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John's Begining Planted Tank **(1/13/05 Update)**

I had just ordered a few plants last week and should be coming tommorow or sat. This 20 is going to be a planted tank with my bolivian rams, the neons and 3 otos.

Today I had found a piece of driftwood and cleaned it and placed it in my tank to see how it looked, it was floating so I placed rocks near it until it is soaked and will sink by it self.

I have a jbj lighting fixture 55 watt flourescent, using shultz aquatic soil and would probably get a co2 unit sometime next week or so.

Here is what it looks like so far...

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i love the thick bunches of plants, although i think its a bit too dense for my tast...

grow some java moss off that wood, let it hang down, and maybe some java fern behind it. What are your plans?

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I am going to add dwarf sag. and glosso in the future as my foreground plant. In the middle I will be adding any type of anubias plant I could get, right now a anubias barteri will be near the driftwood and cave. I have also bought red ludwigia and that will go in the back.

I don't know much background plants so hopefully someone could help me out.
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hmmm... I dont see any plants, just wood and water, am I missing something here ?
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hmmm... I dont see any plants, just wood and water, am I missing something here ?
Oh yeah, that's becuase I just started on the tank. It's been like that for 2 months. I just finally got my hands on buying some plants and they are coming tommorow or saturday.
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Looks lush , where did you pick that wood up? Looks like fire wood a bit.

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Found it in my garage where my dad had kept pieces of wood for the fireplace.
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your lighting may be a bit shy for glosso, but it should be ok. anubias barteri coffeefolia and nana look the best i think, and their leaves stay nice and round and small. for background, i would go for some java fern behind that wood, or some eustralis stellata if you can get it

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Thanks, if I like the ludwigia that's going to come i'll probably get some more also. I may also be interested in water sprite if anybody has some to spare.
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watch out with that stuff, it grows faster than a tumor

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Water sprite? I hope it'll grow fast, that way I could use some of it to put in my other tanks.
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The plants finally came in today and put them in the tank. After I placed the plants in the tank, somehow the rams started trying to breed. The male was wagging it's tail very weird and I was shocked and their opivistor was also sticking out. Well lets hope they spawn!

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I like them bolivian rams, I have 3 of them, they have way more personality than the German blue rams. My SAE chases them around for some reason, its starting to piss me off. How can you tell the bolivian males from the females?
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I can only sex males and that's by seeing if the ram has a extended ray/fin on the caudal tail?
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Good start and I may sound like a broken record here but get yourself more plants... fast growing stems and avoid headaches !
Excessive plants are easier to remove then excessive algae if you start off wrong.
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