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post #46 of 340 (permalink) Old 01-08-2012, 10:57 PM
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It's beautiful.
I love the idea of what you're aming for - the notion that you have mosses and such appearing out of nowhere makes the whole thing worthwhile.

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post #47 of 340 (permalink) Old 01-09-2012, 01:01 AM
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Amazing tank, amazing pics, amazing videos! It's anything but a bucket of mud!
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Incredible! I can't wait for more updates and especially pictures!
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Hey, how about finding a zoo and asking if you could do a few of these for them?

Very natural looking. I love it! Have you noticed any increase in the numbers of fish? I would think that in such a tank they would readily breed.
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Cheers for the feedback guys.

LB79, no successful breeding as yet, something appears to be pushing the water hardness up (I suspect the soil may actually contain lime) and all three species require soft water to breed in. I'm contemplating a rescape at some point, in which case I'll probably change the soil. Also in the process of setting up a dedicated spawning tank for the Paros.
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post #51 of 340 (permalink) Old 01-31-2012, 02:54 AM
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Any updates? Please?
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Hah, patience! It's all still looking more or less identical to the last update. Growth is slooooooooooooooow.
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post #53 of 340 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 12:05 AM
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Tom,

That is absolutely amazing, what a beautiful job you've done with the tank and photos. I love the dense natural look, and you designed that perfectly. The plants shooting out of the tank is something I've always wanted to do, you've done this all too well!
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"Maintenance and feeding:
I normally just top off the water lost to evaporation with dechlorinated tap water and add beech/oak /ketapang leaves for the inverts to feed on"
great tank tom, im sure it brings your room alive. anyway, how do u know about ketapang leaves? i think ketapang is indonesian, does it also called ketapang there? thanks for sharing your tank tom.
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Ketapang / Indian Almond Leaves lower pH levels and create a black water environment. It also has mild anti-fungal effects. I think it was largely used by betta breeders in Thailand, but aquarists now use it all over the world. I throw a piece in all my tanks.

Tom: what do the fish eat? Dead plants and inverts? I'm only familiar with the otocinclus that feed on algae.
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Aye, the ketapang is widely available as in import in the UK, used a lot.

xenxes, the otos obviously eat algae and whatever invisible stuff grows on the dead leaves I put in. Everything else feeds on various inverts (baby shrimp, Hyallela, copepods, ostracods, etc).
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Tom,

Would you mind elaborating on how you managed to grow your emersed plants? I would love to have lilies that grow out of the water like that. Is there substrate right below the lilies?

Thanks!
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They are just planted in shower caddies stuck to the side of the tank and filled with hydroton clay balls. However, I'm planning a major rescape in which I'm planning on creating a proper island for all the emergent plants.

Most of the plants seem to take a few weeks to adapt to hydroculture, during which time the old root stock dies off and they then grow a whole new root system suitable for emersion in water.
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They are just planted in shower caddies stuck to the side of the tank and filled with hydroton clay balls. However, I'm planning a major rescape in which I'm planning on creating a proper island for all the emergent plants.

Most of the plants seem to take a few weeks to adapt to hydroculture, during which time the old root stock dies off and they then grow a whole new root system suitable for emersion in water.
Island would be very cool, will you be keeping it where the current emergent plants are in the back corner?
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Thank you Tom. Can't wait to see your rescape, wish you the best!
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