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This was about a month ago right after it was set up. it looks alot better now I just haven't had the time to take some pictures of it.
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Looks good to me, though I would take out that huge rock on the right if I were you just because of its size, and maybe reposistion that sword so its not so centered. Nice job so far!

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Some nice healthy looking plants.
And I'm a sucker for angels!
What is your set-up? Lighting, ferts?
I'd recommend many more plants and fewer rocks - as well as a plain background. But personal taste is just that - personal.
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wow. thats a big rock. LOL I like the idea though. cute angel
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Some nice healthy looking plants.
And I'm a sucker for angels!
What is your set-up? Lighting, ferts?
I'd recommend many more plants and fewer rocks - as well as a plain background. But personal taste is just that - personal.
I was thinking about taking that rock. Maybe I'll find a nice piece of driftwood to go there or make that one part like super planted and move my one sword to the left a bit more to off-center it. That tank has only been set up a month. For the ferts I was using leaf zone. Cna anyone recommend something better? For the lighting it was just a light that came with the tank. Right now, I have 2 grow lamps on it and the wisteria and the ludwigia are going absolutely nuts. AND I trimmed the sword. I'm gonna try out your suggestions right now... lol
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All kinds of suggestions as to ferts in the water params forum. You can go either with commercial products or dose your own micros and macros.
With your lights, look at the bulbs to see how many watts they are. The "grow-lites" probably don't do much.
My main objection to the rocks is that they take up planting space!
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All kinds of suggestions as to ferts in the water params forum. You can go either with commercial products or dose your own micros and macros.
With your lights, look at the bulbs to see how many watts they are. The "grow-lites" probably don't do much.
My main objection to the rock is that they take up planting space!
I removed the big rock. The flourescents bulbs in the light fixtures are only 15 watts each making it Almost 1/2 a watt per gallon. The Grow lamps seem to working quite nice. I spread out my wisteria a little more. I think it looks better. I'll take some updated pics of it when I get batteries for my camera.

Edit: With the grow lamps being 55 watts. It's not really adding the wpg, but more so being conentrated on certain plant groups and seems to be working becuase the ludwigis and the wisteria, like I said, are going mad. The lamps have only been on there for about a week and there's already been signifacant growth.
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Cool. By "grow lights" I thought you were referring to the overpriced flourescent bulbs.
So you have 30w flourescent and - what - 55 or 110w incandescent?
Sorry if I'm being thick.
Glad to hear everything is growing nicely for you.
Looks like you are taking a slow and cautious route - good for you.
What is the substrate - all sand, or layered?
I look forward to seeing some clearer photos.
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The substrate is all sand. I forgot to get flourite when I went shopping for the substrate... I can still add it in there, right?
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Sure, you can add it.
A couple of issues to consider - if your materials are of significantly different size, the larger ones will stay on top.
Most people who mix fourite with sand/gravel suggest using at least 50% flourite.
Think of how the colors will look together.

I personally have no experience with sand in planted tanks.
I understand a couple of concerns are that it can compact - impinging root development, and is biologically inert - limiting availability of nutrients to roots.
I think folk have better luck with larger size sand.
And make sure it isn't adding anything undesireable to your water.
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Sure, you can add it.
A couple of issues to consider - if your materials are of significantly different size, the larger ones will stay on top.
Most people who mix fourite with sand/gravel suggest using at least 50% flourite.
Think of how the colors will look together.

I personally have no experience with sand in planted tanks.
I understand a couple of concerns are that it can compact - impinging root development, and is biologically inert - limiting availability of nutrients to roots.
I think folk have better luck with larger size sand.
And make sure it isn't adding anything undesireable to your water.
I know when I moved my one amazon sward last night the roots were huge and nice bright white. Anyways, I'm going to need to remove some of the sand and then add some flourite. Sounds good to me. Thanks.
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