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looks great! what did you do with all the old plants that were in it? im trying to find a big cool sword

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WP...new year, new start...
It will grow in nicely. So far "take one" was my favorite,but we will have to see how this grows in. You do such a nice job. Happy New Year.


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Thanks for the kind comments! "Take 1" looked the best because it was grown in, while the other two pictures were taken right after the initial planting. In a few weeks I will update this with a more mature, grown in/out picture.

Geoff, most of the plants landed on the compost The swords were just too old, better to start new. I kept one shredded Amazon, you can see it on the right side, underneath the Rotala rotundifolia. Hope it will survive. The Festivums were not nice to these plants, most I mourn the loss of the E. x barthiis that looked just stunning in "Take 1".
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Cool. Pretty neat when you have a restart which looks like an established tank. Looks terrific!





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Thanks Bob, it's easier when you have a whole bunch of plants though!

I just realized that my Flying Fox is sitting on its favorite lookout in the photo above.
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beautiful tank wow amazing.
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Happy new year, and thanks for reading!
Just happened to be swinging through and caught your thread Looks great! I definately like the changes over the past few years. Definately getting better!

Oh and Happy New Year!

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What is the name of the plant in the forground on the right side. I think it is some kind of crypt but not sure. I really like the look of it may have to get some my self once i find out what it is.

I really love your tank it's really nice. Hope mine will look that good some day.
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Thanks all for your comments!

Will, the small crypt in the front is C. x willisii aka C. lucens. Slow growing, small staying Crypt, not as tiny as C. parva, but for a 24" tall tank it qualifies as groundcover. It's one of those patience plants... I started with one plant, which grew into a big mother plant yielding over 10 separate little plants after a year or so. Pull out, plant little ones, wait another year --> dense groundcover.

Nice thing about it is that it doesn't need much maintenance, nor high light levels.
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After two months, the tank is getting over its first algae explosions. Hair alga is retreating, staghorn was strong, but remains only on the Anubias on the root.



I was going to change the mirror background to something black, but I couldn't get to it easily so it is still there, making any green dust on the back glass very visible. Doesn't bother me much, one day it will be gone.

I learned that Yoyos do eat Cherry Shrimps. After a while they figured out how to get them, and now there are no more big reds in there, however a lot of juvies survived and keep cleaning.

I am letting the Wisteria in the front grow a bit larger to help in balancing out the tank, once most of the algae are gone I will remove most of that fast grower.
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Good things come to those who wait... Most of the algae is gone, and plants are growing well.



Not really happy with the center divide, but I have some ideas on how to improve that. Just wanted to get the Anubias to get established before ripping them out.

One of the three Yoyos developed a taste for Cherries and a great knack for hunting them down. Had to send him to my jail tank in the garage. That leaves only two, hope they don't turn on me.

I need some midwater small schooling fish, but the African Butterflies snack on anything that comes up to the surface too much. I would like to try Threadfin Rainbows (Iriatherina werneri) one day, but they seem to prefer softer waters, and at the moment, like I said, the AFB might snack them away.
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Nice Wasser! What is that plant far left (light green)? Is that a Ceratopteris silaquosa? I like its shape. Maybe you could use some more wood or hardscape in the tank. Manzanita or rocks- something to add some spice. Anyhow, you have beautiful, healthy, and nice variety of plants.





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Thanks Bob, ya know, I am not sure, I always assumed I had two forms of C. thalictroides, one thinner and the other (on the very right) thicker leaved.

There is quite some confusion about Watersprites in the hobby, as you can read here http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/Plants/water-sprite.html (There is one article by Paul Krombholz giving a pretty good idea what mess the naming is).

Thanks for the tip with the wood. It has become hopelessly overgrown by moss and Anubias. One of these days I am going to take the whole Anubias mess out and distribute it a bit thinner, hoping that will make the not-so-small root visible again.
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I'm not sure on the names, but it looks like you have the 2 thinnest of the 4 types of water sprite.
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Several months later, plants have grown in, Cherries keep things clean, and the tank is enjoyable. With the semi-automatic water change, weekly maintenance is reduced to wiping the front glass, and ripping out some of the faster growers, halfing them, and sticking them back into the Flourite.

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