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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-22-2018, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Plant selection suggestions

For a while Iíve been thinking about starting a new tank but have been putting it off. Till I found this piece of wood.

I am now starting a tank designed around it. I think it has a ton of character. You can see rocks that the wood grew around.





So right now I have it soaking to try and water log it. My question is about the plant selection. I have a bow front tank Iíll be using and I want it somewhat heavily planted.

I donít want the plants to detract from the wood. Since the wood will take up the majority of the middle ground what would you suggest for the back and foreground?

It will be have a dirt substrate, capped with river pebbles. No CO2. I havenít picked out a light yet.

I was thinking something to grow in the crevices of the would could provide some interest. Iím also wanted some dense tall background plants. A type of Val perhaps?

Final question is where do you order your plants from? My lfs barely carries anything anymore because ďno one does live plantsĒ.

Itís frustrating to have to go the mail order route with not knowing which places have quality plants.

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I did and there was no bubbling


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I definitely would put some Val behind the wood. What kind of scape are you partial to? If you want to make the wood - which I might add is spectacular - pop, then maybe have Val and some other tall stem plant species of rotala or ludwigia behind it, and the rest of the tank's plants fairly low, whether that be a carpet plant or somethin like dwarf sag. Any moss, anubias, or buce would fit well in any crevice.
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With something that big it's limitless what u could do especially since got a 55g. I had a piece about that size in my 37g

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Try these sites they're in California but they have great shipping
buceplant.com
glassaqua.com
Jacobsaquarium.com
Also research aqua scaping stuff on YouTube u can find a lot of vendors

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I definitely would put some Val behind the wood. What kind of scape are you partial to? If you want to make the wood - which I might add is spectacular - pop, then maybe have Val and some other tall stem plant species of rotala or ludwigia behind it, and the rest of the tank's plants fairly low, whether that be a carpet plant or somethin like dwarf sag. Any moss, anubias, or buce would fit well in any crevice.


Thanks. Iíve never grown dwarf sag. How badly can I mess that up. I was thinking about a few small pieces of Anubias tucked here and there.


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Try these sites they're in California but they have great shipping
buceplant.com
glassaqua.com
Jacobsaquarium.com
Also research aqua scaping stuff on YouTube u can find a lot of vendors

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Thanks.
I looked at a lot of videos but Iím never 100% sure since several of them got the plants for free from them.


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With something that big it's limitless what u could do especially since got a 55g. I had a piece about that size in my 37g

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Awesome piece. Love what you did with it


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