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post #631 of 1806 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 10:59 PM
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It's so nice to see different uses of plants - I especially love the look of the bamboo stems as columns, and the plants potted in terra cotta pots. For some reason I really like the look of terra cotta pots in an aquarium, cableguy is doing the same thing. maybe it's the ease created for moving plants that outgrow (or undergrow) their placement, and if you get algae you could just pull the pot to treat the plant!
I'm going to be setting up a 125g tank this summer and I have huge pieces of driftwood for it. Rather than tuck plants in-between in the nooks left by the wood, I am strongly leaning towards potting up my plants so I can move them about as needed.
All of these tanks look great - thanks for posting!

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Twin 29g Dirt Tanks on an Iron Stand - DIY 3D Backgrounds
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post #632 of 1806 (permalink) Old 02-26-2012, 07:05 AM
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Got into this hobby just under a year ago and this forum has been a ton of help. Here's my tank 9-gallon which was started back in September.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/loreley...8125/lightbox/



Plants:
  • rotala indica
  • myriophyllum mattogrosense
  • lilaeopsis brasiliensis
  • pogostemon helferi
  • bolbitis (african fern)
  • java fern
  • taiwan moss

Fauna:
  • cherry shrimp 50x+
  • crystal red shrimp ~15x
  • chili rasbora (boraras brigittae) 5x
  • snails. lots of them. heh

No CO2. Small dose of Excel during water changes (~20% roughly every two weeks). Occasionally dose nutrafin african cichlid water conditioner since the water here is pretty soft.
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post #633 of 1806 (permalink) Old 02-26-2012, 08:06 PM
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here's my 5 gallon (35x22x24cm tall)

ADA style stand
aquasoil II
river rocks
cactus wood for the shrimp to hide in and plants to grow on.

Plants:
various crypts, large ones in the middle are C. blassi
dwarf Sag
Hygro polysperma 'sunset'
anubias nana 'petite'
flame moss
echinodorus vesuvius
an un ID's aponogeton that stays VERY small with ovoid floating leaves that are always less than 4x1cm.
a couple houseplants with wet feet.


I am currently using a 12 watt (12 x 1 watt cool white emitters) par 38 bulb with 40 degree optics hence the height from the water which is around 16 inches. I'm not happy with the coverage and have ordered 2x flexible bulb sockets and two smaller bulbs with 3 x 3watt emitters and wider angle optics. i want more spread and light for the emergent plants.

small internal filter set on low with a spraybar attached, and a 25 watt heater.
Fauna
50+ pearl blue shrimps
12 or so low grade CRS
2 random CBS culls
2 small SAEs that are not doing their job

a small water changes every 2 weeks or so, no fertilizing, no CO2 and about 9 hours of lighting per day

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post #634 of 1806 (permalink) Old 02-29-2012, 05:13 AM
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Rescaped 11 months ago. Tank is 5 foot, runs 144w of light, no Co2 or fertz, JBL aquabasis capped with gravel as substrate.

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Rescaped 11 months ago. Tank is 5 foot, runs 144w of light, no Co2 or fertz, JBL aquabasis capped with gravel as substrate.

Wow...that is gorgeous! Do you have a journal for it?
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post #636 of 1806 (permalink) Old 02-29-2012, 10:43 AM
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You beat me to it - I was going to ask about a journal, too!

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I'm too afraid of high tech.
Here is my 1 gallon shrimp tank.
Substrate - MGOPS capped with CaribSea Tahitian Moon
Lighting - Single LED clip on booklight from Ikea.
Tank - 1 Gallon Marina Cubus
Equipment - DIY sponge filter and Marina 10 watt heater.
Fauna - 5 red cherry shrimp.
Flora - Water Wisteria, Marsilea (not sure what kind), Creeping Jenny, Fissidens, Anubias nana petite, salvinia, frogbit.
Hardscape - Found driftwood and lace rock.

I learned that you really don't need as much as is the norm. Light Co2, fertz. I learned I didnt need most of those with what I was going for.
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Nice tanks everyone.
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post #640 of 1806 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 07:34 AM
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@ Erica and Driftwoodhunter: There is a partial journal on here but the full story can be found athttp://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...TED-26-2-2012*
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post #641 of 1806 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 03:06 PM
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Thanks for the link - what a fascinating learning experience! I just skimmed it as I have to go out now, but I'll get into the details later.
Thanks again : )

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The Behemoth - 125 dirt tank
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post #642 of 1806 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 04:51 PM
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All four of my tanks are no CO2. The top pic is of the oldest and the bottom pic is of the newest. I bought water sprite and no matter where you put this plant it takes over better than hornwort or anything. Having a plant like that to fill in a tank quickly has been great. The last pic is of a 20L I just whipped up a month ago because I finally found locally sold American Flagfish and I've been wanting to watch them.

I've been in the hobby for about 2 1/2 years now. If you've got any advise, I would appreciate it - you could go to my tank profiles and comment there on any of these four tanks as well as learn more about there contents.
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post #643 of 1806 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012, 02:07 AM
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120 discus tank hehe

ludwigia
wysteria
unknown big plnts that are doing really well
peice of amazon sword and im not sure what knd of swords they are that are planted around the place
and a crypt of some kind thats doing okay

lighting 2x39watt t5ho 10k

20% waterchange daily

7 discus of varying types
bristle nose cats and sucker cats( bristle nose keep houng down the overflow into the sump)





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mine is a real crappy cell phone pic but this is it, its a 20L built in bookshelf red claw macro tank with a couple endlers/albn and a few different types of flora. it doesnt look like a show tank imo but looks alright , got a few plants in yesterday so the layout of them is off and will be changed but it does the job for now, has about 8 caves (lacerock) blackdiamond substrate with a single 2' t5ho with parabolic reflecter, its only about 2months old so still has a bit befor filled in to my standards lol.
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This is my 35 gallon hex.

No CO2. Stock light with GE aquarium bulb. HOB filter. 200watt heater. Plain old gravel. I put in root tabs every few months for the lotus. Weekly water changes (15-20%) with one large water change a month (25-35%).

I have twaian/christmas moss everywhere. Java fern covers the piece of driftwood almost completely. Also have several red lotus plants.

I have 17 neon tetras. 4 diamond tetra fry. 4 otos. 2 bristlenose plecos. 2 bolivian rams. 1 betta in my tank. Maybe little too much, but never had a problem.

Sorry for crappy pictures.



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