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60p shrimp scape: looking for feedback on flora

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by wheatiesl337, Oct 28, 2013.

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    I was hoping for some feedback and additional planting suggestions on my first rimless scape.

    The tank is a 60p with ADA amazonia substrate. Lights are LEDs on a ramp timer. I have tested with a PAR meter and will have a high degree of control over the lighting. Filtration is a 10g sump. I was not planning on CO2.

    The tank will house CRS and yellow neos to start. The tank is currently in dry start. I am especially looking for feedback on the planned flora. Thanks!

    Current Flora: c. parva, c. lucens, a. nana petite, s. repens, e. parkeri, e. cinereum, peacock moss, m. minuta

    I am not sure the erios will make it without c02, but I can pull them and grow out in greenhouse if not, so I thought I would give it a try.

    The m. minuta grows so slowly, I was wondering if I should consider an additional foreground plant, such as monte carlo?

    I was also considering adding some c. petchii or a different small crypt to the background. I was looking for something with darker colors/reds to break up the greens that currently dominate.

    Finally, I have some marimo balls and other various moss with my shrimp currently. I was considering a marimo ball in the front corner where the container currently is, unless people would seriously recommend against using these. I have heard rumors that these (as glorified balls of algea) can cause clado in the tank, but after looking around on forums, I have only found anecdotal evidence supporting these assertions.

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    So I posted an update on this tank here: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showpost.php?p=4460169&postcount=2

    I don't feel like reformatting the pictures to post on this thread, since they aren't the best (need a macro lense). Anyways, I changed plans for the tank substantially. A friend of mine had some auto-dosing and c02 equipment he decided he wouldn't be using for a while, so I am injecting c02 on an EI regimen. c02 is on a timer, and it turns on about 2 hours before the lights.

    I flooded the tank about a month ago. For the first 3 weeks, I kept the c02 cranked way up and performed frequent water changes while I kept getting ammonia readings. Ammonia readings finally dropped off, and I backed off the c02 and added amano shrimp. For the last week, I have been slowly increasing c02 and watching my pH shift between night and day. I think c02 is about at the level I am comfortable with for inverts. No ammonia last reading.

    I am running about 50-60 PAR at the substrate for about 3.5 hours. 2 hours ramp up and 2 hours ramp down. This is higher PAR than i usually run, but I added UG, and am growing it under water for the first time. I want to make sure I do this right, so does anyone see anything I am doing wrong so far? Any suggestings? Will UG stay happy if I bring the PAR down to the 40ish range?

    I plan to add some more erios and make them a bit more of the focus of the open area on the right side. Open to other suggestions on the plantings.
     
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