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Old 10-21-2006, 06:27 AM   #1
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I did it!

i bought a few pounds of used gravel from a lfs here, and converted my 20gal tall to a planted tank(with beautiful clipping provided by sherry, and some Java Moss that i got from Hara. Thanx to all that helped, and here we go, i have a low light set up, no bells and extras at all. i used screening from my windows to make a blanket of the moss, the holes werent that open but i fig if it didnt start to grow threw soon, then i will have to redo it, and hope i dont kill my moss! i want to go up the back wall when i get enough to make another screen holder, or buy more moss just to make another one.









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Old 10-21-2006, 07:47 AM   #2
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Congrats, you are on your way!

Just one comment...your ramshorn with the stripe is a Marisa cornuarietis (aka Columbian). That species likes plants. The Planorbidae sp are a better choice. Do I see a shrimp in there too?
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:17 AM   #3
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looks goof jona, your better of just tieing down the moss to a rock or some driftwood IMO, grows better that way. I like the bottles in there, looks neat.

CAUTION: this is how my planted tank was a first, low tech. Then i got more plants, co2, better dosing stuff, better gravel, higher lighting, more plants, then more plants, then more plants, then more plants. You will be addicted
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I am glad you are going planted onah, but i wanted to mention a few things. Like fish you have to research the plants you purchase before you dive in. what i mean is, sherry's plants are mostly medium to high light plants and you have a low light tank.

Not only are they higher light, but they are also difficult to grow.

here are the plants:

Limnophila aromatica
Limnophila 'green'
Micranthemum umbrosum
Tonina sp. 'Belem'
Cabomba palaeformis

You need to look into some low light plants. Just don't get frustrated when those plants don't do well.
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sherry stated that i shouldnt have much probs with everything, i wasnt expecting anything to really flurish, the tetras havent touched the plants, the big gourami is eating dead stuff, the ramshorns got taken out right after i started planting the tank(but not before the pics), i have been reading up on everything, i started before they got here, and i have faith in u guys as well, i dont think i will have any prob. they java moss will hopefully start filling out , i was thinking of just putting it down and placing rocks on it, or tieing some down to a rock, but i thought this would help it spread better.
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