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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-29-2007, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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So... Have a 29 G Tank that was set about 8 months ago. Right now I have an undergravel heater(which looks terrible), my substrate is Eco-complete, I am running DIY CO2 which I recharge about once a week and I have a Current 2x65W PC Light on top. My plants are Myrio, Red Rotala, Java Moss, Java Fern, some sort of vallisinera and recently I purchased two mats of riccia fluitans on ebay. All are doing well with the exception of the Myrio, as it seems to die off at the bottom. I have diagnosed that as being a result of being planted too closely together, causing them to "release" their lower leaves so as to grow higher to compete for light/nutrients. I plan to remedy this by spacing them out a bit. My problems are as follows:

1) What do I do now with the Riccia?? I expected it to look much better on my substrate, but its not exactly what I thought. I have a large piece of driftwood already covered in java moss and doing well. I'd originally planned a carpet but you can see how that worked out. I'll take any suggestions here.

2) As you may or may not be able to see, I have a large area of bare substrate in the back right corner. What would you put there?

3) How do I cover that hideous looking undergravel heater?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-30-2007, 12:49 AM
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First of all, your tank looks really good! I like it
1) maybe nestle the mesh down into the substrate about a centimeter, to hide it, and see what happens
2) I would look for a stem plant with a texture that differs from the other background. perhaps something tall that mimics/ mirrors, the broader leaves of the plant in the right foreground.
3) for the heater, maybe just spread those background plants out a bit more and be patient to let them grow to disguise it.
good luck, looks great. I like your DIY set up.
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Thanks! I appreciate the kind words. I'm pretty happy with it so far as its my first planted tank. More questions for anyone who knows... When should I trim the riccia? Also, can I "replant" the trimmings? Thanks again for all the help, suggestions!
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sure you can replant riccia's trimming over and over again. just becareful if it gets thick, the bottom will turn brown and then you'll have a mess in your tank.

btw, i really like the horizontal driftwood.


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Thank you thank you for the kind words. I guess I'll be keeping the riccia short. That driftwood was a lucky find, thats for sure.
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Heres a new pic, different angle. What do you folks think?


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I added two new fish to the tank. Does this look like a male/female combo or two males??

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