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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-19-2005, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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New 50 gallon planted

I got rid of all my cichlids and started a plant tank. I would love some feedback on it.
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50 gallon
2215 eheim bio canister
getting c02 this week
coralife 130watt 6700k
substrate with a flourite top
4 drops of flora 24 a day







Fish: 5 neons
5 Whiteclouds
2 bolivian rams
2 golden dojos
1 beta

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The plant closest to the center of pic #2 looks like a terrestrial.

And you could use a lot more plants. If you're new to the hobby and haven't yet checked out www.rexgrigg.com, you should do so. Although Rex uses a bit of mild language, he has written a very straightforward, informative guide to planted aquariums.

You've found your way to one of the best aquatic plant forums on the Internet. Many of the members here can guide you along as well.

This tank looks to me like it has a lot of potential. Within weeks it can become a lush aquatic garden.

Btw those aren't cardinals; they're neons.

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looks like a good start
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terrestrial?
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terrestrial?
Yup...second picture...green and white varigated leaves (lancelot leaves) is a terrestrial plant. Pluck it out and take it back to the LFS if they sold it to you as a submerged plant.

The java ferns in the back corner need to be pulled out of the substrate...you'll kill the rhizome (root like structure). Try to thread the rhizome onto some driftwood or a rock and you'll see small black adventitious roots "cling" onto the rock in time.

The Anubias may be buried too deep also...pull that up a tad to let the rhizome breathe.

4 drops of flora a day might not be enough. Read up on the Barr estimative index as much as you can and post questions if you get confused. The key to success in this case will be to cram that tank full of fast-growing plants soon (now) like hornwort, anacharis, rotala, watersprite, etc. You have plenty of light and I would "tone" it down a tad until you get your CO2 setup going or you'll be tearing it all down and starting from scratch again. Don't worry the majority of your plants in there are fine for low light until you get you gas setup.

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thanks.
so terrestrial means "out of water"... ok Ill take it back.

now, the java ferns came from my 20 gallon, they were planted there so Im not sure why to pull them out of the substrate. do you mean to pull them up out of the substrate a little?
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so terrestrial means "out of water"... ok Ill take it back.

now, the java ferns came from my 20 gallon, they were planted there so Im not sure why to pull them out of the substrate. do you mean to pull them up out of the substrate a little?
The java ferns need to have the majority of their rhizome uncovered by substrate. That's why most of the photos you see have it attached to driftwood or rocks. Simply pull them out of the substrate and they'll be fine. Even if you just leave them on top of the substrate they'll eventually cling to it (when you pull up the plant a clump of your substrate will come up with it).

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when dealing with plants, you have to learn some basic anatomy.

rhizome= green colored base root from which all the leaves stem.

In the case of the java fern, only the brown roots can be burried. With the anubias, only the thinnest green/white roots can be burried. If there is no thick root column (the rhizome) above the substrate, you've burried it too far and the plant is going to have a lot of trouble. Since java fern roots normally start off so small, we usually attach them to wood.
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