Hmmm...the intake tube you see in the white pic is 3/4" PVC spray painted black. I could make one out of white. They're easy to make. And the java trident will cover the block sponge when it grows in all the way. Or if the fish eat all the shrimp i'll just take it out
I should be getting new lights soon so hopefully the cord will be easier to hide as well. This one is three cords for the MH and PC lighting.
Chad - I really like your scape. What stands out is the combination of all different broad leaves with a manzy. I agree with Tom's suggestion of using only anubias on the wood. Or may be trim down the moss a bit. In the same lines I think the hydrcotyle (b.y.p on the spelling if I got it wrong) could be used to cover the empty spaces all thru the background instead on the wood. Just my thoughts.
Malay thanks a bunch! Somebody finally has an opinion I like the idea of the pennywort on the back. I am going for a "twisted around the driftwood vine style" look. The pics were taken without all of the offshoots trimmed. I should also add that I added some GHG to the back in the dark corner to lighten it up a bit, per Toms suggestions. Per yours, I love the Anubias. Theres Nana, Nana petite, and Coffeefolia in there so far. I'm almost scared to add too much at this point because all of the "ferns" havent come in yet. I trimmed them all to the rhizome before tying them on and they are only 5 weeks along. But like I said, this is a sneak peak. It has barely started to fill in. Even the carpet is in now though. I put DHG belem and MM in in the front and DHG and MQ in the middle with GHG in the back. All inbetween a bed of crypts
Thanks Sara. There are 6 other kinds of fish in there, but they wont sit still long enough to get a decent picture. I am in the process of attaching some more plants to the wood and will post more pics when the process is finished. As for now the carpet is just starting to come around and at least pretend to carpet The crypts provide alot of shade and its hard at this point to get one going. I'll let it go a bit and them mow down the crypts so it fills in. They bounce back good in a month or so.
Glosso. Ugh Ive got Marislea minuta, marislea quadrifolia, Dwarf hair grass, DHG 'belem', and the plant you sent as a foregroud. I chopped a bunch of Glosso up and tossed it in to hopefully get caught in the moss and give it a more "natural" look. I figured it would be easy to trim since that and the pennywort are the only trim plants in there.
As for fish, I have some CPDs, blonde neons, congo tetras, badis badis,pygmy cories, and clown plecos, along with the von rios tetras. The only ones that will come out or sit still are the congos and von rios.
Heres something from last night...A shot of the foreground slowly coming around, A super bright colored photo of a female congo tetra, and my pond snail Herbert. Hes bigger than a nickel and well over a year.
That is a wendtii 'Tropica'. Ive got a bunch of these. If we do some swapping again ill toss one in for you. Not to be jerky about it but there are actually better looking examples in there. sadly enough the best looking one is right against the glass (where it cant spread out) and I really dont like it there.
I didnt really look into it. I did however look over the foods again. And I thing adding CaSO4 really helped them and the snails out a bunch. I'm going to hold out and if I dont see marked improvement, then i'll get some.