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Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my tank

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:43 am Post subject: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my tank Reply with quote

 Hello  friends  
 
 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   Sad   .  
 
 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  
 
 
 
   Laterite  clay
 
 
   After  adding  peat  over  laterite  clay
 
 
   ferts
 
 
 Added  a  layer  of  tiny  laterite  gravel  after  sieving  
 
 
 Would  have  been  more  painful  if  my  friend  Ajith  didnt  help.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Substrate

 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.
 
 Lighting
 Just  80  Watts  Crying or Very sad  
 pressurized  Co2  injection:yes
 Water  filter
 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?  )
 8.)  Riccia  
 
 
 
 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
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:18 am Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 for  carpet  use  Micranthemum  umbrosum  monte  carlo.  it  will  grow  decent  in  low  light  and  if  you  plant  decent  enough  amount  you'll  see  a  carpet  in  3-4  months.
 
 
 why  do't  you  go  for  this  scape  Smile  low  maintenance  and  will  look  amazing  in  wall  mounted  aquarium.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:56 am Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 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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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:56 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 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.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:54 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 @mudjawd
   ,  thanks  for  introducing  Micranthemum  umbrosum  monte  carlo  ,  i  never  knew  about  this  plant  .
 I  used  to  have  a  valisneria  tank  Very Happy  ,  but  fell  in  love  with  the  Green  carpets  and  aqua  scape.  
 here  is  a  pic
 
 
 
 
 @rookietookie
 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   Sad  .  I  will  be  providing  them  pressurized  co2  ,  wont  be  planting  vals  in  this  tank.  
 
 @Arin
 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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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:34 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 Tank  size  is  48*18*17  inches.  
 The  previous  tank  with  sagittaria  was  30*18*20.  
 You  can  see  how  the  sags  (not  a  dwarf  variety)  grew  under  2  T8  lights  -  
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=22096&highlight=
 
 Thanks,  
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:48 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 For  carpet  plant  you  can  also  try  with  -  HC  (Hemianthus  callitrichoides),  Glosso  (glossostigma  elatinoides),  Micro  Sword  (lilaeopsis  brasiliensis),  Dwarf  Hairgrass  (ELEOCHARIS  PARVULA)  etc.  etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:09 am Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 @arin
 thanks  for  sharing  the  image  
 
 @Abhis9
 Preparing  with  plants  to  try  my  luck  Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:24 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 Sure.  Best  of  Luck.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:22 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 thats  a  nice  Tank,  however  From  the  pic  i  understand  that  the  planting  access  might  be  a  bit  intricate  ,light  enhancement  would  make  things  easy,how  is  the  setup  going  on.,  
 
 sharing  the  word  given  to  me  by  Our  Senior  Naveen   "planted  tank  setup  is  like  building  a  City  (Rome  )and  it  cannot  be  done  in  a  day"
 
 all  the  best  buddy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:15 am Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 You  can  try  pygmy  chain  sword,S.Repens  or  Crypt  Parva.  But  they  will  grow  really  slow,  but  they  will  steadily  grow.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:09 pm Post subject: Re: Rescaping my tank. Can i wish for a carpet plant for my Reply with quote

 thanks  gokul  ,  started  to  plant  s.repens
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