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    The plants I started the tank with are actually producing runners so they are doubling in a way. The thing is I have piranhas and yea I feel tough when I'm cleaning the tank and try to chase them around in front of my girlfriend and other people I don't really want to be messing around planting more plants right where they like to sit. But if it has to be done it will be done. I am brave. How many plants would you plant in a 55 gallon? I have a huge piece of driftwood in there also so my planting space is pretty limited. I have pics but I don't know how to post them on here so if anyone could help that would be great.

    On another note, what size tank(s) do you have and what kinds of fish? Do you have pics for all of us to see? Planted tanks are the most awesome things ever in the fish keeping world. The work, the beauty, everything.

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    You might want to take out the driftwood and tie some plants to it. That would be a lot safer, you could take your time, and it would solve the space problem.

    Some plants that attach themselves to driftwood are:

    - Microsorum pteropus (java ferns, probably the easiest)
    - the Anubias genus
    - the Bolbitis genus (needs a lot of current to do well)
    - various mosses (java moss is the easiest to find, but too stringy for me)

    There are others, but I either don't have experience with them or can't remember them.

    I have a 38 gallon shrimp tank... it's still growing in so I don't have pics to post yet. In a few months maybe.

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    Here an old pic of my planted tank..
    it looks similar now, but even more filled in with plants.
    (I will take some new pics!)
    Its a 28 gallon "bow front" tank.
    Its a little thinned out in this photo, because I had just done a major tank reorganization.



    here is my old aquarium webpage..
    http://www.geocities.com/scottychaos/aquapage.htm

    hasnt been updated in ages.
    because its on geocities, and geocities sucks, if more than 3 people look at that page this afternoon, geocities will lock it for "exeeding bandwidth"..so if the page is dead, just try back later!


    when I say "a LOT of plants" im thinking of this:
    (these are just random pics from the internet.)

    http://www.rockymountaindiscus.com/images/drwatson.jpg

    http://www.fintastic.us/custom/images/120-plant.jpg


    http://www.ratemyfishtank.com/images.../650/202_1.jpg

    something like this will *not* work..
    http://www.dgp.utoronto.ca/~jade/aqu...tenG_10_02.jpg
    because a tiny amount of plants still need the same amount of light as tank stuffed with plants..
    but a tiny amount of plants cant out-compete the algae, so the algae will explode..

    a planted tank is pretty much an "all or nothing" undertaking..
    you cant do it on a small scale and expect it to work..

    If you are really into planted aquariums, you have to get at least one of the "Nature Aquarium World" books by Takashi Amano..he is the GOD of planted aquaria! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Takashi Amano Pics

    I played around with the whole Co2 thing, made a yeast colony in a 2-liter bottle to produce Co2..IMO it wasnt worth the effort and I gave it up..the plants still do fine without it..

    Scot

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    I actually don't have a planted tank anymore. I have a reef tank.
    \"Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: \"Mankind\". Basically, it\'s made up of two separate words - \"mank\" and \"ind\". What do these words mean ? It\'s a mystery, and that\'s why so is mankind.\" ~ Jack Handey

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    How do you keep youre plants down and so compact like that?

    Thanks and Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (nepenthes_ak @ Mar. 14 2006,1:38)]How do you keep youre plants down and so compact like that?

    Thanks and Cheers
    "down and compact"??
    im not sure what you mean..
    I happen to have plants that only grow to a specific height..
    they wont grow to the top of the tank..

    Originally I had Spiral Vals, Rotala, Echindorus, Red Crypts and Java fern..

    over the years, the Spiral Vals, Rotala and Echindorus all died off!
    no idea why..
    the Red Crypts and Java fern however thrived..so I just left them alone and havent tried any other plants since!
    The tank simply found its own balance.
    the tank hasnt been seriously altered in 5 years..even most of the original fish are still alive! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    The photo above is from 5 years ago..how about some photos from 5 minutes ago! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    These pics arent as good as my old ones..because the old ones were taken with a 35mm film camera and good lighting..
    these new pics are just quick snapshots with a digital camera...but you get the idea.









    Scot

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    Like how do you get them to grow so close to each other, and have them not come out of the Gravel?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (nepenthes_ak @ Mar. 14 2006,3:42)]Like how do you get them to grow so close to each other, and have them not come out of the Gravel?

    Cheers
    im sorry..im not really getting what you are asking..

    they grow close together because I planted them that way..
    and they also grow that way themselves naturally.
    the red crypts put out new plants from runners all the time.

    they dont come out of the gravel for the same reason trees dont float out of the ground..

    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    Scot

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