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    Plants Suggestion for my 20 Long (Med Lighting)

    Iím new to planted tank and aquascaping. Looking to fill in the bare spot in the middle of my planting area. Any suggestions




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    By the "middle area", do you mean the empty soil in front of the stem plants?

    You might consider a short cryptocoryne variety. C. willisi or C. lutea, for example.

    Pearlweed is a stemmy plant, but is easy to trim and keep trimmed short, so that might be nice too.

    A lot if it depends on how you run your planted tank, too. What light are you running on the tank? Do you inject any CO2?

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    Yes the spot in front of the stem plants. Iím running a finnex stingray with no co2 injection (I am using seachem excel). But I might buy a co2 kit for Xmas.




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    That's a gorgeous tank and scape, Jim, especially for a first timer. Too often beginners are guilty of trying to do too much,but i really enjoy your approach.

    Without co2, some of the carpeting plants that are most desirable will be unavailable to you.

    I like mini pellia, as well as fissidens fontanus, but they can be troublesome when trying to grow on a substrate that is not mineralized.

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    Blyxa Japonica

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    Jay and Key, thanks for the recommendations. Iíll definitely check those out. And Nick thanks for the compliment - Iím glad you liked it, Iím always second guessing myself about whether Iím doing it right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyeNewen View Post
    Blyxa Japonica
    I like Blyxa, but isn't it heavily reliant on CO2?

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    I had it in holding tanks with just regular shop light in the garage with no CO2 and didn't have any problem. Just grows slower. They were in Aquasoil though.
    Have about 10 floating in my holding tank was we speak.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    I like Blyxa, but isn't it heavily reliant on CO2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyeNewen View Post
    I had it in holding tanks with just regular shop light in the garage with no CO2 and didn't have any problem. Just grows slower. They were in Aquasoil though.
    Have about 10 floating in my holding tank was we speak.
    Hmm. I might try it in a jar after Christmas then

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    That's a beautiful scape as it is. Did you do anything to hold the dark substrate in place besides the rocks, themselves?

    I like the suggestion of small crypts, though I might put them roughly in the left front corner as a counterbalance to the main planted area.

    Be prepared for having way more platys than you planned.

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    I like your set up Jim. Nicely done! I'm one of those that goes overboard by adding too much too fast. I also think some crpts would go in that area. I would also be patient and let some of what you have grow out to fill in the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyeNewen View Post
    Blyxa Japonica
    I second the blyxa! It's a great midground plant and easy to sell/trade once it gets overgrown as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barliman View Post
    That's a beautiful scape as it is. Did you do anything to hold the dark substrate in place besides the rocks, themselves?

    I like the suggestion of small crypts, though I might put them roughly in the left front corner as a counterbalance to the main planted area.

    Be prepared for having way more platys than you planned.

    Thanks. Just rocks and filter floss to make sure the substrate doesnít leak through the crevice. The platys is a sorority group. I used to have 1 male which turned my original 5 to 10. So Iíve learned my lesson


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    Quote Originally Posted by aquamaniac View Post
    I like your set up Jim. Nicely done! I'm one of those that goes overboard by adding too much too fast. I also think some crpts would go in that area. I would also be patient and let some of what you have grow out to fill in the rest.
    I think Iím leaning towards getting one more plant and learning to not touch it. Not touching is the hardest thing for me. I always want to tinker with it.


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    Dwarf hair grass dwarf sag cryptocorne is a slow growing chain sword and if you can wait for a long time Monte Carlo or dwarf baby tears


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    [Update]



    Planted some crypt and itís doing great. I also had some Anacharis and Anubias nana petite but they both melted - canít figure out why. Anacharis lost all if itís leaves and started snapping off. Anubias looked healthy but day by day the leaves fell off. I Took the last Anubias out of the tank today and itís rhizome was squishy and turned to mush. Canít figure it out.

    As a positive news, looks like I will have some Cory Julii babies soon




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    Anacharis and Anubias dont do well plugged in the substrate. Anacharis is more of a floating plant and Anubias are tied/glued to a rock or wood.

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    Congratulations on the eggs! Did they hatch?

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    Use chain swords to cover the foreground and also you can get buce or anubias and tie on to the rocks


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barliman View Post
    Congratulations on the eggs! Did they hatch?
    Barliman, sadly I think they got eaten by the platies. I was running late for work when I saw them and I had planned to relocate them when I get home. Unfortunately, by the time I got home they were all gone. I keep hoping that one of them escaped and I will see one swimming around one of these days but no luck so far. I'm going to buy a small hang-on hactcher so I'll be prepared next time I see them.

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