First aquascape.... hardscape done, need help please! :)

johnre14

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Hi all,

I have just started setup of my first attempt at a 'proper' planted tank.... and wondering if I could trouble you for some help! The setup is as follows:
  • Oase Styleline 85 tank (75L)
  • Oase Biomaster Thermo 250 external filter
  • Glass lily pipe inlet and outlet
  • Lighting with the two LED tubes provided (and adding one more which is currently on order) - each tube 8W, 900lm, 6500K
  • Substrate Tropica Aquarium soil
  • Dragon stone and wood hardscape
  • Tapwater here is hard (Hampshire)
This is to home dwarf pufferfish, Oto, snail and shrimp (which I already own in another tank). I was going to run this with no CO2, but have changed my mind and am just in the process of getting a complete CO2 pressurised kit for it, with in line diffuser. Never used CO2 before so mildly concerned i'll blow myself up or kill everything, or both, but we shall see!

I can't decide whether to fill the tank and run it dark for a bit (thus allowing the wood to soak also), or wait until I get the CO2, plant all the plants, then fill etc etc??

For plants, I was thinking along the lines of:
  • Anubias (petite, bonsai etc) on the wood/rock
  • Bucephalandra (I LOVE these) on the rocks
  • Microsorum trident
  • Pogostemon helferi
  • Crypts e.g. beckett petchii
  • Weeping moss
  • Possible java/spiky moss
  • Staurogyne repens
  • Carpeting with Eleocharis mini or lileopsis, possibly some Micranthemum monte carlo?
  • Limnobium and/or Hygroryza aristata (the latter I have grown before and love, though maybe too big for this tank?
  • And something fast growing and busy for background and to help with starting, e.g. H. difformis, H. sameness, L. palustris
I feel I should probably have some stem plants to rapidly expand plant mass and help with algae etc but I really don't like a lot of them! And I think too many different plant types in this tank will look crowded, messy and less natural?

Does anyone have any suggestions for setup from here, plant choice and positioning etc? I was just going to wing it, but i'm a bit of a perfectionist and its stressing me out more than it should trying to deicide what plants, where etc!

Thank you for your time and sorry for the rambling post!

Best wishes to all,
John
 

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Jayefc1

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I would wait for co2 and get it going no live stock while the filtet matures means you can ramp up the co2 to help the plants transition if you really dont like stems you could by some and float them till the tank settles then lift them out
Nice tank and hardscape is the wood fixed at all wouldnt want to see it float on you and can you get your hands round to clean the glass easy maintenance makes life much easier
 

johnre14

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Thanks for the advice, appreciate it! Yeh none of the wood touches the front/side glass so I can get around... the rock is against the glass in places at the back but I figure I can’t see it anyway! I am mildly concerned about floaters.. ;) The wood is pinned under the rocks, and the small bits are glued to the larger bits... but I think I’m going to weight it down with rocks when I fill it, just for a bit... of it floats up and disturbs the scape I’ll cry haha.
 

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Hi all,
I feel I should probably have some stem plants to rapidly expand plant mass and help with algae etc but I really don't like a lot of them!
Limnobium and/or Hygroryza aristata (the latter I have grown before and love, though maybe too big for this tank?
You can use the floating plant as your "stem", they have access to aerial CO2, so aren't <"ever CO2 limited">. <"I'm not a CO2 user"> so having a plant that definitely isn't CO2 limited is very useful.

I didn't have much success with <"Hygrorhyza aristata">, but I have <"Limnobium laevigatum"> on all the tanks.

cheers Darrel
 

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