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Old 09-17-2011, 09:05 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by mfdrookie516 View Post
Ahh ok. You've got tons of options then. If you want, there's a link in my sig to my 40b build. Start to finish. And, I've not run across a plant yet that 'needs' co2 injection. None of my tanks have been injected for the last 3 months, nor will they be (i sold my stuff)...

Very nice tanks both of them. A nicely planted tank always looks amazing to me even if I'm going in a slightly different direction. I'm glad to know that CO2 isn't a must. I'm having enough trouble figuring out if lighting periods and fertilizers.

I thought about keep a journal of my build but honestly so far it's been everything that can go wrong has.

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Old 09-17-2011, 09:23 PM   #12
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Yes research is fun! mfdrookie516 gave me good ideas when I needed it too! I'm new to plants myself but so far, my swords, java fern, and anubias has been doing well in my tank. All green and I hardly ever have to prune off dead leaves. I'm using just standard gravel, some root tabs, and the occasional dose of ferts. But my tank is pretty small (12g) and with yours being a larger sized tank and with those nice pieces of DW, you definitely have a lot to play with!

It's just me, but I would definitely dress up some of that DW with some Anubias Nana and Java Fern. Something like this photo (not mine btw):

Or like this with the Java Fern:

With some swords in the background.

Google image some ideas and perhaps you'll get more inspiration.

Your stocking sounds nice. Down the road, I'd throw in some Otos to help with Algae. And once your tank is fully established, I would consider some center piece fish such as German Blue Rams or apistos as the icing on the cake. I'm just biased when it comes to Rams... they're just so nice to look at...LOL

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Old 09-18-2011, 12:10 AM   #13
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I did a whole bunch of research toight on swords, camboba, and vallisneria. I want to look around and see if I can find any pics or videos of people who've actually used them in a blackwater. Mostly though I got distracted. I haven't even finished setting this tank up and after seeing everyone's pics and tanks I started thinking that my next tank should be this heavily planted Amazon theme.

I have another large piece of driftwood (after my first ebay driftwood failure I bit the bullet and just went with the Malaysian) but I thought adding it would make it look way too crowded. I also bought a lot of Indian almond leaves. I don't have any in right now but when the cycle is farther along I plan to have three or four there in the foreground.

I read somewhere (don't know if it's true since I never kept them) that the dwarf cichlids can get nasty with the corydoras when they are spawning. Since my name's is Cory you know I'm not willing to give up my cats. The ottos make me a bit nervous too with the whole first month mortality rate. That's why I was thinking pitbulls. If I had gotten a big tank I'd also be thinking of bristlenose plecos. My only worry right now with the fish I was thinking of is that I'll have too much going on at the bottom of the tank and not enough in the rest. It's going to be an open tank so I can't even fall back on hatchets for the top.

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