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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 03:49 AM
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First, I have had HC much thicker than that and it never wanted to float. However, I have also had it float around that thickness but it took a lot of time. You could cut it down completely to the substrate and it should continue to root more strongly, without having to hold much down. It's a plant you can trim very aggressively. I got out of the hobby when Monte Carlo took over, I did one tank that was short lived and now I am trying it on a new tank. It really seems very similar to HC, but grows more quickly and has bigger leaves. I don't think it will be any easier to deal with, I don't know that it is less likely to pull up or no, but it certainly wasn't easier to trim, plus it grows more quickly.

I say that because I personally like the HC and it gives a nice scale. I think a bigger carpeting plant may look off, depending. The one thing that would give a different look, without heavy maintenance is Dwarf Hair Grass Belem, one of my favorites. You just let it keep growing until it grows over itself and then you pull a bunch up and replant (or I do).

The main thing I would consider is tall stems instead of the Staurogyne. It looks nice and healthy but something that grows above the hardscape would give the tank a different look, much more options with color, and I personally feel would look great, especially with your heater being covered up.

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@talontsiawd, Eleocharis sp.'mini' is similar to Dwarf Hairgrass Belem without the added the maintenance.

I agree would add a nice perspective to the tank. I have already decided that Eleocharis sp.'mini' will replace my HC 'Cuba'.

One of my problems is; I fly for work, sometimes, a week or two at a time. Eleocharis sp.'mini' might be what I am looking for.

As for Stem plants any suggestions? I can literally grow anything in this tank so options are always good. If I could find an inline heater small enough to retro fit into my Eheim 2211 I'd be happy and remove one more piece of equipment out of the tank.

I have extra Seiryu Stones, so hardscape is not a problem, it's finding the right locations for some of these plants.

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Stargrass, or H.zosterfolia would work wonders to soften things up. Place back where the heater is and let it grow tall(ish) behind the Spiderwood as well. Still wishing to keep the Staurogyne (fast growing plants help with nutrient uptake) and move the A.reineckii in front of the Stargrass.

I know the drawing is simplistic, but it gives a good idea of a much more improved layout (plant wise). I do plan to add more rocks but keep the Spiderwood and Blyxa where they are.

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Wow, it's been a while since I updated, here is what the tank looks like as of yesterday at 3:05pm:



As you can see I am now using the Blyxa as focal point of the tank (I love how the leaves change color the closer to the light it gets). My Buce has really taken off and I can't remember a time where it didn't flower. Seems to do this constantly now.

Hairgrass needs a bit of a trim, but that will be this weekend. Looking at removing the A.reineckii 'roseafolia' as it was shaded out by the Hygro for enough time to stunt it. I plan to replace it with H.pinnatifida in the substrate and up the rocks at the side and call it a day.

Loads of little bubbles, that's the CO2, but this tank has proven its worth and I enjoy looking at it, getting lost.

I need more Chili rasboras (at least 10 more) and tons of Shrimp as buying only Males is counterproductive to keeping a colony going.

That white CO2 tubing needs to be replaced with the black tubing and eventually get my butt in gear to setup the external bubble counter and put in the atomizer. But I believe the tank has really grown in something I am pretty darn proud of.

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Monday, after my trim-o-rama on the Hairgrass I'll post some updated pictures. I have the feelers out for the Hygrophila pinnatifida.

I'm one of those people when I want something specific that was popular, it's almost impossible to find. When I decide to find an alternative, a week later, I will be tripping over the original item I was looking for. I accept it. Makes for great stories.

Another massive Snail cull this weekend.

I'm feeling MTS slowly creeping in again. That's a good thing.

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Click on the above link, last page.

Picture and some updated thoughts, really considering losing the hairgrass. Would think it would make a stunning constrast, dark grey/black soil versus green...

I think it's about time I start a journal.

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