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post #196 of 341 (permalink) Old 12-28-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Looking great. Take some closer pics though. I would love to see the texture of the rock more.
thanks. will do, once the glosso thickens up a little more. from three feet away it looks awesome. but up close it's still a little too thin after the trim even for rock photos.
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here's my current update. two endlers, an otto, and some snails.


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What happened to the glosso carpet? Looking good, I think we need to get even closer.

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I really like that scape you have there! I bet it would look awesome, when the carpet thickens.

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thanks all. the glosso carpet has been confined to the back corner. the hc is spreading out nicely and works better for me as a carpet plant in a tank this size.
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Looking good. Going back to HC was a good choice. I actually find HC less demanding than glosso for a great looking carpet. Glosso is easy for me to get something going but I can't get it to look as good.
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Looking good. Going back to HC was a good choice. I actually find HC less demanding than glosso for a great looking carpet. Glosso is easy for me to get something going but I can't get it to look as good.
yeah. I like it much better too. I'm still using the glosso, but am mixing it in with the rotala and dhg in the back. the hc works better for me in a tank this size with the rock as well. it fits better proportionately I think.
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Wow! Still coming along very nicely. I like the rock placement! It gives a real unique viewing aspect.
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thanks jarek, I'm enjoying this tank more and more every day.

I need to bend some acrylic to make a new outflow pipe. happy with the changes I've made. especially opting for a less wattage bulb. I just need the endlers to get cookin now.
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Simply beautiful. I love what you've done with this layout.

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Simply beautiful. I love what you've done with this layout.
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Did the first major trim. let the rotala creep along the top for a week or so before cutting it back. replanted two tops and some glosso sprigs in the back to thicken it up. Things have been settling in nicely. water has been very clear and gda is nonexistent now.



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decided to stay money conscious and not buy any new glass wear. made my own acrylic outflow instead. I have made these in the past but it's been a while. got the heat gun out and couldn't have been more pleased. took me about a half hour (setup, bending, sanding, polishing). The best thing about making your own acrylic pipes is that you can customize the outflow to suit your needs, specifically the outflow angle. I used to own a gla glass pipe (which I broke a long while back) and that pipe used to blow the soil all over the place and the suction cup on it really didn't help keep the outflow elevated. Acrylic is much much much cheaper and I feel more durable then the glass ones. It's also crazy how much money ADA and other companies charge when they mark up there glass wear. I think it is silly to pay so much for a water spout when there are much simpler and affordable alternatives. today, all it took was patience during the bending process....and a work glove to protect my digits.







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decided to stay money conscious and not buy any new glass wear. made my own acrylic outflow instead. I have made these in the past but it's been a while. got the heat gun out and couldn't have been more pleased. took me about a half hour (setup, bending, sanding, polishing). The best thing about making your own acrylic pipes is that you can customize the outflow to suit your needs, specifically the outflow angle. I used to own a gla glass pipe (which I broke a long while back) and that pipe used to blow the soil all over the place and the suction cup on it really didn't help keep the outflow elevated. Acrylic is much much much cheaper and I feel more durable then the glass ones. It's also crazy how much money ADA and other companies charge when they mark up there glass wear. I think it is silly to pay so much for a water spout when there are much simpler and affordable alternatives. today, all it took was patience during the bending process....and a work glove to protect my digits.







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