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Help me win this RAOK

This is my first planted tank and I'm really proud of it aside, from my scapeing abilities. its been running for about 2 months and ive recently come out of a long battle with hair algae.

Tank Specs:
2X39W T5HO
Paintball CO2
EI Ferts
Eco Complete mixed with Fluorite red for the substrate

Scape
I really like what i have done with the left side, the right side not so much. for my scape i want to try and do something like this http://rainforesteco.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/forest-edge.jpg except the trees will be on the left. i think another member on here was trying to go for something similar.

Plants
what type of carpeting plant would work best in my tank? ive tied micro swords with no luck. now im trying my hand at DHG but, only some nodes seem to be growing. i think my substrate is too big for the little stem to push out. maybe UG or HC might work?


Let me know what you guys think. leave me any suggestions you guys have and help me win this roak:icon_bigg




FTS



Left Side



Right Side



and some tank mates just for fun


Pencil Fish




Oto and Bristle Nose Pleco




Orange Australe Killifish






Female


Apistogramma Cauctoides








Female










Kribensis








Note The only things done to these pictures was correct exposure and Brightness.
 

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I would trade the coconut for a small pile of rocks for a cave.

I would get rid of the orange gravel, to me it distracts from the orange in your fish

I agree the left side looks great, the right side to me just looks as if it need to grow in some.
 

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The too large gravel in my tank is distracting to me, bet the two toned substrate is bothering you! Once there is good cover it won't bother you but until then.........

The stems in the right corner would be nice if you arranged them into more of a bush that is as broader than it is tall. As it is they look a little forlorn. Or plant one of the hygrophilas around it to blend it to the lower stuff.

I like your round thing on the right but it looks very lonesome. If you found half a dozen more in varying sizes, put a couple near the wood and arrange the others on the right hand side.
 

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The orange stuff is actually crushed fluorite that was mixed in with Eco complete and yes it is a distraction. I've been meaning to get rid of it but, I would need a couple our to pick each one out by hand.

The stems on the right hand side are Limnophila Aromatica and they are growing at a slow to moderate rate for me. I've tried bunching them together but the leaves on the bottom part of the stems always seem to die off.

I've been looking for rocks to replace the coconut do a while now and havent seemed to have found any that I like. I was thinking of ryouh stones. They might work.

The Apisto was purchased at a recent ACA convention in Maryland and has really colored up in the past few weeks. I think they're also getting ready to breed.

Any ideas on why I have trouble growing stem plants in my conditions. Even with adequate CO2 can lighting still be too high?
 

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No don't bunch them, spread them out so the group isn't taller than it is wide. Have the outer stems shorter than the center stems and use one of your hygros as a transition to the low growing stuff.

Or maybe it would be better to move some of one of the crypt species over there so you are connecting the two plantings by repeating the rosette form on both sides. As it is you have rosettes with larger leaved plants on the left and stems and smaller leaved plants on the right.

Maybe Staurogyne would cover that substrate more quickly, it has larger leaves than most ground covers anyway.

Just suggestions, I would probably let the plants grow out for a while before deciding it isn't working. It is a very nice looking tank as it is.
 

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Tank looks like it's going to be stunning once it's fills in
For the cave if you can't find rocks to make a suitable cave, what about covering the coconut in moss?
For foreground Ive tried most... DHG, lilaeopsis, styrogyne, dwarf chain swords, and I think styrogyne repens would look best in your tank. It takes a bit to fill in, but looks really nice once it does.
Your fish are gorgeous!! Is the first one a caucatoides or agassizi? What about the last one?
 

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1st & foremost your tank and what you like is always best.

BUT, since you did ask :icon_mrgr

Consider a sand cap right over your current substrate.

In the FTS pic (1st pic) Run a ridge with the sand cap from the heater to the
right side on the tank. Basically, sloping down to both the front and the rear glass. So you just see the top 1/3 of the coconut cave. This will make it interesting to want to look over the little ridge.

Grow moss on the coconut cave. move some of the small foreground cyyts to the left front leaving a little open space left front center.

Don't mess with the left grouping it looks great now.

Add a bit tp the right rear planting.

Like I said you did ask ;)
 

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It's a nice tank. My criticism is only that it's a style I don't particularly like that has been done over and over. That's preference, so many other styles I like get done over and over.

However, I love your choice of fish. I am quite jealous because I don't get rid of fish and I am stuck with a variety of fish I bought from Petco way back. No room for more.
 
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