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    45G tall, what can I improve?

    Hi All,

    Do you have any recommendations for me?
    Anything I should be doing that I'm not?

    45 gallon
    Lighting: Finnex planted 24/7
    Filter : Penn Plax 1000 with the spray bar under the surface to not disturb it too much
    CO2 : 3bps, staying in the Green most of the day picture was just after water changing trim, I have it connected to a timer so it turns on/off before the high light cycle starts/ends
    Following EI: 10ml of macro/micro in alternating days with 50% water change on Sundays.


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    Plants, listed left to right, way too many different species with different light requirements now that I see them listed

    Free floating:
    • Salvinia Minima
    • Hornwort - holding the salvinia in place and allowing some light to make it to the bottom


    Back/ground level:
    • UNKNOWN1 - very tall, anyone recognizes it?
    • Water wisteria - recovering from GSA, starting to show some nice green
    • Red Ludwigia - a bit lackluster color not really red (recovering from GSA) added a root tablet under it.
    • Green cabomba - grows too vertically sparse, probably lack of strong lighting due do salvinia covering light
    • Staurogyne repens - looks different from my other Staurogyne
    • Green cabomba - same as the other one
    • Red/Purple cabomba - Had some trouble when initially introduced due to GSA and diatoms, doing ok now


    Mid/ground level:
    • Amazon Sword
    • Hardscape - Wood
    • UNKNOWN2 - some kind of stem plant, anyone recognizes it?
    • Anubias
    • Cryptocoryne wendtii
    • Anubias on hardscape - seiryu (recovering from GSA as well)


    Front/ground level:
    • Micro Sword
    • Dwarf hairgrass
    • Sagittaria Subulata Dwarf
    • Cryptocoryne parva



    Thank you in advance!

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    That is a fun tank layout you got going. Only suggestion I have is get the background plants to grow taller and fuller to reduce some of the dead space for the tall tank. I am working with floaters my first time myself and if the roots go any farther down that would be another way to reduce dead space but I don't know how long they get.

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    Hi Javi! Welcome!

    I think you are off to a great start!

    That is a challenging depth with only the one Finnex light, and the floaters block it, too. If you want to fill in the space in the back, a fast growing plant like a cabomba would do the trick, or you could go with jungle val for a quick fix.

    You could also add some taller wood and java fern to add height- some of the frilly versions like trident or windelov almost look like stem plants in the background once the are established.
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Thank you guys, appreciate the feedback!

    I'll give it a month or two to see how it evolves before adding or changing the wood piece. I've seen some beautiful ones at CKs!

    My floaters have tiny roots, the wife doesn't like the other ones with long roots so I had to go with these

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