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Suggestion for Plants?

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants' started by Padres1234, May 23, 2017.

  1. Padres1234

    Padres1234 New Member

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    Looking for some suggestions for plants for my river biotope. I was thinking Anubias, Riccia, some moss and Cabomba.

    I have a finnex planted+, pressurized CO2, osmocote+ root tabs (with pool filter sand), EI dosing and it is a 29g tall.

    Here is a picture. I was imaging plants in between some of the rocks and around the driftwood.

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Padres

    Plant growers please help Padres.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. mexicat

    mexicat Aspiring Aquascaper

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    will the water from your filter be flowing in the direction of your hardscape? If it is, when your stem plants are longer it will look nicer flowing in that direction.

    If you're going high tech I would go with a slower growing / nicer looking moss like a fissidens or riccardia (mini pelia)

    You can also start drawing in microsoft paint or photoshop where you might want plants to go
     
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  4. Padres1234

    Padres1234 New Member

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    I am going to have the inake and outtake from the filter on the left side there but I have a strong powerhead that I am going to put on the other side of the tank flowing towards the low end of the tank.

    Let me draw something up in paint and see what you think.
     
  5. Padres1234

    Padres1234 New Member

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    Here are my initial thoughts on some plants. Some moss on the DW, some Riccia on some rocks, Anubias on the DW, Vallisneria in the back and tropical hornwort in the back right. Some other plants (not sure which yet) between some of the rocks.

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    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I was thinking Val's spiralis in the back. You have a relatively tall tank. With your light and pressurized co2, any plant should grow well.
     
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  7. Orlandog7

    Orlandog7 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    If you don't want the plants to overtake and carpet your sand, choose slow growing plants like crypto parva, hydopiper, or brasileras, maybe even true dwarf hairgrass.
     
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  8. Padres1234

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    I'll look into those, I definately do not want a carpet, more so just some plants in between rocks and mosses or such on hardscape
     
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  9. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks like you are on your way with the planting, just remember as the tank ages it will look totally different from what it is today.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Thanks Keith for all your help! I'm just trying to decide if I want it to be heavily planted or lightly planted. Messing around in paint to see which looks better. I'm leaning more towards slightly planted.
     
  11. keithgh

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    A big mix of plants can look like a Garden Salad. What every you do certainly do not buy a big mix of plants try to use as few species as you can. Remember KIS.

    Remember it will look very bare at first but it will grow and fill the areas required very quickly. Its easier to add a few more plants than dig some out.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  12. Padres1234

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    Ok so I narrowed it down then. Anubias, Vallisneria, Moss for the DW and one plant that I can place in multiple spots between rocks. That gives me a total of only four different species.
     
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  13. HenrySheehan

    HenrySheehan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    What's KIS?

    Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
     
  14. Culprit3

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    Keep It Simple
     
  15. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That sounds a lot better now. Yes its Keep It Simple, its a very basic simple rule to follow.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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