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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-18-2013, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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partially planted tanks.

I have just begun with plants. I have to say the beginning is fairly underwhelming. I picture lush water jungle and instead I get this. Patience, I know, I know.
First is 5.5g. 1anubias afzelii (Rear left), 1anubias nana petite(front left), 12 stalks of moneywort(far right front and back), one philipine java fern (center right). 1 moss ball. 2 artificial plants.
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Second is guppy fry tank 3.5. Just java fern, moss and fake plants.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-18-2013, 03:59 PM
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looks very nice. your betta will have fun snooping through the leaves. Will he be alone in there?
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Oh yes. This tank was already established. Previously it was 100 % silk plants. I have been wanting a planted tank for some time but I am not very good with plants. My other 2 betta tanks are the same with silk plants.

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I recognise that buddha, and the silk plants! :p

I think the reason you may be feeling underwhelmed is that you don't have many plants. I always go slightly over the top and buy a *lot* of plants, because I don't want to wait for them to grow in. Consequently, this is my tank the day I set it up. So I'd say, if you can afford it, buy lots of plants. :D
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Bomba, you are of course right! I got the few plants I have at petsmart *whispers*they don't have a very good selection. I do plan to go to big al's sometime in the near future and get some more plants since they have a gigantic selection. Whenever I see all the plants I always forget what I want to get. I am also terrified of spending all that money and then killing the plants. I've already lost 3 anubias leaves. i thought those were supposed to be unkillable.

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My best friend since I got in to planting my tanks has been the book 'Adventurous aquarists guide the 101 best aquuarium plants.' It gives pictures and care tips for the most common plants as well as a list of common ones to avoid. If you don't want to buy it I know petco and petsmart both carry it, so you can 'borrow it' to use as a reference when shopping.
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Did you plant the Anubis? Only the roots go in the substrate. If you cover the rhizomes they will die.
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The large anubias is tied to rock. the rhizome is free. The small anibias is planted but the rhizome is above the gravel. The roots were large enough that I could cover them with gravel.

I will have to check out that book It sounds exactly like my type of book. I do well with house plants only because I read a lot about them and them experimented. I was afraid of them at first too. I guess I am just going to have to dive into this one (tee hee see what I did there? XD)

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Bombalurina that is an incredible tank! My few plants make mine look sad. Are those clay vases/pots in there?
I got a sword plant today and haven't had the heart to remove it from the keg. And a water onion which I didn't really want. Will it survive or look ugly trimmed down?
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