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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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Tons of anacharis for background and dwarf sag for carpet. Good?

So I am thinking of just having tons of anacharis in the background. In the middle and foreground just cover/carpet the tank with tons of dwarf sag.
  • 29G Tank
  • T5HO running one bulb 24W, but could increase to 48W.
  • 8 hour photoperiod divided in 2 sessions with a siesta.
  • Planning to dose with excel. DIY co2 was too inconsistent for me. CANT get pressurized for personal reasons, just cant.
  • Got all my dry ferts (macro, micro, gh booster)
  • Eco-complete

Btw, how do you guys prevent the anacharis - any tall plant for that matter - from being blown all over by the output. I have a canister filter and the current sweeps across the tank (left to right) rather than from back to front.

Aesthetically pleasing? Good idea?
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Anacharis is one of those plants that doesn't like Excel. It will get used to it, to some extent, if you start with low doses, but it can kill it.
Flow is one of those things you have to mess with, to make it work like you want it. I have a single return in the center of the tank, so the plants can grow tall without being overtaken by the flow.

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keep us updated! i've always loved the look of anacharis but never really seen it used on here yet.
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Ughhh. Any talls plants like anacharis that I can use for the background and that tolerates excel 100%?
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I'm sure there are many. Here are a few that are pretty hardy.

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...as&spec=rotala

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ils.php?id=103

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/my...acopa_monnieri

Standard 10 Gallon (20 x12x12).
Low tech, Sand substrate.
Eheim 2211, and Aqueon Quietflow 10.
Finnex Stingray LED, 20" above substrate
2 Anubias Nana Petite, Christmas moss.
4 Halequin Rasborahs, 5 RCS.
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I decided to go with hairgrass and microsword for carpet and rotala indica for my background.

Do you guys think this will work with excel? Did a brief research and didn't find any negatives.
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I think those plants will grow with Excel. However, I am not positive that Excel works well in high light aquariums as the only carbon source, but I could be wrong.

Standard 10 Gallon (20 x12x12).
Low tech, Sand substrate.
Eheim 2211, and Aqueon Quietflow 10.
Finnex Stingray LED, 20" above substrate
2 Anubias Nana Petite, Christmas moss.
4 Halequin Rasborahs, 5 RCS.
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I guess I could supplement with DIY CO2. Got 2 2L bottles and 2 nutrafin bottles+ladder lying around.
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I decided to go with hairgrass and microsword for carpet and rotala indica for my background.

Do you guys think this will work with excel? Did a brief research and didn't find any negatives.
Hairgrass and Microsword will grow into each other and tangle and mix together, not saying this is bad just make sure this is what you want. Also to clarify Anacharis doesn't really root is best grown floating and it prefers low lighting. Rotala Rotundafolia is great for background it grows fast and is very easy to propagate.
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I'll plant hairgrass on one side and microsword on the other. I wasn't sure if any of them are going to do well. So I will throw out or move to another tank whatever doesnt grow well.
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Anyways, here it is. Day 1. Just finished planting so there's a bunch of stuff floating around.

Waiting for the java moss to come through the mail so I can attach it to the driftwood.

Will add a black background soon.

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