Is threre a big plant ID thread Im not aware of? There should be at least!
So, what Moss could this be?
This is grown under a single t5 in low tech No ferts conditions so Im rather impressed. Second favourite low tech Moss behind spiky Moss.
You are better off getting pressurized CO2 over 2 more bulbs for pure results, especcially with slow growers that don't demand much light like anubias and crypts.
It's so easy to get green spot algae on anubias with too high PAR values.
I've seen these cheap flood light have different light quality even at the same color temperature on paper. Must be different diodes used with different CRI rating and different looking peaks in the spectrum. Do you have a picture of the tank lit by the lamp?
Usually no colder than 21C / 70F. With some fish species I don't go under 25C.
Maybe you should raise the temperature in the room to avoid putting an ugly heater in there. :thumbup:
Personally I prefer my living room around 21-22C.
Monte carlo grow larger leaves with more CO2 in the water and subsequently smaller leaves in less CO2 environments.
A big chunk of peoples problem with growing plants are CO2 related and not ferts related.
Unrelated but bioballs suck in a canister. Use a media with more surface area like any...
Amazon swords are not the easiest of plants in pure gravel setups with lower light levels. They are grown emersed like 95+% of all aquarium plants and they will shed their leafs to adopt to new submersed growth.
Gold fish are not plant safe either and so are ancistrus, especially with swords and...
Black molly will not really reduce BBA. Black molly are great for surface film build-up and they are one of few fish that can consume cyano. Siamese algae eaters actually do an amazing job eating BBA. Get 1 for every 50 litre if you have an outbreak, 2 if it's severe.
By the look of the algae...
You can achieve much smaller leaf size with heavy trimming with a "standard" variety.
I had a tank with goldfish that grazed down a java over the course of a year and the leaves never grew larger than a few cm after the goldfish was removed.
Or you can just get one that genetically has a...
Much better to buy in vitro plants or plants that hasn't been in water yet straight from the nursery at tropica and dennerly etc as almost all aquarium plants are grown emersed. Just ask your fishstore for it.
Lot's of people me included were perplexed by the ranking of this scape. Don't get me wrong it's a terrific and clean scape but some that placed above in had it beat when it come to artistic expression, composition detail and imagination by a large margin.
Like these masterpieces.
I have spiky moss attaching to wood no problem. You just can let it grow too thick and let the lower layers that are in touch with the wood get light deprived which in turn make the de-attach over time.
This is true for many moss though.
It's easier to build a steeper slope with a heavier and uneven substrate.
A trick from keeping avalanches at bay is to stuff things in the substrate at the slope. The green machine sell something they call TGM Substrate Supports which is basically corrugated plastic you can find on amazon and...
You want to add as much detail and dynamics as possible as long as it looks natural. Those thin roots need to be wrapped in line with the larger wood they are attached to just like in nature.
This takes a lot of work and trial and error.
You know how much time was spend on this hardscape...
So your Amazonia is from an older tank and your canister is already cycled?
If so excessive water changes may not be necessary in the beginning.
The ADA substrate leech a lot of ammonia from the start which is why they suggest doing frequent water changes. You also only need to dose potassium...
You need to go back to the drawing board with this tank if you want to succeed and have a beautiful aquascape with lush plants. First you need to get a sense of what you want the tank to look like and be inspired with other aquariums so you have something to aim for and a blueprint. Beginners...
Great looking hardscape but I would add some extra height to the left side for a more balanced layout. Just don't make both sides too alike. Yes riccardia growing on some of the stones and HC and Monte Carlo growing on the substrate and draping over some of the bare stones would look good. Maybe...
Dimension on the tank?
Personally I would add at least another large piece of wood but that is also depending on what type of composition you are going for. Some stones may be fitting but not necessary.
Here are some inspiration for composition and planting.
In my experience is BBA strongly correlated to high organics.
I base that on 60 low tech aquariums of different flora and fauna. Dirty substrate and filter is the most common trigger. Too many fish, not enough water changes and gravel vac.
I can trigger BBA in a low tech aquarium with medium...
I have to disagree about everyone shitting on the diorama type scapes per say. Sure the ones that look like miniature landscapes above water, especially the ones with miniature tree imitations looks a bit out of place in an aquarium, as out of place as miniature divers and plastic skulls...
I've been really happy with the 1-2 grow by Tropica so far. You get more stems for you money and the plants are healthy, snail and algae free.
The one exception is Hydrocotyle tripartita which came looking weak, thin and not a lot of plants in there. Buy the standard rock wool version is my...
Tropica is selling a moss called Taxiphyllum 'Spiky' which they categorize as Christmas moss big brother.
Grows more beautiful than java moss in a low tech tank but try keeping up with tight trimming from the start or you will get die back from the inner light depraved part and your moss might...
It's actually possible to get a HC carpet without CO2.
With the aid of soil and a few months of emersed growth to ensure healthy root systems it can be done in a tank were no other plant compete for CO2.
Before you think about the technical, take some time to reflect on how your tank should look like in an optimal situation. Get inspired by all types of planted aquariums and aquascapes and figure out the layout you find most attractive.
This will in turn guide your technical apparatuses...
I have this plants in many type of aquariums, both low light, low tech to high tech, high light. In a low to medium light non co2 tank the plant grows very healthy and bushy. In a high tech tank with good lighting the internodes will grow far apart and looks leggy.
The behavior is opposite of...
First, really nice looking scape and the reason I signed up after reading here for some time.
Are these the correct plant species?
Pearl Weed (Hemianthus micranthemoides)
Bucephalandra (what variety?)
I bet the Parva...