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post #106 of 109 (permalink) Old 06-25-2020, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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First things first... I'm hoping someone here can help me with a plant ID. I got this plant labeled as Staurogyne sp. Kerala but I don't think that's what it is. It's the plant with the small roundish leaves in the pictures below.


My understanding was that Staurogyne sp. Kerala leaves come to a point, while these are rounded at the tips. This is also growing more vertically, and more quickly, than I'd expect from a staurogyne species. Could it be Clinipodium brownei? Let me know what you think it might be.

Overall the tank is starting to look really good. The red ludwigia on the side doesn't stand out enough from the background so I think I'm going to use the water wisteria, or some other lacy plant, for the right hand side.



Speaking of the background, the moss is still giving me trouble. The tank would be ready for a "final" shot in a couple weeks if I could get the moss to grow out. I might try placing it in a tray of water outside in the sun for a week or so and see if I can kick off some growth.

The highlight for me right now is the crypts. They've gotten really dense and attractive leaves. I have no idea why it goes in cycles of looking amazing then suddenly melting, but at least it looks good for now!

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I honestly just want to be able submit something to the AGA and have them say, "Yes, that is a Dutch aquascape." Don't get me wrong, it would be great to do well, but I feel somewhat limited in my composition options by the height of the tank (12"). To be able to just be considered would be very cool.

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post #108 of 109 (permalink) Old 06-26-2020, 06:40 PM
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it looked a little bit like lobelia cardinalis "mini" but it is stretching out too long. Hmm was it something you traded or bought from someone on here?
I always love these random intruder plants but hard to ID

I love the last tank shot but if you switched the water wisteria for the L.Red I think it would help comply with that "green on the corners" stuff and actually make the structure a little better. The ludwigia looks good just needs time to grown up and redden up.

The blyxa is great because it gives you both red/green contrast when it's happy. The hydrocotyle tripartita looks good as a bushy blob on the side.I wonder if it's hard to keep maintain if you want it super narrow as a divider.

pshh, the height doesn't matter, the tank looks great! definitely a dutch scape once everything starts to fill in!
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Not a whole lot to report. Still just waiting on that moss wall to fill in. Everything's looking super lush though!
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