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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-10-2011, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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A pic of my newbe tank!

This is my first planted tank......
figured I would share a pic, Im new an been hanging around the site a little and thought someone might have some advice on how to improve the looks fo the tank.
Tanks for looking - pleased to get input!
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I like it the way it is. awesome job
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I am haveing trouble finding a plant that will fill out the back corners..
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It's a very nice tank and welcome to the forum, you might try Rotala Indica (Rotala roundifolia) I have used this plant before and its a fast grower that is dense and good for hiding equipment, BTW it looks nice too. Look here http://www.aquariumplants.com/Rotala...ia_p/bp028.htm


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Agreed, Rotala would be my advise aswell , and maybe some contrasting colours , maybe a Red tiger lotus for the right side , they are a lovely red bronze colour and stay small if you keep cutting the leaves that head for the surface after a few trys they give up and remain dwarfed .

  • My tanks are enviroments for their inhabitants NOT over sized ,chemical ridden,ever changing "aesthetically pleasing " coffins . take your time people ,dont rush it. its nature and it will balance and prosper just leave it alone a while!
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I too agree with the Rotala suggestion.
Depending on what color contrast might appeal to you, you should perhaps have a look at Aponogeton Ulvaceous for that right hand back corner. It will easily/quickly reach 18" or more, and should add a striking finish on the right - hiding the equipment as well.
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Only thing I dont like about rotala is that it creeps along the substrate and send up shoots.
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What are the plants? What is the green plant on the bottom?
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Its pennywort in the middle. riccia on each side of that with fourleaf clover on the far right side.
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I really like the riccia carpet.

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Riccia on each side of that with fourleaf clover on the far right side.
I happened to get some riccia. Read that it is actually a floating plant and difficult to make a carpet with. How did you do it?
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I love it! go to hobby lobby or walmart and get some small netting (mine has holes alittle smaller than an 1/8 inch and cost me .98 cents for a yard) Then i took a round rock and cut the mesh to wrap around it.
Next take the mesh flat on the table or something and I cut and pull it apart to cover the netting.
finally put the rock back on top and wrap it up in the mesh. I hold the netting closed by using a zip tie on it like closing garbage bag.

when you flip it over all you see is the netting till the riccia grows through it -- and boy oh boy will it grow!

Hope this was clear enough
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If you look you can see the four rock mounds and on the left one rock that I have not covered yet peeking out from behind.

Note if your rock is 2 inches around the riccia will grow to 4 or 5 inches around!
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