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shockshockshad
02-17-2008, 11:23 PM
What is the brownish plantin the picture? I see this plant in many setups and I really like it. What are the difficuly levels and light levels?

smaug
02-17-2008, 11:30 PM
the left plant is alternanthera reineckii the one on the right appears to be rotala macrandra.I think!

Dave66
02-17-2008, 11:34 PM
Shad,
All the plants in that layout need high light as in 4 or 5 watts per gallon and 30 to 35 ppm Co2. Not to mention a great, fine-grade substrate and subsurface heating. Only one that wouldn't would be the Java moss in the lower right.

Dave

shockshockshad
02-17-2008, 11:36 PM
I don't have a test kit for CO2, but I have 4.3 watts per gallon. I have very fine (1 millimeter wide) gravel, but no heating. Can I still get it?

Dave66
02-18-2008, 12:00 AM
Shad,
Go to aquariumlandscapes.net, product overview, Co2. There's a little blown-glass indicator that will turn green when the Co2 is optimal for plants (and fish). Will give you a visual confirmation of your Co2 level.
You can, though buy several of a species as a few might not make it in a cooler substrate.

Dave

shockshockshad
02-18-2008, 12:08 AM
Dave, are you sure there is not a cheaper one? I can get it, but if there is a less expesive (but good quality) tester I would get that.

Dave66
02-18-2008, 12:12 AM
That's the cheapest accurate one I know of. Only thing equally accurate would be an electric monitor with probe, and you'd be talking around 1,500 for that.
Only reason I suggested that indicator is liquid Co2 test kits are far from accurate. And that glass thing lasts forever, as I've had one in several tanks for years and years.

Dave