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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #1174:Plants for the front corner


Roger wrote:

>Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 14:11:49 -0600 (MDT)
>From: "Roger S. Miller" <rgrmill at rt66_com>
>Subject: aquascaping the front corners
>While working on one of my tanks just now I found myself short on ideas
>for aquascaping the front corners of the tank.  In this particular tank,
>the front corners are heavily shaded, which seems to be a special problem.
>I have problems in my other tanks as well, trying to find appropriate
>plants and good things to do in the front corners.  What do y'all do
>there?  What about the special case of heavily shaded corners?
>Roger Miller

   Depending on what types of leaf shapes and colors you wish and also
heights of the plants there are some very good plants for those corners. A
nice Crypt stand group would look very nice. I have several tanks with this
set up. They can do very well in low light too. There are different colors
to chose from, some grow only 3 inches or so to 30 inches+ depending on the
species. C. parva would be nice but needs more light than many of the other
Crypts (too bad).
    Other plants: Good old moneywart(Bacopa monniera) in  a pruned-terraced
group, Anubias barteri var.nana or taller types too depending on the height
you want and the effect. Pennywart (Hydrocotyle leucopetala) can slope out
from the dark to the light areas with a nice effect also and still grow
What about a small branch or stone covered with java moss or fern? This
could could give a neat effect too.
Some vals can sneak some leaves out the higher light areas like the
pennywart too and are nice also. Terracing the corner up higher to the light
might be considered if applicable.
Tall grass and/or stem plants can arch over to the light. With the stem
plants, a nice pruned slope towards the back away from the side and the
front pane looks very nice. These can be less unruly than some grass plants
being more prunable.Play with the shape of this corner group (by pruning) to
find how it complements your overall tank. 
Stone or driftwood alone can be a nice effect too, every square inch does
not have to be planted.
It's sure hard to not plant every bit of the tanks most of the time<G>!
Well, this should generate some ideas.
Take care,
Tom Barr