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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-10-2005, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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My 34G overgrown mess!

Here's a recent photo of my 34G.

It's been set-up in its current layout for about 8 weeks. I had a massive BGA outbreak (lack of NO3 and PO4 - thankfully now I have discovered EI!) a couple of months back so decided to give the tank a complete strip-down, replace the substrate etc.

As you can see H difformis and polysperma dominate - chosen for their fast growth and algae beating qualities. My Java fern remained intact and is growing into quite a beautiful specimen. There's Sag platyphylla in the foreground and 2 Crinum calamistratum.

I'm trying to plan a lower-maintenance, more demanding/delicate planted layout. The Java fern and bogwood (barely visible at the moment) I'm thinking will be the main focal point - and that's all I can decide. Maybe Glosso in the foreground or possibly Hemianthus callitrichoides (as inspired by Pjan). I've tried E acicularis and E tennelus and fancy something different. The Sag is just growing too fast, I'm thinning it out weekly. As for an overall style I prefer Nature over Dutch. I would prefer a U-shaped composition so it can hide my ugly equipment (big Juwel internal on the right and heater cable and external on left).

Any pointers from you guys would be greatly appreciated. I have 3.6 WPG, CO2 30ppm and fert daily. pH 6.6, KH 3.5, GH 7, NO3 15ppm, PO4 1ppm

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It looks pretty good now. Your plants look really healthy. The one thing I would suggest when you change layouts, is to get some plants with smaller leaves to make the tank seem larger. IMO the Sag platyphylla makes the tank seem smaller just because of its larger leaves. The tank looks good though.
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I really like the Sag in the foreground, it looks "different". Replacing it with Glosso or HC etc will look good too, but there are so many tanks with that look
You'll need to do something with the Wisteria. As pretty as it is, under your conditions it takes over. I would remove it entirely from the left side and replace it with something else. Something with fine leaves like Fosty suggested will work. Oh there are so many choices


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I tried to get Sag to grow and all it did was survive and lost to bga.
Nice look maybe add some color?


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Not bad, I like the dwarf hairgrass foreground better last time.
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Thanks for the comments.

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You'll need to do something with the Wisteria.
You not kidding! I prune and discard about 40% of the plant (and the polysperma) every week.

I like the Sag too but it is such high maintenance, thinning it out every one or two weeks.

That was the main reason I posted this thread - for ideas to replace the wisteria, polysperma and sag. I suppose the options are virtually endless, I guess I was being over hopeful in that someone may magic me some inspiration.
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There are a lot of ludwigia sp. with fine leaves-- and they're not at invasive as a lot of the hygrophilas.

When it comes to "different looking" and "slow growing" the foreground plant that often comes to mind for me would be marsilea
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