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08-05-2011, 10:37 PM
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It looks like he has a sword in there already, in the back left corner? In a lower light tank I would think that swords wouldn't be very happy in there. Also the little low one in the front is another sword isn't it? A narrow leaf chain sword? They like pretty bright light, I had them in my 55g plant tank with about 200w and they just hung on, didn't really grow.
The other ones should do very well though. I love the Java Moss. It will cover that driftwood eventually and it looks awesome that way. Keep it up, it's looking great so far!
 
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08-06-2011, 07:09 AM
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Thanks Howze
both plants in the back were listed as Java. I went by that hope it wasnt mislabeled.
Thanks for the compliments
 
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08-06-2011, 07:41 AM
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Definitely not a Java. Looks like an Amazon Sword. Any Anubius yet? Don't think I saw any in there. Very nice but SLOW growing.
 
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08-06-2011, 11:49 AM
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The left corner plant looks like a broad leaf amazon sword. The plant on the right corner looks like a java fern. The grass like plant probably is a (E.tenellus) pygmy chain sword/narrow leaf chain sword.

@howze01, what was your last tank set up? the 200w lights for a 55 will put it under almost 4watts per gallon and seems to be enough to maintain them(assuming that the 55g tank you had is about 20inch high). I had grown them in my 20gal long under 3pcs 9 watt spiral cfls, CO2 infused and they did ok. It is when I forget my fert dosing that they seem unhappy.
Did you have any CO2 and what was the fertilizer regimen you had?

@partobe, the pygmy chain sword might not be supported by your current lighting. I agree with howze01, Go get some Anubias barteri 'nana' and tie 'em up in some rocks or your current driftwood. You can add some stem plants like some hygrophila, rotalas to fill in the back and get that bushy look.

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08-06-2011, 04:49 PM
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Thanks Jeff and Howze
Im going to give it a cpl of weeks and then I will add some fish and more plants. I will make sure to look for the ones you have suggested since you guys have done so well guiding me so far thanks so much for all the great advise and help
 
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08-06-2011, 07:19 PM
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It was a regular old 55g. I don't remember the exact wattage of the lights but it was 4xPC. I think they were the 60-something watt ones. I totally forget the ferts I was using (this was about 6 years ago now). I think Kent ones. I did have CO2 going but it wasn't injected it was the sugar and yeast setups and I had 2 going. The tank was terraced too. About 8-10" on the right side was about 6-8" higher than the rest and that's where I kept it. I never had much luck with that chain sword for some reason. I got a plant with some Duckweed on it and that stuff totally took over my tank and pretty much covered the surface but I really liked it. Gave it a natural look. I started adding Killies after that and they LOVED it in there. After I got rid of that I got some Water Lettuce and that did the same thing but it had much longer flowing roots and I barely saw my fish but they liked it.

Here's a couple pics of it. Wish I'd taken an FTS but I didn't and these are all I have left of it.









Sorry for stealing your thread! I meant to ask you before too but have you considered going topless with your tank? I like that so much better for plants. I had a couple swords that grew to the top and would put up flowers.
 
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08-06-2011, 08:30 PM
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Np I love the pix I can only dream that someday my tank will look half as good. I had thought about topless but I cant hang anything from my cillin(renting) and plus I need the light to be as close as I can since they aren't high wattage.
 
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08-07-2011, 02:33 PM
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Nice looking 2 level tank howze01.

@partobe - patience is the key specially with low light non co2 set up. You can get fast growing plants like wisteria, guppy grass etc if you want it filled up immediately.
I'll be due for trimming on my rotalas next weekend if you are interested.
 
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08-07-2011, 02:42 PM
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Hi Jeff its going to be a few weeks before I can buy anything. I went waaay over budget already lol.
 
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08-07-2011, 03:04 PM
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It's always funny how it never works out putting a certain budget when it comes to setting up fish tanks. I always end up going over it. Little items do add up to the cost.
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