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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-15-2008, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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My first planted tank

Finally got some plants and a hardscape for my 4 gal. The rocks aren't as cool as some I've seen, but they were the most interesting I could find.

I'm using flourite substrate, plants are java fern and dwarf hairgrass.

Will be setting up a diy co2 system in a few days when my diffuser and tubing arrive.





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put your dwaft hairgrass to the back of the tank and centerpeice your java fern in the middle ( yeah its not really something to centerpeice considering everyone has java fern) but it will do
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I wasn't aware that centerpieces need to be super-rare plants. I use small amazons, hopefully the centerpiece-police doesn't find out and arrest me.

My experience with dwarf hairgrass has not been a positive one. It grows nicely, but there is nothing dwarfish about it. Definitely too tall as a foreground plant in my 15g. Cutting it is a pain, so I'll probably ditch it for some clover.


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true - center peices do not have to be rare but definatly something your proud of or an idea you feel you have to accomplish with your given tank
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Yeah, but remember that this is a first-time planted tank. Keeping those buggers alive should be an accomplishment in itself. It definitely was for me.


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I agree, I think the java fern would look better as a center piece. Also, what kind of heater are you using, if any?
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I don't intend to keep the hairgrass as my foreground...but I've got nothing else for now and figured I'd try and grow it wherever. Would it be smart to move it all to the back or would that be a little difficult for me?

As for the fern, I'm guessing you all mean to center it between the rocks and plant it behind them?

..and the heater is absent for now. My apartment stays pretty warm, the tank is at about 79 degrees. I might not even have to get one over the winter, the college really cranks the heat up.
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I think it looks great like it is. I dont have a "center" plant. I think if you like it then that is what counts.
Mine all look like jungles have no planing but the fish are happy. All my friends are all non tank people and they think I am a genius. lol

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
One non planted tanks. 75 gallon.
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