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Could anybody help me out here...? I'm kinda new to this.. I need help on what to do with my 56 gallon column aquarium.... I wanted to do a simple setup with 3, 4, 5 different kinds of plants, or somewhere in there. well, this is my first scape.... with regular gravel, which I had really liked.



here is the second.... this is after I took out everything, and placed in floramax substrate, and then a whole bunch of eco complete on top. All the crypts melted, but unlike when I had the regular plain aquarium gravel, they are actually growing back.



here is the third idea... if thats what you even wanna call it lol I picked up some jungle val tonight.... at least that's what I think it is, but I honestly love it. seems like it does a great job filling in the back.



Well, I'm kinda lost on what to do... :icon_conf Especially with that sword lol which appears to be in not so great shape. the leaves are turning transparent. Should I get a whole bunch of more Jungle Vals and fill in the back, some more crypts in the front, or should I put back in the driftwood (which also appeared to have leaked quite a bit of more tannins into the water), and move those jungle vals to the side, what...? anybody..?
 

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If you boil the driftwood, that'll get a lot of the tannins out. I personally like the look of tannin-y water, and fish seem to enjoy it. If it was me, I'd get a nice branchy piece of wood, place it against the back wall, and fill it with Java moss and Java ferns.
Both of those plants will pretty much grow in a glass of water, and they also make great hiding places for baby or shy fish, as well as clinging nicely to wood. What fish are you planning on keeping?
 

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I would put like a jungle of val in the back behind the large piece of driftwood. On the driftwood put some java fern/moss or any type of moss. In the front of that A carpet of Crypt. The sword should be off center and fill in the rest of the space with a species of stem plant to contrast against the board leaves of the sword (Rotala, ludwigia, ect... ) and then in front of those, I would do a carpet of dwarf sag. The leaves size, shape and color would look great against the sword and stem plants.
 
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