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Plant selection help for this new nano ...

I can not make up my mind on what I should add to this nano. The tank will house RCS in the future but right I'm just looking to add some plants. I had it planted with some trimmings from my main tank but did not like it and just tossed it out. I'm leaning towards a moss tank. Ideas? I will probably be taking out the driftwood on the right as I think its too much.

Tank is a Fluval Spec V with CO2 and a 16" Finnex FugeRay Planted+. Filtration has been modified with a media basket and now actually works.
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Drain that sucker, throw some moss in a blender, cover all of that wood, and do a dry start. Then throw some ar mini in the back corners. That's what i'd do.
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Drain that sucker, throw some moss in a blender, cover all of that wood, and do a dry start. Then throw some ar mini in the back corners. That's what i'd do.
Hi, I'm new to full-on planted tanks. Is a dry start for the purpose of establishing the plants first? Just a guess. Can aquatic plants survive just like a houseplant? I thought most of them could not.
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Found this on web in discussion of Walstad.

Fast, quick growth

Amazon Swordplant (Echinodorus bleheri)
Echinodorus major
Pygmy Chain Sword (Echinodorus tenellus)
Echinodorus "Ozelot"
Dwarf Sag (Sagittaria subulata)
Grass-leaved Arrowhead (Sagittaria graminae )

Take longer to establish but then grow well

Anubias nana
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Cryptocoryne balansaea
Java Fern

Best floating plants for me have been

Water Sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides)
Frog Bit (Limnobium laevigatum)

These stem plants have always done well

Bacopa monnieri (waterhyssop, brahmi, thyme-leafed gratiola, water hyssop, herb of grace, Indian pennywort)
Rotala rotundifolia

Some ideas, anyway. Hope it helps. Lots more ideas on YouTube with these EU aquascape competitions. This video is on nanos ==> http://youtu.be/VxHeIhC1t7Q

Best of luck!
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Drain that sucker, throw some moss in a blender, cover all of that wood, and do a dry start. Then throw some ar mini in the back corners. That's what i'd do.
Yea I pretty much did that last night, minus dry start and moss. I couldn't stand looking at it like that any more.

I removed both pieces of wood, tossed some bog wood with dwarf baby tears on it and put some micro swords around it. There are also a couple mini onions around just for contrast.

I'm going to try and grow a moss wall on the left as well.

I'm not into many of the scapes you see here where it looks like something that should be out of water. I want a more natural and less manicured look.

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Drain that sucker, throw some moss in a blender, cover all of that wood, and do a dry start. Then throw some ar mini in the back corners. That's what i'd do.
Hi, I'm new to full-on planted tanks. Is a dry start for the purpose of establishing the plants first? Just a guess. Can aquatic plants survive just like a houseplant? I thought most of them could not.
A dry start is a way of growing out plants before filling the tank. Its not really like a house plant as you keep the substrate very saturated. I like it for carpets. Here is a good read on it:

http://www.aquaticquotient.com/forum...w-planted-tank
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Neat idea, might have to try the dry start. A little lost on the 'moss in a blender' process though. Do you just slap it on and keep it wet?
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