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Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by samc, 15 Mar 2009.

  1. samc

    samc Member

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    hi all i feel a bit confused at the minuet as im planning my next tank which will be low growing. my idea was to use mainly grasses and wanted to use blyxa and acicularis but cant think which would grow taller. bylxa infront of acicularis or acicluaris infront of blyxa? i cant make my mind up. also would there be anything that would grow taller say 15-20cm tall? i just cant think :?
     
  2. Steve Smith

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    I would have your substrate banked so it's taller at the back, and have the blyxa at the rear. The bigger leaves would look a bit odd infront of the grass IMO unless it was like a feature :)
     
  3. Mark Evans

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    acicularis behind the blyxa. every time. just google amano. he uses acicularius all the time, unless on it's own it's used in the rear or around stones. lower light produces taller growth, obviously higher light makes it bend a little.

    you could use it to accent areas in the forground, but plant sparingly as it'll take over in no time!

    acicularis will grow to 20cm no probs if left alone
     
  4. Steve Smith

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    Really mate? Never knew this :) I had some acicularis in a little low light nano (11w over 27 litre cube). It didn't seem to grow that tall for me. I literally left it alone :)
     
  5. Mark Evans

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    in my 60 x 30 x 36 it touched the top. and in my 35l arcadia. you sure it was acicualris and not parvula?....
     
  6. samc

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    thanks for the info guys i agree with u both but because like saintly says acicluaris will grow to 20cm it would be bigger than the blyxa but i think ill mix the blyxa with some e tennelus or should i put that behind or infront of the blyxa :oops: the thing is iv never had blyxa so iv never had experience with the growth pattern
     
  7. Steve Smith

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    Definitely acicularis :) Bought from a garden centre pond plant section (£3 for a 10x10cm tub! Much cheaper than buying a little pot, and probably about 20 pots worth!)
     
  8. Mark Evans

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    remember there's no right or wrong, but i'd put tenellus at the side of blyxa or behind. something to think about....blyxa and tenellus can look the same. until tenellus is trimmed, then it grows shorter and redder IME.

    also rmember that tenellus is very invasive! i'm having difficulty in stopping it crawling over every other plant in my MA scape.

    look at my ma scape and see how the same plants look together.

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    blyxa, left and right corners. tenellus behind blyxa. and side of stones. acicualris sparingly planted...heavy at back. pictue dont show this.

    you gota think about the long term effect your after. blyxa, left alone will of course grow massive, but trimmed can be kept at a certain height. same with acicualris
     
  9. JamesM

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    ime, Parvula is much shorter and bends/curls a lot compared to Acicularis. I never got mine (from Steve and also some extra from MA) to get taller than 10cm.
     
  10. Mark Evans

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    ignore the crap scaping, but this was roughly 20cm. it ended up much taller still.i've managed to get it to do it on most occasions. thats how i see it in amano tanks too

    _MG_9366-01-1.jpg
     
  11. samc

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    nice one thanks again this is the kind of thing i am looking at

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    i like the background on there which is e tenellus but in thinking of adding some parvulus (front) and acicularis at the back but not sure if i should put blyxa in there too
     
  12. Steve Smith

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    To continue the Acicularis mystery, heres pics of mine from my low light setup I mentioned earlier:

    Just planted:

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    After a month:

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    It never got any longer then this really.

    Anyhow, nice example pic. Blyxa might give you a nice contrasting texture.
     
  13. samc

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    thanks its confusing me mine iv got growing is between yours and saintlys lol
     

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