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PotteryWalrus

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So, I've had plants in tanks before, but when I was a teenager doing this I was more concerned with how many cool skull and vase shaped aquarium ornaments I could fit in there than making it look at all natural! This is the first time I've really tried for a more natural/jungley type scape?

I've literally just used rocks and driftwood I already had and scrubbed/soaked them for a few days to get rid of any beach salt or pathogens, piled them up and stuck plants I go from ebay in various conditions wherever they would fit. I'm not even a 100% sure on the species ^^;;;

Hopefully it's not a total disgrace to this forum but I think it looks alright anyways!
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NAJAS GUPPY

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Looks good. Loving the terracota pipes/pots my favourite for aquascaping.

Any more pics? Hows it coming along now.

Have you grew to regret the duckweed yet? 😂 good for soaking up nutrients but can get annoyingly clingy when you put your hand in the tank... or virtually anything for that matter
 

NAJAS GUPPY

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H all, I like a floating plant, partially for its nutrient sponge capability.

I've found that Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum) is a <"better "duckweed">.

cheers Darrel
I could never get frogbit to like me for some reason. Duckweed loves me. The feeling was mutual for a while but i eventually nuked it out the tank. Too annoying whenever you quickly needed to put your hand in the tank and you came out with 10000's of duckweed attached as a new sleeve on your arm.

Always fancied water hyacinth but have heard it doesn't cope well with indoor lighting
 

dw1305

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Hi all,
Always fancied water hyacinth but have heard it doesn't cope well with indoor lighting
It struggles in the winter with light levels, we have a few threads about these <"turned up to eleven"> plants.
I could never get frogbit to like me for some reason.
Interesting, it might be <"a lack of iron in the water column">.

The ones I've struggled with are <"Red Root Floater (Phyllanthus fluitans)">, <"Hygroryza aristata"> and Azolla .

You could try <"Floating Fern (Salvinia (natans) auriculata group) or Nile Cabbage (Pistia stratiotes)">.

cheers Darrel
 

NAJAS GUPPY

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Hi all, It struggles in the winter with light levels, we have a few threads about these <"turned up to eleven"> plants.Interesting, it might be <"a lack of iron in the water column">.

The ones I've struggled with are <"Red Root Floater (Phyllanthus fluitans)">, <"Hygroryza aristata"> and Azolla .

You could try <"Floating Fern (Salvinia (natans) auriculata group) or Nile Cabbage (Pistia stratiotes)">.

cheers Darrel

Oh red root floater absolutely loathes me. Frogbit i could get going but never sustain. R.R.F. was virtually dead the moment it hit the water surface of my tank haha.

Azolla i have had mixed success with. It grew well but at the time i was keeping duckweed which swiftly outcompeted it in winter.

The two coexisted ok for a year or two. The summer azolla dominated and visa versa. One particularly hard winter duckweed swamped it out and the azolla couldn't make enough of a comeback in the spring.

My fault really. I have a very laid back approach to fish/plant keeping. I like to leave them too it... survival of the fittest in my tanks
 

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Hi all,
I have a very laid back approach to fish/plant keeping. I like to leave them too it... survival of the fittest in my tanks
<"Same for me"> .
Azolla i have had mixed success with. It grew well but at the time i was keeping duckweed which swiftly outcompeted it in winter.
I've found the same it tends to come and go a bit. I've had some outside in a bucket, in the shade, for the last two years and that has remained green and growing all that time. On the pond, and in the tank, boom (and nice and red) <"followed by bust">.

cheers Darrel
 
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