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foreground brown thumb

PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:43 pm
by thedon
I have a 29 gallon tank that I plan to enter in the next ada aquascaping contests. However, the problem is I can't seem to get my foreground plants to stay alive long enough to fully expand and cover the enire foreground. I've had micro sword, glosso, and dwarf baby tears all have failed. I use garvel fertilizers as well as liquid I inject CO2 into the water and all the rest of the plants are doing fine. Can someone please help? The remaining plants are wisteria, rotala wallichii, didiplis diandra, anubias nana, java fern, and riccia. All of which are doing just fine.

Re: foreground brown thumb

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:19 am
by freshfish
IME foreground plants do best in substrates containing nutrients and also tend to be a bit more light-demanding since they are the plants furthest from the light. Especially in a deep tank like a 29gal.

So you may want to change out at least just the foreground of the tank for a substrate other than gravel. Lots of options to choose from.

What's your lighting situation? You may want to try out some "low light" foregrounds, like Marselia minuta or E. tenellus 'narrow' or 'micro.'

Re: foreground brown thumb

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:21 am
by kb46
I have heard of people training wisteria to grow pronate - if you have high enough light levels it might work for you.
Kylie

Re: foreground brown thumb

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:30 am
by montanahh
Try Echin. Angustifolius as another suggestion. It works great in lower light conditions and spreads like crazy. I have to trim mine back weekly. Freshfish is right on with the substrate. A rich substrate across the front few inches or so would do wonders, and wouldnt require much effort at all.

Re: foreground brown thumb

PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:33 pm
by Crazygar
It takes sometime to train Wisteria do grow like this but it requires almost daily pruning of "higher" stems and replanting. Eventually I did manage to get it growing horizontally rather than vertically (I also was blasting some serious light w/nutrient laden substrate).

Have you tried Hairgrass?

Gary

Re: foreground brown thumb

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:20 am
by montanahh
"Lilaeopsis is a short grass like plant that grows into a thick grassy lawn. The more common specie grows very slowly and needs very bright light. This variety which has been popular in Europe for some time now, grows faster and does not require as much light. Under lower light it will grow taller, as opposed to bright light where it will grow quite short and spread as a lawn carpet. It spreads by short underground runners.
This variety is known in Europe as Lilaeopsis mauritiana. "Maurituis" is the name of the location where this plant was first discovered according to Tropica Plants of Denmark. This is the first time this plant has been cultivated commercially in the USA, and may be availabl for a llimited time only. The other characteristic of this plant is the leaf is much more narrow than its more common cousin.

Warning: this plant is grown hydroponically in pots and it appears to be much taller than what it will grow to be as it spreads in the aquarium. If you have tried normal Micro sword, Lilaeopsis before, you will find this specie much easier and quicker to grow." This quote from Robert at AquaBotanic.

I am trying this variety in a new clients setup. I will let you know how it goes.

Re: foreground brown thumb

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:22 am
by Crazygar
Hairgrass does well if you give it time to take root and spread.

Gary