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post #16 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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It's Friday, which means it's update day!

The water is finally clear and we're back in business!

Everything is bouncing back from the trim, but now I'm just going to let it all grow out. I tend to be going into the tank too much to give a trim here and there, but I think the plants are tired of me by now .

I installed the paintball c02 and now everything is pearling like mad!

Enough with the jabber though, on with the pics!
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As always, thanks for looking! Let me know what you like (or don't like).
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post #17 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-30-2012, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, haven't updated in a while because I've been busy.
(Hey mods, could you move this to Journals?)
I've since lost a few fish, and added some Turquoise rainbows.
Here's the tank as it is today!

I still can't take pictures without massive glare lol.

Here's the money shot

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Right Side

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The HC is starting to do it's thing finally haha.

Thanks for stopping by
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how many bps did you end up going with on your CO2.
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how many bps did you end up going with on your CO2.
I ended up at about 2.5 bps.
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post #20 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-30-2012, 08:08 PM
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Do you use a tripod at all or just point and shoot?

"Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened"
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Do you use a tripod at all or just point and shoot?
I have an old tripod, but it's missing the bit that screws into the camera.
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Here's a new picture for your viewing pleasure.

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post #23 of 48 (permalink) Old 05-07-2012, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, I haven't updated in a few but decided to snap a picture today.

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post #24 of 48 (permalink) Old 05-07-2012, 11:37 PM
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WOA!!

That is the same tank! :O! :O! :O! Niiiiiice

Gorgeous! Beautiful! Magnificent! no for real that is beautiful! GOOD JOB!

I like the color of this photo in comparison to the last one.

Also, did you add a black backdrop? If not you should. I would really finish this thing off. Well done!

(The subtle changes from the last picture really made it come out!)

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Make the driftwood come out more. It is totally lost. Although don't sacrifice the overgrowth look for it though.

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Alright, I haven't updated in a few but decided to snap a picture today.

Where did you get your CO2 regulator and cylinder?
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post #26 of 48 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to the mod that moved this to journals

Might as well do an update while I'm here.

I replanted some hyrgophila corymbosa too carelessly and ended up melting a patch, so I took the opportunity and added some ludwigia repens that I chanced into today.

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Here's a photo to show you where it is (Bonus points for forceps)

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Closer picture and my rainbow breaking the sound barrier

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And under the hood (Eheim 2213->UV sterilizer->Cerges Reactor)


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WOA!!

That is the same tank! :O! :O! :O! Niiiiiice

Gorgeous! Beautiful! Magnificent! no for real that is beautiful! GOOD JOB!

I like the color of this photo in comparison to the last one.

Also, did you add a black backdrop? If not you should. I would really finish this thing off. Well done!

(The subtle changes from the last picture really made it come out!)

1 Suggestion:

Make the driftwood come out more. It is totally lost. Although don't sacrifice the overgrowth look for it though.
Thanks for your kind words Termato! My camera phone has better white balance then my camera that I couldn't find the charger to... haha. Yeah, I do have a black backdrop. I went with black sticky vinyl, sprayed the back of my tank with soapy water, then worked it out with a credit card (took forever, but looks good imo ).

Do you have any suggestions as to bring out the driftwood? I have kinda let the moss grow out of control, I love to watch it grow . The vesuvius sword also put a runner and now it's rooted onto the wood, kinda cool.

Here's a pic

It's connected all the wood, maybe if I trim it I can get it more dense..

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Where did you get your CO2 regulator and cylinder?
I have a 20oz paintball c02 tank connected to an asa on/off valve connected to a needle valve. It's a little shoddy at first, but once it's dialed in it stays steady.


This thread will answer any questions you'll have, it's where I figured it out. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...etup-tons.html
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Thanks for your kind words Termato! My camera phone has better white balance then my camera that I couldn't find the charger to... haha. Yeah, I do have a black backdrop. I went with black sticky vinyl, sprayed the back of my tank with soapy water, then worked it out with a credit card (took forever, but looks good imo ).

Do you have any suggestions as to bring out the driftwood? I have kinda let the moss grow out of control, I love to watch it grow . The vesuvius sword also put a runner and now it's rooted onto the wood, kinda cool.
This is what I would suggest.

That gray rock on the left, the flat one. You could move it forward about an inch or two, maybe even just the left corner. Then you could move the moss to in between the rock and the log by trimming some of it.

I think that would create some more depth and bring out the wood more.

As for the smaller piece of wood in the middle I don't think you should move that one, it looks fine.

The smaller one on the right (back not the small front one) that is basically almost gone from sight you could move.

That one you could but a rock underneath it to raise it. Then point it up more and it will give you more vertical space.

For the smaller piece on the bottom right you could move that one a little more forward to bring it out more and give your plants more room to fill out?

Other then that the only other thing you could really do is grab a nice long / tall rock to put vertically.

Other then that I'd say this tank is just done, perfect and beautiful

Hope to have something this size in my home one day!

This is my current main tank. Just got more new plants in so hopefully will move things around today .


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post #28 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-02-2012, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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It's been a bit since I've updated, things have been getting exciting!


I did as termato and I discussed and moved the rock, adding some hygrophila difformis to help it bush out. (nice tank btw termato!) A friend gave me a few tiny stems of alternanthera reineckii 'rasaefolia' that I planted mid left, it sticks out amidst all the green

I have before and after pictures so you can see how I do my trim. The before and after are two days apart.

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I moved a rock previously out of sight to the right side of the tank, it looks too cool to not be seen.

And here's a new project I'm working on:
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Once again thanks for stopping by and checking out my pics.

Have a nice day everyone!
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post #29 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-03-2012, 01:03 PM
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Wow. Those plants are really coming in. Beautiful!

What happened to thr tall plants in the middle?

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post #30 of 48 (permalink) Old 06-03-2012, 01:24 PM
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Beautiful tank. Great work!
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