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I set up my tank today -- here's what it looks like so far.



Java fern, java moss, moneywort, anubias petite, staurogyne repens

Any suggestions on layout or anything else? Etc I don't really know how to propagate my staurogyne repens so it forms a good carpet.
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I set up my tank today -- here's what it looks like so far.



Java fern, java moss, moneywort, anubias petite, staurogyne repens

Any suggestions on layout or anything else? Etc I don't really know how to propagate my staurogyne repens so it forms a good carpet.
Do you use co2 or anything ? Wanting to get my low tech desktop 6 gal going


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Propagating is fairly easy - just cut the top of the plant off and push it into the substrate until you have a full carpet


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Looks good so far! As the anubias grows, you can gradually divide the rhizome and tie it onto the wood if you'd like. Just be careful of it getting algae-fied. They tend to do that, but many types of algae just wipe off with gentle rub.
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Do you use co2 or anything ? Wanting to get my low tech desktop 6 gal going


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No I don't use co2 -- why? I talked to someone local about it and they told me not to try co2 in such a small tank cause I might just end up killing all the fauna.
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No I don't use co2 -- why? I talked to someone local about it and they told me not to try co2 in such a small tank cause I might just end up killing all the fauna.
I had no idea if that was something necessary in a smaller tank setup or not. Total newbie. I have a fluval edge 6 gal just sitting on my desk waiting for me to do something with it lol!

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co2 won't be necessary for those plants. I might suggest Excel as a substitute if you get algae issues after new tank syndrome, but you should be fine without it.
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1 observation here. It looks like the tank is right by a window. You may want to move the tank to an area without direct sunlight.

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1 observation here. It looks like the tank is right by a window. You may want to move the tank to an area without direct sunlight.

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Is there a particular reason why? I can always keep the blinds closed!
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Is there a particular reason why? I can always keep the blinds closed!
You will more than like end up with algae issues.

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Might consider spreading the moss out more. Sometimes the lower part of the thick sections will die off. It will also spread and attach better if you spread it out a bit.
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I'm going to be putting together a desk tank here at work in the coming weeks, following.
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Propagating is fairly easy - just cut the top of the plant off and push it into the substrate until you have a full carpet


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Also, if the light is good enough, they'll branch and spread out their own side shoots. Above the substrate.

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Looks good so far! As the anubias grows, you can gradually divide the rhizome and tie it onto the wood if you'd like. Just be careful of it getting algae-fied. They tend to do that, but many types of algae just wipe off with gentle rub.
I have an anubias petite growing pretty densely that I'm considering cutting. Will the rhizome continue to get longer if I do? I like the current spread of the plant.

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Is there a particular reason why? I can always keep the blinds closed!
Algae could result, but if it's not a huge problem in the long run, you can leave it. With a small tank like that, moving it would be much easier, so if you end up with problems just act accordingly!

My 20g is close to a window, and it gets a bit of sun, even with the shades closed. Right now it's fine, but if algae starts to be a problem, I'll be forced to change something. Looks cool for now, but it's worth it to know what problems to expect!
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