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210 gallon Amazon theme suggestions

My 210g has been up and running since November, but I've only had enough lighting to barely support anubias until now. I just purchase a MH/T5HO fixture and am ready to put my planted tank plans into action.

I am planning on doing an Amazon theme to go along with my South American cichlids. I'd like to do a variety of swords, anubias and hairgrass. I'd also like to work in some mangrove, but I need to find a way to make it look good sticking out of the tank. I've got some interesting driftwood to work with, but it may be too much. I like "branchier" driftwood but have trouble finding it. The existing wood has lots of places to tuck some anubias.

The tank is 72"x24"x29" and I have a sand substrate. No CO2 for now, but that will probably be the next investment.

Any ideas? Anything else you'd recommend that would go with the theme? Any specific types of swords/anubias?

Does anyone have any pics of some great Amazon tanks?

Thanks!

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You know that Anubias is African, right?

Some other South American plants include:

Stargrass (get CO2 first)
Ludwigias
Vallisnerias
Najas
Pistia
Salvinia

I think you should look at the chain swords, there's quite a few species that you can mix for a nice look.

Here's a really good article on an oxbow lake biotope at mongabay: http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope_oxbow_peru.htm





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I didn't really even think about anubias origins...I've always liked the look on driftwood but might reconsider it since it's not true to the biotope.
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here are some south american plants
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...tfinder/go.php
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Brazilian Pennywort is a nice plant for your 'tope. Grows fast and doesn't require tons of light. Other than that, keep looking for the branchy driftwood .

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You know that Anubias is African, right?

Some other South American plants include:

Stargrass (get CO2 first)
Ludwigias
Vallisnerias
Najas
Pistia
Salvinia

I think you should look at the chain swords, there's quite a few species that you can mix for a nice look.

Here's a really good article on an oxbow lake biotope at mongabay: http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope_oxbow_peru.htm
If you get vallisnerias, and really want it South American, make sure it is a South American species, as there are some Asian ones.

Dwarf hairgrass is found almost world-wide

Cabomba Furcata is native to Central and South America. The other species are found in North America.
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thanks for the advice. I love the plantfinder site!
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