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29gal planted tank (low tech) (updated 7/27)

Hello I'd like to share pictures of my newly set up 29gal tank. It's a very low tech set up at this point.

Tank details: 29gal (painted back)
Lighting: 36w coralife fixture
Substrate: fluorite black 30lbs
Filtration: Emperor 280 with baffle.

Livestock:
3 Cherry Barbs
3 Leopard Danios
1 Halfmoon Betta
1 Bristlnose Pleco

Plants:
Anubius Nana, Anubius Wide Leaf, Anubius Coffefolia
Wisteria
Java Fern
Java moss
Bacopa Pink
Dwarf Sagittarius

Here are some pictures of what I have going on. I'm looking around for some more plants to put in back of tank and some foreground plants. I like the piece of driftwood I have in tank. I'm not sure if I should leave the java moss on it because I know over time it will end up taking over the entire piece.






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Wow! now that's a betta! I'm a fan of the dark substrate, it reminds me of the bottom of a dark little river. Once those plants start to fill out the space it's going to look even better. I'm not sure about the rock though, it looks a little out of place...
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I think that's going to look really good once the plants grow. I too like dark substrate, even though I haven't got any.
The Betta has lovely colour and fins, I'd be proud to own him.
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I had to go with the dark cause I've seen other substrates and I felt that the black contrasting with the greenery and driftwood would look great.
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Your betta has pretty fin and colour.The tank is going to look good when the java moss covers wood.
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That betta is stunning.

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here are a couple new pictures of my tank. I've since gotten rid of my pleco since he was tearing up the plants, added some gold tetras and a couple octocinclus'. I'm hoping that the octo's will eat up the algae which has started to drown out the javamoss. I recently bought a new red plant but not sure of the name of it is however I've learned that its pretty brittle; I've been finding bits of it all over the tank...




any critiques or suggestions are welcome..
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Looks good so far. Any ideas what you want to use for a foreground?


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I assume that the brittle plant is the one you're centered on here. It looks like a plant that I encountered once. It's parrot's feather. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/my...aquaticum.html
If you feel that it doesn't look the same, I'd venture to say that it was grown out of water, and incidentally, it's also the reason that it's melting everywhere. If I'm right, you'll start to see the new growth featuring a much thinner stem and wispier leaves. As mine progressed, the original style leaves kept growing, but smaller and shorter, and then finally the new ones came in, small at first, but then bigger and longer. It looked like a funky hourglass.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure you'll have much success with it. In my tank with medium light and CO2 it lasted a few months and then just couldn't grow much anymore. The tops would grow, but the bottom leaves never stayed, and always shed, making the plant have bare stalks.

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I recently bought a new red plant but not sure of the name of it is however I've learned that its pretty brittle; I've been finding bits of it all over the tank...




any critiques or suggestions are welcome..
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Looks great and your betta is stunning.

My planted tank. 55 gallon fluorite substrate over soil, 64 watts of light, excel twice a week. Weekly water changes. Angelfish pair, guppies, BN plecos and otos. Redone 11/13/2012
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very good questions.. suggestions are accepted. I've considered many but so far what I've found locally requires high light. I'm working with around 1.20 wpg.

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Looks good so far. Any ideas what you want to use for a foreground?
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