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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-16-2016, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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3rd attempt at my 5.5 gallon

Hi everyone,

I'm new to planted tanks this is my 3rd attempt to get my 5.5 gallon up and running. First one failed horribly to white mold/fungus which I found out doesn't work well in tropical climates. The next got overrun by diatoms because the HC had a hard time rooting to the aqua soil.

I'm doing 50% water change twice a week. I set my lights on a timer for 8 hours. Running my co2 at 1 bps. The MC is doing well, some yellowing at the back of the tank where I lost my patience halfway and just planted in clumps instead of individual stems. So far the repens, pearlweed and flame moss are the fastest growing plants with visible growth in just a week.

Can anyone suggest small plants with small leaves I can put on my drift wood which is looking bare right now? Also what I can change to improve my setup.

Livestock: 5 red cherry shrimp
Plants: Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo', Micranthemum Micranthemoides, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Staurogyne repens, Anubias 'Petite', Taxiphyllum 'Flame',Taxiphyllum 'Flame', Eriocaulon sp. Vietnam
Tank: Up-aqua ultra white 5.5 gallon
Lighting: 1x 16watt 6500k Philips LED
Substrate: Mr. Aqua aquarium soil
Filter: sunsun hw603b
CO2: Pressurized 1 liter with up-aqua glass diffuser
Ferts: flourish excel ???
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-16-2016, 03:23 PM
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wow your tank looks like it's coming along GREAT!

The only thing I can think of to attach to your wood that's not moss would be anubias nana (looks like you've already got this) but if you get a smaller growth the leaves are usually smaller.

you would could look into windelov java, the frilled edges of it give it the impression of small leaves and since it's java it would attach really easily.

Bump: or you could look for peacock or willow moss - they both give more of a "leafy" impression than flame does
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Thank you very much for the feedback. I can't wait for the phoenix moss to cover most of the branches. It's growing way too slow compared to the flame moss. I have to work with so little since its hard to find. Regarding the anubias nana, I hope it's indeed anubias nana not just some smaller version of something else hahaha

I really like how windelov java looks, I hope I could get some over here. I really like how ferns look specially when attached on the main branch of the driftwood. My only concern is its growth? Can I keep trimming the bigger old leaves and just leave the new growth?
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