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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-18-2014, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for suggestions

About a year ago I decided to add plants to my 29g tank community tank. I bought a variety of plants from a forum member including:
Hygrophila Corymbosa ‘angustifolia’
Limnophila Aromatica
Myriophyllum Mattogrossense
Ludwigia Repens
Ludwigia "Red" hybrid
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Rosaefolia'
Hemianthus Glomeratus (baby tear)
Micrantherum umbrosum "Monte Carlo"

Of those, the Myriophyllum Mattogrossense has done really well. The HG baby tear has done very well. I frequently find myself cutting these two back to prevent overgrowth, and I have decided that I only like the HG in relatively small doses.

Oh, and I also have two Petco/PetSmart anubias plants - one on a rock and one on a log. They have both done really well.

The Ludwigia Repens has done well (no hint of red, though). The Micrantherum umbrosum ground cover has grown slowly, but steadily.

The Hygrophila Corymbosa ‘angustifolia’ continues to grow, but does not seem particularly robust. I have split it one or two times, but it is definitely not as robust as the ones mentioned prior.

Everything else died off within a few months (
Limnophila Aromatica, Ludwigia "Red" hybrid and Alternanthera Reineckii 'Rosaefolia').

Within about two or three months I went from using just ferts to ferts + Fluorish Excel, and I have continued dosing with Excel.

You can find two pictures of the tank below.

So here's my question - I have started to itch to do a bit more with the tank. Now that I've been dosing with Excel, maybe I take a go at one of the red plants, again?? I'd like to add some kind of focal point plant.
I would also be interested to hearing plantscaping suggestions that anyone has.

I have debated going the route of full CO2, but I'm not sure I want to add to my workload. Fert/Excel dosing and WCs are about all I want to do with the tank on a regular basis.

Thanks for your inputs.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-21-2014, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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No suggestions, huh?
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-21-2014, 04:12 PM
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You didn't exactly specify what you wanted a suggestion about.
I don't do CO2 for the same reason you don't plus I can not add to what I am spending now on this.
It sounds like you lost the plants/w the highest light requirements. Unless you want the extra work, you will just need to stick to med light plants.
I think the plants which are in there look great. If that anubias in the front has not gotten any GSA on the leaves it is likely that you have lower light than med.
I had two T8 bulbs @ roughly 10.5" from the sub and my Nana Petete and Java Fern kept getting GSA till they wouldn't grow. I took out one bulb and they each have new leaves on them now.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-21-2014, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you - that is right along the lines of the info I was looking for ... i.e. what was it about the other plants that didn't work for me.

For lighting, I use a 36W 10000K bulb. I haven't read much about the various form of algae - I get a little bit of green (GSA?) on the sides of the glass, and I have seen some modest amount of algae on the anubias, but nothing crazy.

Are there any pretty, red plants that would do well in this environment that I could use for a focal plant?
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