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I would like to add some color (red) to the tank. I need it to be pretty compact-
Is there a suggestion for medium light (no CO2)?

Im researching, but cant seem to find a good solution...

AR Red mini does pretty decent in low-tech. Grows slow enough that you should be able to keep it compact. Hygrophila araguaia could fit the bill too.
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AR Red mini does pretty decent in low-tech. Grows slow enough that you should be able to keep it compact. Hygrophila araguaia could fit the bill too.
AR Red mini is what I was looking at..... I already did my buce plant order, and etsy.... So now I would have to pay for shipping for one plant. So I need it to be perfect.... I just panicked at checkout... Medium light/red plants- that is an entire new field for me after 7 years of extreme;y successful (low light) scapes.
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UPDATE: 6 days in....

Mosses: I found a slew of interesting things that I pulled out that were either submerged, or partially... but due to the flooding in MN I had slim hopes. I didnt want to use them till they were cleaned, potted, and acclimated. I have three types I will try to use, one of which is already in the tank:

Found mosses additions:
Climacium dendroides (dimacium moss)... made it into little bushes, submerged already doing well.
Conocephalem Salebrosum (snake wort)... not sure how Im going to use it, but it is too neat not to try.
Third moss I cant identify yet... I tried, but it was totally submerged and young. Ill wait till it grows a bit till I figure it out. So it stays in my sprout seeder to keep it kick'n!

Plants delivered and planted:

Background:
Water sprite
Hygrophila pinnatifida- fern like... I like the contrast
Mini Bolbitis (Baby Leaf)
Got an extra plant on delivery for free?... I cut it, and planted it: Clinopodium brownei?? I know nothing about this... eep.

Midground:
Bucephalandra- Mini Coin
Nana petite anubias (I already had these attached to wood in my other tank)
(Also one old large anubia I had in a jar for many months... a little rusty but it may make it! lol)
AR mini (from a culture... so they are tini tiny)

Foreground
(wood branch)- Peacock moss... I tied it to the branch with fishing line
Pogostemon Helferi Downoi- fern like... planting it is nearly impossible! any recomendations?
Mini dwarf hairgrass
Mini christmas moss (in between my stones)

Parameters (currently while cycling):
pH 7.6
GH/KHaround 6
Ammonia: 1ppm (I dosed a touch more to bring it up to 2ppm)
Nitrites: 1ppm
Nitrates: 4ppm

I moved a lot of things, so the water is a bit cloudy... but here is the general layout.
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Ok, so Day 14...

I decided to call this 'Fall Bluffs' after my huge hikes- I really want to try and capture the fall colors in the midwest and the beautiful bluffs. Considering I did use real decorah shale and have many found plants- plus purchased, I think this naturescape will be really awesome!! I cant wait till it grows out.... so I did something drastic:
  • Ordered some new varieties of plants (awaiting their arrival) Added plants:
    Unidentifiable moss I made into bushes
    Lobelia Cardinalis Dwarf Purple
    Nana white anubias
    Guppy Grass
    (ill do the full plant lit once Im finished)
  • Added 1 otto and 3 amano (they are very pleased with their new environment)
  • Added CO2 (Gasp!). I have the disposable.... on the lowest possible setting, and it is running 24/7 . So im monitoring and see my pH dropped, and the plants seem very happy. I need to read more and determine how to best proceed but the fluval CO2 disposable was on sale for 20 bucks... so I bit. I need CO2 education! haha!

Parameters:
pH: 7.6
GH: 6
KH 5
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 20ppm
Phosphate .25-.5 (I cant tell)

I do have a bit of melting plants, and a touch of diatoms (nothing to write home about- just there). LOTS of new growth!
I ended up using mini christmas moss in the cracks of the bluffs, and peacock moss on the branch. The white sand will be covered soon by the mini hairgrass, it was leftover, so it has lots of growing to do.


One issue: WHAT IS THIS!!!!!!! I found him on the glass. Is it really a leach? or flat or roundworm? He is pretty big- he could have hitchhiked.
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Tank fits in well:
I was worried about the light being distracting... but eith the dark shelf above I think it blends in.

The little ‘vase’ next to it holds my newborn fry in 1.5 gallon.... they get fed multiple times a day... so for a week I keep them safe with just a sponge filter and special food.... then they go to their forever home In the larger tank! they will be happy to grow in safety without being eaten!
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Edit: My dosing.....
I used a mixture of eco complete (base) and Amazonia on top.
I dose Thrive C once a week in all my other low tech tanks and excel- but they also have lower light. Im sure I will have to change this up... I think the Thrive C plus the CO2 means I dont need to dose excel.??? Im reading as fast as my eyes will allow... anyone have a good resource for 'CO2 for newbies'?

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Ok- so the CO2 is nothing but a sparring single line of bubbles.... lowest setting.

But my plants have bubbles- even my found mosses I’m propagating (first photo).

I’m worried this could end badly without assistance?!

Help.
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Full plant list- planted and already growing!!

Background:
Water sprite... im trimming this all the time- I fee like it grows 2 cm a day!
Hygrophila pinnatifida- fern like... I like the contrast
Mini Bolbitis (Baby Leaf)
Clinopodium brownei.. ill prolly remove this- it grows too fast

Midground:
Bucephalandra- Mini Coin
Nana petite anubias
Nana white anubias- small, but it will be grand!
Lobelia Cardinalis Dwarf Purple... someone said it wont stay purple.. I also have too much- Anyone want a big chunk for free????
AR mini
Climacium dendroides (dimacium moss)... made it into little bushes, submerged already doing well.
Mystery Moss...... I cant identify ??... Its growing! those are the little 'bushes' on the left hand side.

Foreground
Peacock moss... I tied it to the branch with fishing line
Pogostemon Helferi Downoi
Mini dwarf hairgrass
Mini christmas moss (in between my stones)

I have had to do many trimmings thus far. Inhabitants are thus far: 1 otto, 3 amano shrimp, 1 nertite, some assassin snails, 2 endlers- I named them macaroni and cheese!! lol

That is my update!!!! in about a week I add in my fry as well.
My tanks usually grow out in 3 weeks... but in this case with the CO2 experiment, etc. I guess we will see.... I cant wait for that carpet to fill in!

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Things I have questions about I did in bold:

Background:
Water sprite... im trimming this all the time- I fee like it grows 2 cm a day!
Hygrophila pinnatifida- fern like... I like the contrast
Mini Bolbitis (Baby Leaf)
Clinopodium brownei
Ludwigia.... mystery plant???? anyone have any ideas? Rubin? Palust?n or Purslane?


Midground:
Bucephalandra- Mini Coin
Nana petite anubias
Nana white anubias
Lobelia Cardinalis Dwarf Purple
AR mini
Mystery Moss...... I cant identify ??... Its growing! those are the little 'bushes' on the left hand side, they only grow well with CO2.

Foreground
Peacock moss
Pogostemon Helferi Downoi... I cant keep this planted..... PLEASE HELP! it keeps floating up
Mini dwarf hairgrass
Mini christmas moss (in between my stones)

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