Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:43 am Post subject: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my tank
As a beginner I did a BIG mistake of building a Tank of an odd size .what i badly needed was planted tank .
I need help and advice to move forward.
This is how i built one
The above tank turned ugly in no time with barb bio load .
I had to redo this tank now in a way the scape can go on for a long time with minimal maintenance , this time calling in a shoal of neon tetras.
New scape with a different drift wood
After adding peat over laterite clay
Added a layer of tiny laterite gravel after sieving
Would have been more painful if my friend Ajith didnt help.
Added a thick layer of laterite, then a layer of coco peat and then a layer of Tiny laterite gravel . Added fertilizers between every layer.
Just 80 Watts
pressurized Co2 injection:yes
over head water filter (diy)
Plants that i have
1) Java fern , almost all varieties
2) Anubias petite
3) Rotala Rotundifolia green
4) Hygrophila polysperma
5) Crypt wendtii
6) hemianthus micranthemoides (I wonder how this plant will grow under this lighting, advise needed)
7) Marsilea hirsuta (Any one got a carpet with laterite and gravel? )
Now i know it would be too much to wish for a carpet with laterite and low light .
Even i am confused , dont know how to use the plants i have got . Please suggest a planting layout for my tank
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:56 am Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my
I am also a rookie in planted tank, but with the experience of my first failed attempt and second so far successful attempt, here are my suggestions:
1) I have finally selected Dwarf hairgrass along with Hydrocotyle verticillata for the carpet effect and foreground...you could consider these.
2) Riccia could be messy in your tank as it requires frequent trimming else it will rise up from whatever you have attached it to.
3) If you are using seachem, avoid vallisneria variety or any "true aquatic plants". Amphibious plants seem to do well with seachem, true aquatic plants just melt away.
4) Don't know if those horizontal lines are scratches, but if you are using magnetic cleaner, strong magnet will definitely scratch your glass. Better to have cleaning crew in the tank/ clean with news paper once in a week. AVoid magnet or make sure it is not too strong for the job.
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Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:56 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my
The tank size and the type of light can help in making decisions.
So far with 108W of T5HO lights, I have had moderate success with hydrocotyle tripartita, dwarf hairgrass, and sturogyne repens. Earlier, I had some luck with dwarf saggitaria with lower light levels. Pressurized CO2, with good dispersion, helps more than you may think, even in lower light levels.
In the previous post, I think "Seachem" should be "Seachem Flourish Excel", which does melt certain species of plants.
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:54 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my
, thanks for introducing Micranthemum umbrosum monte carlo , i never knew about this plant .
I used to have a valisneria tank , but fell in love with the Green carpets and aqua scape.
here is a pic
Dwarf hair grass requires high light , or it might refuse to spread out , any how i will take my chances. and yes buddy those horrizontal linesare the scratches i made this time . I will be providing them pressurized co2 , wont be planting vals in this tank.
My lights are positioned quite high from the bottom , any how rookie and you have given some hope with hair grass with good amt of co2 , will give it a try . what was your tank size Arin ?
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