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Old 03-08-2013, 08:50 PM   #1 
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plants / design suggestions?

I'm going full NPT in my 5.5 gallon!
i'm just not sure how to really design it. i dont know what plants to use where to put them, what substrate, etc.
please give me any suggestions you have! heres my tank now. i have an amazon sword (small green plant) and thats the only real plant in the tank so far.
please give me and suggestions for plant types / design ideas!
thanks!!
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:39 AM   #2 
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go for smaller plants in the 5 gallon, I recommend the rotala species (except macrandra~ lol), some elodea, brazillian pent wort can also look cool . I would also do one or two crypts. and Some java moss and java fern + anubius nana tied on driftwood ^_^
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:16 AM   #3 
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I always like the way black sand looks for a substrate cap. Natural sand is also beautiful, but it gets really messy looking very fast.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:38 PM   #4 
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I agree with VJM on darker substrates. They hide the mulm that bugs most people on lighter substrates because of it's darker nature. It also make the tank's inhabitants' colours pop. And seeing that you already have light rocks, you could get some dark substrate and sprinkle some of the light rocks over it (or get some dark gavel and sprinkle a bit of it over your light gravel). I've seen a few do that and it looks very esthetically pleasing.

As for plants, the usual suspects (java fern, java moss) will work well. Personally, I'd get some suBwassertang and scatter it over the bottom of the tank (cause I love it... it's my favourite plant and it's super easy to care for), wrap some java moss around the top part of the driftwood and tie a few java ferns to that (also on the top) to add some different levels to the tank. I'd throw some stems into the back as a backdrop (I like sunset hygros, but there are many other options (plus those are a noxious weed in the US, so sometimes they can be difficult to get a hold of) and add some type of floater; dwarf water lettuce looks really nice and has very pretty roots that hang down into your tank. As far as I know these are all low maintenance plants, as far as growth is concerned. Once your system begins to flourish and grow you will need to keep on top of trims, though :D
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:57 PM   #5 
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Crypts are also very nice plants. I'd get a nice piece of driftwood that takes up some room. Put it more towards the right with plants filling in the left. Black sand would be nice as stated before. Are you going to dose with excel or CO2 or root tabs or what?
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proud to say her tank is now 100% naturally planted!! im hoping to get something that floats at the top or is a little taller as well, but for now im happy with it (:
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:57 PM   #7 
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I'm going full NPT in my 5.5 gallon!
i'm just not sure how to really design it. i dont know what plants to use where to put them, what substrate, etc.
please give me any suggestions you have! heres my tank now. i have an amazon sword (small green plant) and thats the only real plant in the tank so far.
please give me and suggestions for plant types / design ideas!
thanks!!
check the compatiability of plants in terms of light needs, temp range, and grow rate.

I over-estimated my order and my tank looks crowded... But then, I just need to replant the hygrophilia and pygymy chain swords.

Substrate:
Try the black Floramax.
Not sure how you want the tank to look, but I find this site aquascapingworld very inspiring:

http://www.aquascapingworld.com/maga...umi-Style.html

Cool sites: amano design, aquahobby.com, and scape.com
http://www.aquariumdesigngroup.com/

http://www.aquahobby.com/e_aquarium_plants.php

http://scapeclub.org/forum/forum.php?

For plants info/research, tropicalfishkeeping is helpful and it uses the same bettafish.com login info
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:04 PM   #8 
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check the compatiability of plants in terms of light needs, temp range, and grow rate.

I over-estimated my order and my tank looks crowded... But then, I just need to replant the hygrophilia and pygymy chain swords.

Substrate:
Try the black Floramax.
Not sure how you want the tank to look, but I find this site aquascapingworld very inspiring:

http://www.aquascapingworld.com/maga...umi-Style.html

Cool sites: amano design, aquahobby.com, and scape.com
http://www.aquariumdesigngroup.com/

http://www.aquahobby.com/e_aquarium_plants.php

http://scapeclub.org/forum/forum.php?

For plants info/research, tropicalfishkeeping is helpful and it uses the same bettafish.com login info
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/
Those links are fabulous!! Thanks for posting them.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:26 AM   #9 
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u r welcome, i enjoy browsing them while my plants are in QT...
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