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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-13-2010, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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55g Hello Rockview! (Piranha Paradise)

Hey to all. I am new to the planted aquarium hobby and loving every thing about it. This site has been a great help, and the users have given me so much knowledge. Thanks to all who have replied to my posts. So here is my set up now, please feel free to post comments, concerns, tips, hints, criticism, advice, anything.

I have a 55 gallon tank, I painted the back black, and have a black stand.
I have a standard 24'' top on the left, and on the right i have 1 standard 15w light, and a 65w Coralife aqualight.
I have planted most of my plants on the right side of the tank so they can get the most light.
On the left side (aka the dark side) i have a rock formation that provided great hiding spots for my baby Red Bellies. I am trying to grow moss on the top rock now.
Directly in the middle i have a large piece of driftwood.

As far as plants go i have:
1 Amazon Swards
1 Onion Plant
2 Anubias 1 on a piece of drift wood.
Some Micro Sward
2 Alternanthera Reineckii
2 Carolina Fanworth
2 Water Sprites
1 Tiger Lotus
Some Flame Moss


I Have 2 HOB filters that give me 300 gph of filtration, I cant wait until i can afford a canister filter.
I have 1 Marineland Stealth Pro Heater 200w and keep my tank at 78 degrees.
On the planted side I used 2 bags of Eco Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate. On the unplanted side i used 2 bags of small grain black pebbles.
I have a Powerhead in the upper left corner that creats a good flow across the first half of the aquarium dying out quickly after that (the drift wood protects the plants).

All advice would be great, so let me know what you think.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-13-2010, 08:00 PM
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what are those grass like plants you have in the front??
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Micro Sward... I bought 2 of them from my lfs in a pot, then i cut the pot in half to give me 4 bunches. I am already seeing new grass growth.

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thanks, looks good
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Thank you.

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Thank you.

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post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-17-2010, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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I picked up 6 Red Bellys today... They are all about the size of a quarter or a little smaller. Also did a quck trim on my Carolina Fanworth and my Alternanthera Reineckii.
I ordered some flame moss to grow over the top rock on the left side of the tank.




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Does the new growth on your amazon swords look different from the growth on them when you got them from your LFS? My Amazon swords have very different looking long leaves as opposed to what look like big leaves on long branches.

Here is an example of what mine now looks like:



It used to look like yours =/

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Maybe Emersed vs Submersed? Just a guess /shrug hehe
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No mine look very similar. I actually removed 1 today and gave it to my cousin but the one that is remaining has about 8 new leaves coming out that look identical to the original ones. I did a slight rescape today, In place of the sward i put a White Arrow head. I also pulled my Alternanthera Reineckii forward so its color would contrast with the driftwood. This weekend 'm planning on moveing the fanworth back a few inches and add some more micro-sward in the front, Then I'm going to take out the plant in the back left and change it for some Water Sprite.

Its hard to get a good picture of the White Arrow Head because it reflects so much light.
Here is what i have now.

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Tell me... Please.

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the only prob i see is that you have an anubias buried in the gravel. you need to attach it to some wood or raise the rhizome out of the gravel.

other then that looks good so far

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Is this better? The roots are kinda short, i hope they hold it down.

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