I have almost finished my stand for the 55. It's been pretty cold here lately which has made me lazy enough not to work on the stand outside, lol. All i need to do now is install the hinges for the doors and primer and paint it. I had to go with an open top design because i didn't want to pay the extra $50 for the material to close off the top (HD only sells the large 8'x4' sheets). So, i plan to hang the catalina fixture from the ceiling like i did with the 10g lights. Hopefully it can be reinforced somehow. here are the pics of the stand:
front before the doors were cut
doors cut (i might add a trim around the doors since i do not have the straightest hand with an electric saw, lol)
some molding added.
now, on to the 10g tank that is currently up and running. I received what i believe a more than generous RAOK from Eden Marel, this is what she sent:
Hygro 'siamensis' (identified) i believe this is the one on the left
hygro 'tiger' (no idea which this is)
e. vesuvius plantlets (identified, but it doesn't seem to be doing that well)
e. tenellus plant lets (identified, has runners already)
Rotala rotundifolia (identified, i already had to trim this stem a few times already)
ludwigia arcuataxrepens (no idea which this is)
HM (not sure)
the ones with the (identified) tag are the ones that i have figured out on my own. for the rest i do not know which is which. can anyone help me out?
i did a good trimming this morning. I'm not sure if i should be trimming the roots that are extending from the plants on the left. it seems they are trying to root to the substrate? But i do not want them to go towards the substrate, do the roots have to be cut? will it hurt the plant?
i couldn't identify this one. is this the tiger?
glosso was pretty much dead when i transfered it over here. it is doing much better now.
the crazy left side!
Top right, not sure which this plant is either.
I just realized that i ask a whole lot of questions which might be the reason i do not get many answers, lol. I'm just a noob who likes to ask 1 too many questions, so i'm sry for that. any help is always appreciated. remember that this is just a grow out tank and that this layout will not remain once the other 10 and the 55 are set up. this tank will ultimately provide the plants to start the other tanks.
thanks for viewing.