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Wink 20 gallon Long journal

ok heres a picture of my 20 long that i have. tell me of what you think about it for now or any suggestions. my substrates are regular black gravel on the bottom layer then i have a bag of flourite black on top. i just have java fern in there now. but i am planning to buy some java moss, anubias and more java fern next week maybe. i am going to make this a low-light tank.






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if you ever go high light you'll have a great hardscape to plant around
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So you did make a journal! Good stuff
You hard scape looks great. I really love your drift wood. Are you planning to tie some Java Moss on it? That would look really nice.
Are you thinking about putting in any stem plants in the back? And what about a foreground plant?
Can't wait to see this move along.


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So you did make a journal! Good stuff
You hard scape looks great. I really love your drift wood. Are you planning to tie some Java Moss on it? That would look really nice.
Are you thinking about putting in any stem plants in the back? And what about a foreground plant?
Can't wait to see this move along.
yeah i am planning to tie some moss and java fern on the driftwood once i get some. foregound plants.....i dont know if i am going to have foreground plants. do you know any foreground plants that are low light? i dont want to make this a high llight tank because i already have a 10 gallon high light. im planning on making this a low light tank.
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yeah i am planning to tie some moss and java fern on the driftwood once i get some. foregound plants.....i dont know if i am going to have foreground plants. do you know any foreground plants that are low light? i dont want to make this a high llight tank because i already have a 10 gallon high light. im planning on making this a low light tank.
Dwarf sags or marsilea sp. are both pretty low light. Dwarf sags aren't very "dwarf" though. The marsilea sp. looks right nice once it's grown out.


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Dwarf sags aren't very "dwarf" though.
I see people saying this quite often, and I've been meaning to take issue with this for a while now. I guess here's my chance! I've always used dwarf sag since my first planted tank, and it has always stayed very short. It makes me wonder if sometimes people think they have dwarf sag when really it's not? I don't know. I'm gonna go grab a picture right now, to show what I'm talking about...

Okay, here's a picture of dwarf sag in a 10 gallon. Looks pretty dwarf, n'est-ce pas?




And here's a picture of it in a 2.5g nano with low lighting:




And they never get any bigger than this. So I'm confused why people say dwarf sag gets tall?
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I see people saying this quite often, and I've been meaning to take issue with this for a while now. I guess here's my chance! I've always used dwarf sag since my first planted tank, and it has always stayed very short. It makes me wonder if sometimes people think they have dwarf sag when really it's not? I don't know. I'm gonna go grab a picture right now, to show what I'm talking about...

Okay, here's a picture of dwarf sag in a 10 gallon. Looks pretty dwarf, n'est-ce pas?




And here's a picture of it in a 2.5g nano with low lighting:




And they never get any bigger than this. So I'm confused why people say dwarf sag gets tall?
Hmm.. that is quite puzzling. I personally haven't grown it before, but in all the tanks I've looked at I hear people saying that it grows tall. Even in the Plant Profiles it states that it gets tall. You might be right that people just aren't getting the dwarf version. I'm not sure but I guess your tanks are proof that it does stay dwarf. Sorry for the mistake!


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do you know where i can get marsilea sp.? it looks beautiful i think. or do you think i should plant this tank or not?
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This is Dwarf Sag in eyebeatbadger's tank:


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Thanks alot ZooTycoonMaster!! i will look at s&s soon.
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ok heres my tank. i decided that i am going to make this a java moss tank. i just put that anubias in there because it was getting bba from my other tank. hope you like it!!! any comments or suggestions?
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Yes. What did you do with the Java Fern? I really liked it. lol... but then I'm a pretty big fan of java fern when it's all grown in. (I wish it would do that for me)

otherwise, I'm really jealous of your incredibly simple, elegant hardscape.
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Yes. What did you do with the Java Fern? I really liked it. lol... but then I'm a pretty big fan of java fern when it's all grown in. (I wish it would do that for me)

otherwise, I'm really jealous of your incredibly simple, elegant hardscape.
lol thanks for the comment Mangala i put the java fern into my 10 gallon planted tank because i didnt like how it looked in my 20gallon long.
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Well, good luck! I was never quite able to get java moss to do anything for me....... but then I never had Mr. Clean the incredible bristlenose pleco before, who I just noticed takes extra care to clean anything and everything off of my mosses... (he doesn't eat the mosses) so maybe this time they'll do something and turn out nice. If you treat that java fern right, it'll totally take over your 10 gallon. (or, well, really it'll take over anything short of a pond... but that's what pruning is for!)

Anyway, it'll look really fantastic in a few months! Be sure and keep us posted.
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your tank looks so nice! are you gonna add more plants other than mosses? if not its still gonna look nice and elegant, especially when that moss grows in. s00per jealous of that amazing looking piece of driftwood!
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