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post #31 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 02:39 PM
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What body / lens are you shooting with?
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post #32 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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These were with a Panasonic GF1 and 20mm 1.7 (I've recently moved over to micro four thirds from my Nikon gear).
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post #33 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 03:11 PM
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Wow. I think I may have been inspired.
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lol what is that song playing in your video? it's awesome
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post #35 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hah, that was just a copyright free silent movie-esque track I found on a website somewhere.
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post #36 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-13-2011, 07:28 PM
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I'd love to see more pictures of this tank it looks great!
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post #37 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Danger!

The triffid is now sending out flower stalks, it's going to take over the room...



Anyone want to place a bet on how long it gets? Currently about 4 feet -

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post #38 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 01:24 PM
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Love this tank! Great video!
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post #39 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 04:08 PM
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How dare you call this a bucket of mud? I was expecting to see some ghetto plastic bin type thing… Lol

Anyways, this is beautiful and the photographs are fantastic! Just the kind of tank I'd love to have someday.
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post #40 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-25-2011, 04:56 AM
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I feel so guilty I didn't read all of your first post.
Your pictures speaks to me, then again, I can barely ID any plant on sight.

How much does your water evaporate?

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post #41 of 340 (permalink) Old 10-25-2011, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Cheers, glad you guys are enjoying the thread!

PinoyBoy, evaporation varies quite a lot depending on room temperature and how much breeze comes through the window, but between 10-25 litres a week.
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post #42 of 340 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the tank is now roughly a year old, still happily more or less self sustaining and has turned into an absolute jungle. I'm quite happy to leave it do it's thing really, so everything is pretty messy, but some pics -








In the process of setting up a seperate spawning tank for the Paros, so hopefully there'll be some news there in the coming weeks.
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post #43 of 340 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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A few thoughts a year in... For starters the transition between underwater and immersed growth is a bit weak, they do still look like plants in pots stuck to the side... I'm planning a major rescape sometime in the next month in order to build a proper island for the plants to grow on, and to remove a rock that I think is adding to the water hardness.

I am also taking the risk of gradually lowering the water hardness through water changes. This might upset the plants a bit and reduce the stability of the water parameters, but I do feel the need to bring the conditions closer in line to what the fish in the tank prefer. I think as long as I do things gradually (as with everything in this tank!) then it should be OK.

The alternative would be to move the Paros and Boraras across to the new nano cubes, but there's no way I could keep them in a self-sustaining fashion by doing that. I really hope to be able to get the Paros breeding one way or another, as otherwise all I'm doing is contributing to the consumption of an endangered species.

I think the other important thing to highlight is how slow the development of this tank has been... it's taken a year to get to the point that a high tech solution would reach in a matter of weeks (plant growth wise). However, the upside of this is that things in the tank really are starting to look properly wild... I've got mosses that I never even knew were in the tank creeping across wood and stone, and the mulm has just reached the point where my hydrocotyles are throwing out roots for the first time, instead of just spreading with runners. The whole ecosystem is still not in balance after a year - the last 2 weeks have seen an explosion in the Hyella azteca population that I thought had died out completely when I added them way back in the summer.

It's not a style of tank for the impatient, and even I sometimes struggle to resist the urge to mess around with it or (hardest of all), not chuck an extra hundred fish in!
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post #44 of 340 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 02:18 PM
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This is the coolest tank I have ever seen, just letting everything go wild and watching the interactions. By the way, if I wasn't told I would think it was an amano tank...
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post #45 of 340 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hah cheers Wallace. The composition is nowhere near well thought out enough to be anywhere close to an Amano style tank. The little photos hide a multitude of flaws as well :p
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