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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:12 pm Post subject: foreground plants Reply with quote

 i  have  a  2'X1'X15"  planted  tank.  i  am  looking  for  some  plants  which  can  be  used  in  the  foreground.  something  which  will  grow  like  a  carpet  at  the  bottom.  i  have  two  T5  14W  orpat  tubes.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:22 pm Post subject: Re: foreground plants Reply with quote

 Most  of  the  Fg  plants  need  High  Light  to  suvive  and  make  carpet.  You  light  is  in  lower  side.  You  may  try  riccia.  Tie  them  on  a  piece  of  Slate  and  put  it  at  the  front  of  the  tank.  Within  couple  of  days  the  slate  will  be  covered  by  riccia  and  you  will  get  carpet.  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:28 pm Post subject: Re: foreground plants Reply with quote

 The  best  foreground  plant  traditionally  is  dwarf  hair-grass  (Eleocharis  pavrula)it's  easy  to  grow  and  and  as  long  as  your  have  a  decent  substrate(  laterite  with  coarse  gravel  on  the  surface  is  good)  grows  quick  and  wild  and  is  an  extrmely  hardy  plant.
 http://www.aquahobby.com/garden/e_Eleocharis_parvula.php
 
 Pygmy  Chain  (Sword  Echinodorus  tenellus  )  is  also  good  and  fairly  easy  to  grow  as  well.http://www.aquahobby.com/garden/e_tenellus.php
 
 Java  Moss   http://www.aquahobby.com/garden/e_dubyana.php
 Can  also  be  used  effectively  as  a  foreground  cover  as  long  as  its  anchored  to  something  as  flat  or  contoured  as  the  area  you  want  to  cover.  For  example  I  have  used  simple  stiff  plastic  net  and  fine  filament  wire  to  great  effect.  Simply  cut  the  desired  size  of  plastic  and  use  a  little  java  moss  sparsely  spread  over  it,tie  down  with  the  wire  and  that's  it.  In  a  few  weeks  you  have  the  a  really  nice  looking  cover.
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 i  have  java  moss  but  it  doesnt  seem  to  grow.  dunno  what  am  i  doing  wrong?  
 
 tirtha,
 do  you  have  any  riccia?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:21 am Post subject: Re: foreground plants Reply with quote

 I  had  riccia.  But  I  gave  away  the  full  stock  recently.  Sorry  mate!  Sad
 
 And  what  the  prob  you  are  facing  in  Java  moss??  If  it  is  not  growing,  pull  it  out.  Make  a  thin  layer  of  it  on  a  flat  stone.  Tie  it  well.  Place  it  into  your  planted  tank  under  direct  light.  Wait  for  couple  of  days,  you  will  get  a  load  of  moss  on  stone.  I  hope  you  have  DIY  CO2  system  in  your  tank.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:07 am Post subject: Re: foreground plants Reply with quote

 Hi  Kunal,
 
 How  long  since  you  set  up  your  tank?  java  moss  takes  time  to  acclimatise.  In  one  of  my  tank  it  took  all  of  three  months  to  start  growing.  
 
 Be  patient  and  make  sure  no  algae  grows  on  your  java  moss.
 
 Also  for  your  low  light  tank  try  Anubias  petite  nana.  Hardy  plant  which  will  grow  slowly.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:42 pm Post subject: Re: foreground plants Reply with quote

 dont  have  a  DIY  CO2  due  to  the  cold.  i  can  see  some  green  tips  on  teh  moss  but  nothing  further.  had  the  tank  for  about  3  weeks  now.
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 That  is  the  sign  of  progress,
 moss  grows  well  in  cold  weather,
 be  patient  like  nayak  said,  and  you  will  be  Blessed  with  great  looking  moss.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:06 pm Post subject: Re: foreground plants Reply with quote

                                                   
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i  have  java  moss  but  it  doesnt  seem  to  grow.  dunno  what  am  i  doing  wrong?  
                 

 
 You  are  doing  nothing  wrong.  
 Java  moss  will  even  grow  in  a  teacup  or  in  damp  areas  without  water.  
 But  it  needs  a  cool  climate  and  low  temperatures.  
 I  suggest  you  move  the  moss  to  the  coolest  part  of  your  house  and  give  it  enough  light  and  time  to  acclimatise.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:13 pm Post subject: Re: foreground plants Reply with quote

 When  not  in  the  tank,
 I  used  to  keep  my  moss  in  shallow  tray  inside  an  unused  bathroom  in  my  home.
 Temperatures  being  low,It  did  well  there.
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 You  can  even  store  it  in  your  refrigerator  if  you  are  not  using  it.  Thumb Up
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 Hi  Kunal,
 
 How  long  since  you  set  up  your  tank?  java  moss  takes  time  to  acclimatise.  In  one  of  my  tank  it  took  all  of  three  months  to  start  growing.  
 
 Be  patient  and  make  sure  no  algae  grows  on  your  java  moss.
 
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 Nayak,  my  waiting  time  was  6years.  Only  now  moss  grows  in  my  tank.  Thanks  to  the  heat  sink  fans.
 
 
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 Hi  venkat,
 
 Nice  to  hear  from  you.  It  really  says  a  lot  for  your  persistence  that  you  did  not  give  up.  What  would  be  the  temp  of  your  aquarium  water  in  Chennai?  32-34  degrees?  Absolutely  boiling  temp  for  any  aquatic  plants.  Hats  off  to  you  people  in  Chennai  for  having  a  planted  tank  even  in  face  of  these  adversities.
 
 But  we  in  Bangalore  are  much  more  lucky  in  having  benevolent  climate  as  well  as  kind  hearted  planted  nuts  to  guide  us  and  give  us  free  plants  to  boot.  Very Happy   Very Happy  
 
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You  can  even  store  it  in  your  refrigerator  if  you  are  not  using  it.  Thumb Up                

 
 Trevor  Sir,  Mercury  in  gurgaon  already  touched  34  degree.  So  I  am  planning  to  shift  a  portion  of  Java  Moss  into  freeze.  Can  you  please  tell  me,  how  to  put  it??  Within  a  packet  or  in  a  small  pot  with  water??  Do  I  have  to  put  any  extra  light  to  make  them  survive  or  just  leave  them  as  it  is.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:21 pm Post subject: Re: foreground plants Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  had  completely  dried  a  driftwood  with  Java  moss  on  it.  It  was  out  of  water  for  two  whole  months.
 
 Later  when  I  put  the  driftwood  back  in  water  java  moss  sprung  back  into  life  and  started  growing  within  one  month.  so  it  can  withstand  any  extremes  and  start  growing  from  there.  
 
 The  key  is,  you  should  not  keep  tinkering  with  it  as  well  as  a  lot  of  patience.
 
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