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First High Tech tank, any suggestions?

I have decided to start a planted tank, i am going high tech right from the start. I am dosing PPS-PRO, i have a Finnex Ray 2 in a 55g, i am getting about 50 PAR on the substrate. The substrate is Eco-Complete. I will be injecting CO2 via a rex grigg style reactor. I will post a picture of the tank in a reply to this. What plants would be good for what my setup is?

Bump: I Have about $100 to spend on plants

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This sounds really fun

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Which plants depends heavily on what style of tank you want to run. Are you wanting to run a simple zen style iwagumi tank? A nature style tank with mountain scapes, faux trees, or an island type scape? Or are you wanting to do a plant dense dutch style tank with minimal hardscape? Your goal/vision will really determine what kind of plants you should go for


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I want my only hardscape to be a couple pieces of driftwood
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Staurogyne repens is a very forgiving and excellent looking beginner carpeting plant. I would definitely start there

As far as stem type plants, I really like reds. Ludwigia Arcuata, ludwigia peruensis, Limnophilia aromatica, Alternanthera Reineckii are good choices though some more difficult than others. I've had explosive growth from Limnophilia sessiflora, bacopa Carolina, downoii, and rotala rotundifolia as well for green stem plants. Just some ideas for you.


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Which plants depends heavily on what style of tank you want to run. Are you wanting to run a simple zen style iwagumi tank? A nature style tank with mountain scapes, faux trees, or an island type scape? Or are you wanting to do a plant dense dutch style tank with minimal hardscape? Your goal/vision will really determine what kind of plants you should go for
Any chance there's a good thread or site with photo examples of each of these types of tanks? I'm apparently going dutch-style with my new setup... would love to see a few examples of this style done well, and to get ideas for future tanks.
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Honestly. Copy and paste those species in Google and you'll get good representative pics. I hate to pull the google it card because it's annoying when people do that but I'm on my phone and don't have time immediately to look up good build and journal examples of those but I can show you some of my favorite tanks on here that use those plants later on if I have a minute. You can look at my journal in my signature and see my progress with some of those as well. AR is a challenging plant that some people grow amazingly with no effort, but others struggle with despite perfect parameters. I struggle with it. My biggest wish list plant right now is the ludwigia Arcuata


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You can grow anything with a Ray 2. My suggestion would be to start with the light elevated from water level and slowly work your way down.

If not, you are going to have lots of algae until you get your co2 dialed in just right.

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https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=731794

This journal has been one of the most educational and inspirational threads for me in this hobby. This thread along with some of tom Barrs journals have pretty much guided me to the direction my tank is. I tend to favor the densely planted, composed and colorful look of a Dutch type aquascape, over the Ada nature style look.


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