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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-12-2007, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Question forest castle tank

I'm trying to create a forested castle look in my 55 gallon tank but my anacharis is driving me nuts. I was trying to have it look like trees around and behind the castle and in the background but it won't stand up straight and the random roots growing from the middle of it are a pain to keep snipping off. Does anyone have suggestions for another plant that will grow in 2 wpg but look like trees and grow straight up and down?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-12-2007, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Here's some pictures. Sorry they're so fuzzy.
one more question as well: how long are you guessing it will take the glosso to spread and cover the ground? the tank is cycled and slightly overstocked with about 60 inches of fish.





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How about Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis' http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ils.php?id=226
I have several stems of these in the back center of my tank and it looks like a small forest. They grow pretty fast and have a thick stalk. You can make these stems reproduce rather quickly. Put the clippings back in the gravel and the old stalks grow 2 side shoots.
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You can try some rotala.


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To keep them from tipping over and give a more forest-like look, I'd suggest trimming them more. For example, put a new stem in and trim it when it grows a couple inches. Newer stems will grow from the origional trimmed stem and you can cut those when they grow another couple inches from the first cut. Repeat that till you get to the desired height. By the time you get there you should get a thick forest of anacharis.
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thanks james and cah925. I'll look into those.

Shady Milkman: wouldn't that make them top-heavy and more likely to tip?
Also, when I've trimmed in the past, the bottom part of the plant that I've trimmed has stopped growing and just stayed that height and single stock. am I doing something wrong?
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Am I correct in my interpretation that you haven't named your otos and corys?


No comments except I like your castle themed tank!
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nope, our otos and corys all look alike so we didn't name them because we'd never know which was which.

thanks for the compliments.
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You know that castle reminds me of Peache's castle off of Super Smash Brothers Melee. I can just see an elevated part with like tan gravel and some hc or moss to make grass. Oh and a little Toad figurine xD. Love the tank though and I actually like how the Anacharis looks in there.


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