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Ok so i have a tank like this and want to try and get it to look like this one so have some questions:

What is that plants on the left side that is grown like a bush?

Also how can i get my plants to grow in this circular shape?

Also what is that plant on the leftand what is the red plant?

Thanks everyone

 

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Hello Drifty,

The plant on the left side shape like a round bush is pearl grass I think. http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...ails.php?id=33&category=genus&spec=Hemianthus

You can simply mow this plant like grass and achieve the shape you like.

The plant next to it that is lighter green is harder to tell from this picture. It could be many things. Possibly Rotala nanjenshan. http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...details.php?id=169&category=genus&spec=Rotala

The red plant in the back left would most likely be Rotala Rotundifolia. http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/plantfinder/details.php?id=39&category=genus&spec=Rotala

If you look closely on the left there is a different red plant in front of the rotala rotundifolia. It is red and gold. I imagine it could be rotala hippuris> not sure on the spelling.

The red on the right looks to be Limnophila Aromatica http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...ails.php?id=98&category=genus&spec=Limnophila


Good luck in your project. This is a nice looking tank. I have good luck with rotalas myself. Most plants in this tank look to be easier ones to me. I have kept most of the plants in this tank successfully. It takes time to learn how to prune and get the proper amount of plants in their respective areas. This lesson I am still trying to master.


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thanks for the info i am still a bit uncertain on how to get the bush like scape. Like how many should i plant of ea. plant?
 

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With Hemianthius micranthemoides keep trimming it back until it forms a near carpet. Then let the stems grow out, but trim them back every few weeks so that you get branching at every few internodes. This thickens it out and makes it shrubby. It's a nutrient hog, so if you have light, co2 and nitrate, put them on full blast. When you get it to the desired volume you can literally sculpt the shape of it like a topiary.
 
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