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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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First planted tank advice

Hey guys, I am about to start setting up my first planted tank, in a 40B. This is what I am thinking about for my hardscape. I am planning on raising the rocks up on 3" of styrofoam. It will have eheim 2217 filter, 100W heater, and 2 solormax HE T5 lights, no CO2. I am planning on using fluorite black sand as my substrate, black background.
Was hoping you guys can give me some suggestions/pointers on my hardscape/general plant advice. Also was hoping for maybe some suggestions on plants/aquascape for a first timer that you think would look good in my tank and that I hopefully won't kill right away.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 05:41 PM
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If your looking for hardy plants try anubias, java fern, and java moss. You can decorate the driftwood by attaching the java fern and anubias to it. The moss should be tied to the rock, so it can anchor itself and grow on the rock. Use fishing line or cotton thread to tie the plants. Amazon sword as background plant and maybe dwarf sag for foreground. You can check out some rotalas and hygrophilas too.
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Looks good! If you can, I would float the wood in some water for a month before attempting to start the tank. The wood will probably float loose and make a mess. Floating it will let it absorb water, and the likely hood of it coming loose will drop.

Marsilea quadrifolia works great in low light, it gets a single lobe leaf and spreads well. It would look pretty nice filling in the right front of the tank near the rock. behind that, a small sword or crypt would look good along the right side. A taller sword in the far back right corner might look nice as well as Java fern attached to the rock, or even leaving it uncovered would look nice. Some moss along one of the branches could make a nice focal point. The wood is going to look great when it is waterlogged, the color should be good.

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