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post #211 of 2058 (permalink) Old 11-13-2010, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
Worms are thriving and producing in the tank?

No Seachem Excell?

So amazed at the growth especially since you are using T12 bulbs.
More detailed info on my tank here:

I added worms around Nov 1st:

I took this pic on Nov 8th:

I also added some to my 30g and I noticed a tiny blackworm corkscrewing through the water. There is nice blackworm thread on aquariacentral iirc. They are more than able to survive in the substrate of a tank. I always see my CPD females and some endler females lurking and staring at the substrate and I caught one snagging a worm from the substrate. The worms will automatically severe a section of their body if it is caught and thrashed around.

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post #212 of 2058 (permalink) Old 11-14-2010, 02:07 PM
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Goodness OoglyBoogly -- that's quite a tank. I'm partial to the jungle look.
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post #213 of 2058 (permalink) Old 11-14-2010, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Algaegator View Post
Goodness OoglyBoogly -- that's quite a tank. I'm partial to the jungle look.
Thanks I too am partial to the jungle look. My friends call my backyard "Little Vietnam"... heh my mother is FOB from there... well fresh being 35 years ago!

It must be in my blood hah
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post #214 of 2058 (permalink) Old 11-14-2010, 04:00 PM
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150G 72*20*24
160lbs Caribsea Torpedo Beach Sand
Manzanita Branches and Riverstones for Hardscape
260watts PC(4ft fixture)
3 XP3 Canisters, 1 Emp 400, 2 Powerheads with "quickfilter" sponges
Weekly Flourish dosing if I remember

Needle Leaf Fern
Regular Leaf Java Fern
Amazon Swords
Anubias Barteri
Anubias Nana
Anubias gigantea
Anubias minima
C. Lucens

5 Geophagus abalios
5 Geophagus pindare(moving them out soon)
4 Rainbow Cichlids
4 Albino Bristlenose
2 Rotkeil Severums
1 Female Green Terror
1 L330 Royal Pleco
25-30(who can remember or count them?) Buenos Aires Tetras

3x75 gallons|2x55 gallons|2x50 gallons|3x40 gallons|1x29 gallon|1x10 gallon
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post #215 of 2058 (permalink) Old 11-14-2010, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by lauraleellbp View Post
Very nice OoglyBoogly! I'd skip the clam though- it will disappear down into your substrate and starve to death and possibly pollute your tank. WeedCali- your pics have never shown up for me.
If I ever got a clam I'd use this method that I read about which is to basically put a bunch of holes in a mott's apple sauce container and fill it with sand and put the clam in that... I'm not sure if the clam would get out of it if it were deep enough so I'd probably put a hair net or loofah net over it too
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post #216 of 2058 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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That won't keep it from starving to death...

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post #217 of 2058 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 01:31 AM
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Originally Posted by lauraleellbp View Post
That won't keep it from starving to death...
Heh I can't handle any more mass deaths in my tank after my shrimp fiasco. If something crazy like that happens again I will be getting rid of my tank sooner than planned.
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post #218 of 2058 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 04:31 AM
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Since I'm posting today for the first time in a looooonnnng time anyway I figured I'd post a quick FTS of my 30g and one of my 10g




30g Low Tech Journal
5 & 10g Low Tech Journal
3 year old Tibetan Terrier named Whisky
11 year old miniature Poodle named Cody
I enjoy having a zoo to care for!
20gH Planted tank,5g Planted Betta Tank
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post #219 of 2058 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 01:52 AM
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Here is my 120 gallon aquarium built into a wall
Lighting: two single T5 HO suspended 28 inches above substrate
filtration: two eheim 2217; airstone at night
CO2: none
Ferts: Root Medic root tabs and water column macro/micro once per week
Fauna: Roseline sharks, various tetras (rummy nose, cardinal, lemon), platys, pineapple swords, cherry barbs, betta, dwarf neon rainbows and a cleaning crew
Flora: mostly anubias and crypts, amazon swords, kleiner sword, tiger lotus, banana plant
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post #220 of 2058 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 02:06 AM
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You have a beautiful tank iliketogolf.
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post #221 of 2058 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 03:22 AM
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post #222 of 2058 (permalink) Old 12-04-2010, 04:17 PM
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I now have serious big tank envy! There are some really amazing tanks on this thread. I'm new to the whole planted tank thing, and haven't had an aquarium of any kind except a betta bowl back in college. I'm not ready for the time or $$$ it takes to run a CO2 set-up, so I went low-tech.

I've got two 6 gal "Bookshelf" tanks set up for my bettas. Both tanks are blackwater tanks, and have one betta, three pepper cats, five ramshorn snails (that I know of) and a large load of plants (somewhere I've got a list, but I can't find it at the moment). And yes, apparently I'm a terrible tank photographer. I can't seem to find the right setting on my camera. *sigh*

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post #223 of 2058 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 06:05 PM
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post #224 of 2058 (permalink) Old 12-08-2010, 07:24 PM
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I'll add mine to the mix. Started the 'build' in July of 2010. 3D AquaTerra background first and all the hardware. Fish and plants added in August. Starting to learn about dry ferts and dosing, but I'm actually enjoying the slower growth rate of the plants. Here's the basics:
  • 155g with overhead canopy.
  • No CO2.
  • 2 sets of Catalina retrofit light kits, each contains 2-39watt T5-HO bulbs (6,500K), on for 10 hours/day.
  • 3 sets of blue, LED moonlights.
  • Eco-Complete substrate.
  • Rena XP3 and an XP4 for filtration.
  • 2 Koralia circulation pumps behind the background to keep the water moving!
Starting it all:

Water, some driftwood, a couple of plants and some fish you can't really see:

Some progression. Now a couple of blurry Discus, new driftwood and a few more plants:

Current pics, left side close up:

Mostly center:

Right hand side:

And one of most of the 'gang', OK everyone, face left!

To see more pictures and my build journal, click the link below in my signature line. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

155 gallon (low tech) planted (not at the moment, after removing the Eco-Complete) Discus aquarium with 3D AquaTerra background, started in July 2010. EcoComplete substrate is now gone, replaced with sand, Rena XP3 and XP4 for filtration, Catalina 35" T5HO retrofit - 2x39 watt (two units) mounted in overhead canopy. Link to my journal for the 155.
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post #225 of 2058 (permalink) Old 12-10-2010, 04:21 PM
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Those are the most current pics I have.

Both are set up with about 20W of CFL lighting, and a variety of plants. Let me see if I can remember..

Top tank-
ph- 7.3 (with limestone)
no filters at all.
dwarf sag
echinodorus blehiri var compacta
alternanthera (since has died down to one stem)
prospernicta palistrus (mysteriously disappeared)
cabomba green
cabomba furcata
echinodorus var vesuvius
Potamogeton Gayi (since died)

unknown hordes of guppies.

Bottom tank:
same equipment, but a 23W cool white spotlight instead of 2 10W cfls.

Bacopa monnerei
java moss
java fern
small potted echinodorus blehiri
pygmy chain sword

guppies that have since been returned to main tank. Currently 1 hardcore ghost shrimp.

I also have a 1 gallon tank here:

Lighting: none
Substrate: soil, like all my others.
Filtration- none
heating- none (I know, I'm trying to find a little one. Ambient room temps are usually about 74.)
Hygro difformis
dwarf sag
banana plant
java moss

1 crowntail betta, named Jackie.
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