef tanks and thought it would be perfect for a planted aquarium because of all the equipment and the tank dimensions itself.

My goal is to create a lush forest like environment. I am still unsure about fish. Thinking of either doing many smaller fish like tetras and German blue rams, apistogramma or doing Discus. I have always wanted to keep Discus so this is my first choice but I am still thinking through it would love some feedback on what others thing though.

The tank does have a sump so nothing will be in the main display. I was concerned about co2 loss and to help with that I will be using a reactor to insure the Co2 is dissolved before entering the tank.

I started the tank out by just doing a simple hardscape. The rocks and driftwood all came from my 220g aquarium. My main goal was to keep it simple. I decided to start the tank dry to get a good carpet of dwarf baby tears started. I started the baby tears from seed. I have never done this before and was honestly winging it because I couldnt find anything online about doing it.

What I did was filled the tank with water and added my frets to the water. the water was cloudy from the substrate and I knew it would be so after adding the fertz I drained the tank so that the water was just under the substrate. I then sprinkled the seed out of the packet on the substrate and covered the tank in plastic wrap. Lights on 24/7 for 3 days and we now have germination. I can tell the seeds did much better in areas where they wernt laying in water. The ones in water are just sprouting much slower. They have pushed out roots from the seeds but no leafs yet.

Next steps are to wait and see how the tears grow in. As soon as they look like they are rooted well I will fill the tank up and get the larger plants in.
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...I decided to start the tank dry to get a good carpet of dwarf baby tears started. I started the baby tears from seed. I have never done this before and was honestly winging it because I couldnt find anything online about doing it..
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but... I'm assuming you bought those seeds off ebay or the likes. They are not going to produce a nice carpet of dwarf baby tears for you because they are not, in fact, DBT's. The plants will start off small and look good only briefly before they stem out and get leafy. Since you've just started, I would go ahead and remove them, go to our member "for sale/trade" section and see if you can find someone who will sell you a mat of dwarf baby tears. Or, disregard, let the seeds go and see what you think of that plant. I cannot tell you what the plant is, but there's several youtube videos of people trying these seeds out of China and they are all bogus.
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I was given them by my LFS. removing them would not be an easy task so ill see what happens. I am hopeful it will be fine. The person at the LFS I got them from has never steered me wrong. Ill be posting in this thread so we shall see!
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but... I'm assuming you bought those seeds off ebay or the likes. They are not going to produce a nice carpet of dwarf baby tears for you because they are not, in fact, DBT's. The plants will start off small and look good only briefly before they stem out and get leafy. Since you've just started, I would go ahead and remove them, go to our member "for sale/trade" section and see if you can find someone who will sell you a mat of dwarf baby tears. Or, disregard, let the seeds go and see what you think of that plant. I cannot tell you what the plant is, but there's several youtube videos of people trying these seeds out of China and they are all bogus.
I did not believe the seeds were bogus so I purchased some myself.

I'm sad to report they are bogus. The plant in question won't even live underwater. I have been able to grow it with the roots in water but the leaves out of water.

They seem to be a general marsh type of plant but 100% is not Baby tears. It does have some purple flowers though. Maybe I should take a picture and post it on here.
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Well the seeds I added are now filled in and look nice. I'm going to fill with water in a day or two and see what happens. Still worried they arnt baby tears based on what others have said but they do look like them so we shall see
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