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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-20-2004, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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I really like this aquascape...

http://www.adana.co.kr/images/e/13.jpg

And I want to do something like this im my tank. Looking at the pic I found some plants that seem to fit.

Background: Dwarf Sagittaria, Val.

Midground: Java Fern, Windelov's Fern, Coffee Leaf Anubias, Brown Wendtii Crypt and Giant Anubias (in the back)
A lot of these plants would be on the driftwood with some java moss.

Foreground: Dwarf Anubias, Afzeli Anubias.

Now. For my setup I want to have playsand as a substrate and I will put a bag or florite mixed with sand along the back for the vals and crypts. These plants all seem pretty hardy. There will be some big pieces of driftwood. I will have JUST under 3 watts per gallon with a 55 gallon tank. Co2 will be DIY from 2 pop bottles (diffused by homemade reactor or filter intake. The water will be very soft. Am I on the right track? Do you have and suggestions on the plants or equipment?


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2004, 04:12 AM
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In the pic of the tank that you are using for inspiration, there are some bolbitis heudelotti on the left that you did not mention. Its a plant thats not to difficult to find and you tie it on driftwood just like Java and anubias.
I believe this is an african river biotope style tank, those are congo tetras in there and all the plants in there are African native plants. Cool idea!
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It is a nice looking tank, the only change you might want to consider is the CO2 source... DIY on a 55 gallon is not very efficient, especially with "very soft" water as you say. Everything else sounds like its a go...
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Personally, I cannot see in Java ferns in there. This is a W.African biotope.

Plants-
Vallisneria v. 'Crystal'...I'm not sure about this one?
Aponogeton ulvaceus...you could do without this one, it doesn't make the aquascape any better in the picture.
Anubias barteri v 'Caladiifolia'
Anubias nana
Anubias nana v 'Petite'
Bolbitus heudelotii
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Thanks... what kind of fish would fit the biotope? Would any tetras? I want to have lots of smaller fish.

I was thinking:
cories
a pair of kribs
a school of tetras
maybe a pair of angels?


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How about a school of Congo Tetras? And a pair of Kribs...
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