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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-23-2007, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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can you have too many plants?

Is it possible to have too many plants in a tank? Right now i have quite a few in my 3g. Java fern,anubia, 3 other types of grass and a moss and another plant that I'm not sure what is. Is there anythign i need to look out for? The tank is pretty packed...
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Yes. If your plants on the bottom are dying, you need to cut some back. Each plant is gonna need some light, good circulation to receive CO2 (shouldn't be hard in a tiny tank).


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Also, you risk having a mish-mash looking tank with no cohesive aesthetic, just a bunch of haphazard plants. Keep it balanced yet lush. Actually, my current aquascape may suffer from the mish-mash approach... we'll see as it grows in.
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My tanks have seriously almost all ended up mish-mashed and overgrown. It can hurt water quality if there is a lot of die off at the bottom. One thing to remember is that photos of people's tanks, like Amano and such, are taken at their peak, just before trimming (usually...not 100%, but usually).
I made the mistake of thinking that if I had a ton of plants, it would look lush. Sometimes just 2 species or even 1 species in a small tank can be very beautiful. Another point is that you don't want the actual plants to take up the whole picture. Not that splash paintings aren't interesting in their own rights, but the canvas of your tank can quickly end up like a bunch of paint spilling on the picture rather than a well thought out Monet.

The best tanks, IMO, are the ones that find the balance between open space, plants, and other aquascaping.
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Thanks for the info! All the plants are getting good light and it doesnt look mish mash right now, I guess ill just wait for everythign to grow in and decide from there.
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