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Old 05-24-2018, 08:56 AM   #1
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First heavily planted tank

So I have had quite a few plants for the last 3 months but yesterday I added 4 cryptocoryne spiralis, 14 stems bacopa caroliniana, 10 stems rotala indica and 4 brownie Buce, the rotala didn't come in good good shape but hopefully it'll come back and grow better than it looked like it was doing at the plant farm, everything else came in looking good, i expect things to go south until they get acclimated, don't mind the tank it's cloudy from planting and replanting.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:03 AM   #2
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That ludwigia looks really really good. I'm not sure it's repens...

Tank looks good as a whole, I wouldn't call it anywhere near "heavily" planted just yet, looks lightly planted to me

Rotala usually bounces back nicely, Just make sure to trim off the bad lower portions and plant the "good" tops.

I would look into some larger leaved - non-stem background plants.

Helanthiums, cyprus helferi, cryptocoryne balansae.

If you want some fast growing stems that have a finer leaf structure, look into some myriophyllum spp.

Keep up the good work!
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:05 AM   #3
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That ludwigia looks really really good. I'm not sure it's repens...

Tank looks good as a whole, I wouldn't call it anywhere near "heavily" planted just yet, looks lightly planted to me

Rotala usually bounces back nicely, Just make sure to trim off the bad lower portions and plant the "good" tops.

I would look into some larger leaved - non-stem background plants.

Helanthiums, cyprus helferi, cryptocoryne balansae.

If you want some fast growing stems that have a finer leaf structure, look into some myriophyllum spp.

Keep up the good work!
I have absolutely no more room for plants, the whole back wall is full, can't really see behind the drift wood on the right but that's where the short stems of rotala and bacopa are as well as a 8" cryptocoryne Wendtii red, behind the rock is 4 spiralis, I was going to put a balanse and a C. NATANS on the right side but there's literally no room.

Ty on the compliment, there's 3 rows of plants along the whole back wall though
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:11 AM   #4
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Here is my "heavily" planted 5.5

I think when your tank grows in some more it will drastically change how it looks now in the pic.

Looks good anyway, I really like the colour of your crypts and ludwigia.
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Here is my "heavily" planted 5.5

I think when your tank grows in some more it will drastically change how it looks now in the pic.

Looks good anyway, I really like the colour of your crypts and ludwigia.
I Can't afford to do that to a 55 gallon lol, once I get taller stems i have no idea where I'm going to put the clippings honestly 🤣🤣
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I Can't afford to do that to a 55 gallon lol, once I get taller stems i have no idea where I'm going to put the clippings honestly ����
RAOK or sell them away on forums / local classifieds. That's what I do anyway....

And my rule is ANY $$$ I make off plants goes right back into my aquarium hobby fund. Keeps things new and exciting always having a small slush fund to try new things out.
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RAOK or sell them away on forums / local classifieds. That's what I do anyway....
Get and more tanks lol
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And my rule is ANY $$$ I make off plants goes right back into my aquarium hobby fund. Keeps things new and exciting always having a small slush fund to try new things out.
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Wow Rick, your tank is really coming along. I'm glad you kept the Texas Holey Rock, it really goes well with the vegetation.
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Wow Rick, your tank is really coming along. I'm glad you kept the Texas Holey Rock, it really goes well with the vegetation.

Z◊C you have definitely reached " Plant Guru" status on AA.


I also like the rock, I never see it mixed in with plants, itís refreshing from the ďusualĒ rock Iím seeing in scaped planted tanks. I canít nit pick, my main tank is running with seiryu stone.... so Iím mixed in with the ďnormĒ.

Im using dark, smooth river stone when I redo my 90 gallon, something different from the rest Iím hoping for.

Iím not sure Iím a guru yet, Iím learning new things every day. Lots of trial and error. Massive mistakes equals massive lessons learned
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