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Single plant species tanks

Has anyone tried this before and what do you think? I'm currently experimenting with this. My 40 gallon breeder tank so far is dedicated to Crypts only.

I was thinking about setting up a tank experimenting with Rotala Indica, planting it, and just letting it grow crazy all over the place. Maybe give it a trim every now and then.That'd be quite the easy tank. Any thoughts?

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This was similar to how I started in the hobby. I did an all anubis tank and an all Amazon Sword tank. Never did Rotala Indica, but it is fun to see a single plant's full potential.
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I've thought about doing a hygro dedicated tank, just need to find the tank to do it with lol
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There are a few tank atleast in the ipac or whatever the world competition is where the competitors placed rocks and floating islands and used only HC.

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I once did an all moss tank, but it got kind of boring after a while.


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I saw this guy on youtube who did an entire 20 gallon long with just dwarf hairgrass. It grew all over the place into a giant carpet covering the entire tank. Looked pretty sweet.

Only bummer thing about Rotala Indica is because it gets so tall, I think I'd probably trim the front and middle at different varying levels.
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I always wanted to do an all amazon sword tank. Thought it would look really cool

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that would be soo cool because there are somy many types of crypts and colors !!
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Sound like a decent plant to try, give it just enough light to thrive at lower levels of tank and utilize its colors at shallower depths as is reaches out of the tank

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I saw a tank that was lot and lots of Java fern. It had large pieces of wood with the fern attached all along the length, plus lots of fern in the rest of the tank. It looked very good.

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that would be soo cool because there are somy many types of crypts and colors !!
Yeah, but, the problem I'm running into is how to scape properly... Some of the taller kinds aren't readily available around this area, and so I have to make deal with the kinds that I can get and it doesn't quite look right, some are not meant to be background plants I don't think.
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Yeah, but, the problem I'm running into is how to scape properly... Some of the taller kinds aren't readily available around this area, and so I have to make deal with the kinds that I can get and it doesn't quite look right, some are not meant to be background plants I don't think.
Would a shallower tank be out of the question. Making a mid ground work as a background

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Blackheart, do you have a Petsmart nearby?
The Petsmarts near me have cryptocoryne balansae which does grow tall. Mine is growing straight up so I have it as a background plant. It comes in those little packages with the roots in gel and isn't very tall in the package, but it grows pretty well once planted in the tank.

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Oh yeah there is. I've seen them. I thought about picking some up.

And yeah shallower tank is out of the question lol
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Hey Blackheart,
I got an established tank from a friend that was moving that was almost what you are talking about. TONS of Rotala (rotundafolia or indica not sure which) a few other species in there but just a few! This is a shot of the tank just after I got it.


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