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40 Gallon "almost cube" scape

I planted all the plants yesterday and today. I still have my fingers crossed that all the plants in there just don't die.


1.Dwarf Sagittarius
2.HC (Hemianthus callitrichoides)
3.Staurogyne repens
4.Some Crypt - I need to get a picture for ID
5.Fissdens Phoenix
6.Fissidens Fontanus



I wasn't sure if the fissdens would grow on the branch so I'm sort of testing it out. Any advice would be appreciated.

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are you going to use co2?

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What substrate is that?
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are you going to use co2?
I won't have the money for a system for a while but i do plan on dosing excel to ease the HC once i submerse it

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What substrate is that?
According to the person i bought it from its a bunch of Mixed AS
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Its been a week and everythings been going ok. My lights came in and they've been on for a few days. I got a Odyssea 24" 4x 24W T5 HO Light with 4 6500k bulbs. Nothings melted yet so things are going as planned :thumbsup
Only problem is that the dwarf sag seem to be drying out since their on the upper tier. Any way to prevent that?


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dig a hole in a corner of the tank deep enough to put a tiny powerhead in it and pump the water that seeps in back up. Or get a humidifier and direct the outlet into the tank.
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Well its been 2 months and I'm starting to get that urge to set it up
I got most of the parts for a Co2 system and trying to figure out the kinks.

I pulled all the dwarf sag because it just didn't seem tall enough.
I'm planning to use Blyxa on the top tier in the back but I'm trying to find a plant for the left corner on the top tier right in front of where all the driftwood. Any suggestions?





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This is really looking nice. You might want to mix it up a little bit so that it doesn't look like 3 completely separate sections. Your growth it great!

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This is really looking nice. You might want to mix it up a little bit so that it doesn't look like 3 completely separate sections. Your growth it great!
I thought about that too. Any suggestions on how to do that or what plants to use?
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If you want to stay with the same plants you might want your transition from one plant to another to be a wavy line. You could have small curves of the Staurogyne meander in and out of the HC. The same thing with the crypts maybe sliding down in between the rocks in the left back corner coming toward the front. You just have to plant around with it a little bit. Think about natural growth. Things aren't found in straight lines. They meander into one another until they crowd out the other plant. Your kind of looking to do that but in a tidy way.

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Been about a month and I just had my camera on hand so here's a quick little update.







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Been another month and another month closer to filling the tank up.
The HC is allmost completely filled in now. I'm gonna guess maybe another month or so till i fill it up . I'm still debating what plant to use at the base of the driftwood. Well here are some pics





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I like how your hardscape makes little 'planters' almost. I can appreciate a tidy design. Your HC carpet is looking really nice as well
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Thanks i never even thought about them being as planters
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Well its been a while since I updated this so here it is. Nothing much has changed except I pulled all the rocks out and stuck in a few stems of Ludwigia that exploded. Still haven't filled it because i don't' have Co2 yet.



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