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I liked scaping my first tank so much, I decided to jump into a second. It's a birthday present for my son. I want to keep the black lava rock in front and do red only stems in the back. Maybe add some red epiphyte plants at the base of the scape and some kind of midground on the side/sides? Probably some redroot floaters as well. What are your thoughts? This will be a low tech and low light betta tank that will receive no nitrate/phosphate outside of food and lean ferts. Tank is 10" square.20230525_211956.jpg.bfb21dc63b8cbd822910252e26e84cb8.jpg


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So I've got rotala red and ludwigia s. red as stems (I may add some h'ra for contrast but idk). Alternanthera reineckii mini as a small midground (in the right side rockwork pocket). Any epiphyte ideas? They would mainly be lodged between the wood and rock. I was considering nana petite, again for the contrast, but maybe some darker buce? Are there any truly red epiphytes?

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My rotalas never got actually red with tropica aquasoil and high tech plant led, just no co2. I wouldn't recommend rotalas myself. The best they get is orangeish for me. I tried Rotala Vietnam H'ra Red. Hope you can have some success. For me they approximately look like this

Rotala H'ra Hra Planta Acuática Acuario | MercadoLibre

Meanwhile they should be looking like this:

Rotala Vietnam H'ra Red In Vitro Cup Canlı Bitki

I can successfully keep red/orange ludwigia varieties without co2, but again with hightech light and aquasoil.

Alternanthera reineckii is super easy. That's a good choice there

Red goes really well with dark color bucephalandra type greens and whites imo. They are quite fragile but I believe anubias white may also look really good. I have 4 types of bucephalandra, and I can barely tell any difference 😄 

Anubias white:

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Anubias Anubias sp. Mini White Pearl CUP - Olibetta Online Shop

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