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post #61 of 340 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 04:57 PM
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Any idea what soil you're going to use Tom?


I'm using John Innes 3 but next time I think I'd prefer something that will lower the Ph.
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post #62 of 340 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 05:09 PM
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One of the best tanks I've seen here! So effortless and natural it'd make mother nature jealous.
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Following this one as well.
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post #64 of 340 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Cheers all.

Paul, as coincidence would have it I'm also using JI number 3, which is making my water way harder than I was expecting (didn't realise it had lime in it when I bought it). One of the major reasons I'm planning on a rescape is so I can replace it with an acidifying soil mix.
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Beautiful tank, thanks much for sharing. Any chance of a scientific or common name on the water lilies you are using? Would like to find something small.
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Hi Renegade... not sure which lillies you're refering to? There are peace lillies (Spathiphyllum sp.) in the riparian planters, and Nymphaea bulbs dotted about, plus amazon frogbit and Hydrocotyle leucocephela floating about which could be mistaken for lillies I guess.
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Beautiful tank - I really wan't a tank with those kind of dimensions!

Although I must say, your tank is much "dirtier" in the video - although that is probably better in the long run as far as self-sustaining.
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Yeah when you get in close it's pretty grubby, but that's really the point (it's not called a bucket of mud for nothing!). Have never cleaned out any of the mulm, dead plants, leaf skeletons etc.
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What's the name of that riparian plant that's shooting up to the ceiling? That's not the peace lily is it? The peace lilies I've seen are the ones with the white flowers and their leaves look nothing like that. Unless I'm mixing up your description?

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The peace lillies are the little ones ot the side. The monster plant in the middle is an amazon sword, which was 10" tall when I planted it and is now well over 4 feet, with a 6 foot flower stalk.
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Any idea what species?

I'm going to have to remove two plants in mine as they've grown right into the lighthood and it can't go any higher.

I was considering sword species to replace them but perhaps not!

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I'm not 100% sure as I received a different species to the one I ordered, but I tihnk it's just a boring old radicans.
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This may be the coolest tank on the forum.

Awesome, and beautiful.
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I'm in love with this tank. The idea of so few tiny fish in such a massive setup is awesome. They must feel like royalty, having that thing to carouse around in.
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