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Thoughts on my 55g South American-ish tank
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FishFlake
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PostPosted: 2012.04.09(Mon)20:54    Post subject: Thoughts on my 55g South American-ish tank Reply with quote



Hey all, this is my newer set up. Just looking for some thoughts or advice any of you may have to make it better. Stocking or landscaping ideas, any thoughts welcome. Thanks!

55 gal
Aqueon dual T5 fixture with 1x28W 10,000k Colormax and 1x28W 6700k
No CO2
Fluval 405 canister filter
Sand substrate

10x Head-and-Tail Light Tetras
8x Neon Tetras
2x Rubberlip Pleco
4x Corydoras Virginiae

Water Sprite
Hornwort
Hygrophilia angustifolia
Vallisneria
Java Fern
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Danikins
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PostPosted: 2012.04.09(Mon)22:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it will look great once the plants grow more! I really like that driftwood...

Maybe just add a short, carpet-type plant in the front?
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PostPosted: 2012.04.10(Tue)7:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danikins wrote:
I think it will look great once the plants grow more! I really like that driftwood...

Maybe just add a short, carpet-type plant in the front?


Thanks Danikins, I totally agree, but do you know of such a plant that will grow under low-light/low-tech? If you look on the left front of my tank, right in front of the hornwort, there is some kind of micro sword (I think), but rather than growing as a carpet, it grew more vertically due to wanting light.
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PostPosted: 2012.04.12(Thu)8:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

This place has really slowed down, huh?
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PostPosted: 2012.04.12(Thu)8:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I didn't answer at first because I don't know what types of plants work, I've never really done a carpet before. I think there's a section on 1-10cm plants in the Garden part of this site though Smile

Also, I agree. I just started posting here again after 4 years and am sad to see the board isnt nearly as active as before. Hopefully it'll pick up again Smile
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PostPosted: 2012.04.12(Thu)9:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everywhere is quiet over the Easter holidays!

Try low growing Cryptocorynes as a semi carpet. You should be able to find several low growing types fairly easily.
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PostPosted: 2012.04.12(Thu)13:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
Everywhere is quiet over the Easter holidays!


Oh yeah I forgot it was the holidays haha. Good point.
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PostPosted: 2012.10.19(Fri)16:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update on this tank:


Full View.


Head and Tail Light Tetras, new Long-Finned Blue Rams


Nice Cluster of Neons and Head and Tail Light Tetras


The veteran of this tank, a Cory that's been around longer than this set up. Probably about 3-4 years old now.


Couple of Corys.

As you can see, the Vallesneria really took off. I got rid of the Hornwort. The Java Fern is growing very nicely. Any thoughts/suggestions welcome!
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PostPosted: 2012.10.19(Fri)21:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like this tank! Lots of open space. What happened to all of your other plants?
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PostPosted: 2012.10.20(Sat)7:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

ZacAdam wrote:
I really like this tank! Lots of open space. What happened to all of your other plants?


Thanks! The Hornwort just got out of control so I got rid of it. The Watersprite grew like crazy for awhile, and then suddenly went downhill. Maybe not enough CO2 for it? I'm not sure. I'm going to let the Val fill out the back and then get some new foreground plants. That's what's fun about planted tanks, they are always a work in progress, and you don't necessarily know what the results will be!
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