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post #31 of 142 (permalink) Old 04-05-2012, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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I ordered 8 pots worth. the far right i used tweezers and all the area with and to the left of the wood I sprinkled small clumps and pushed slightly to get it set. I think the clumps work just as well as tweezers and is less labor intensive. I probably could have survived with only ordering 6 pots though but I'm generally an impatient person so I'm happy with my decision to go with 8.

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post #32 of 142 (permalink) Old 04-05-2012, 02:26 PM
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Making some good progress! Can't wait to see pics of the flooded tank.
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post #33 of 142 (permalink) Old 04-06-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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got impatient and ordered some plants. gonna flood it next week can't wait
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Lol ya it's hard in this hobby to be patient. That's a great start.
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post #35 of 142 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Time for the usual wednesday update.

Some plants arrived on monday faster than expected so flooded the sucker!


Hopefully I'll get all my plants by friday and can actually plan out my scape! (I'm waiting to see what everything looks like first lol) Its kind of nice that the plants didnt all arrive at once though.. Tying the moss took me almost 3 hours! Filling the tank slowly took another hour, and then came the headache of getting the filtration system set up. My lily pipes are always crooked since the eheim tubing is so hard! Has anyone either tried a softer 12/16 tubing or used a 90 degree pvc to "train" the eheim tubing to stay bent? Right now, the flow is diagonal from the front left towards the back right.



I think I fixed the driftwood too far back leaving no space to create a sense of depth.. I may tear up an inch deep of HC in the middle to place some lower growing plants. What do you guys think? How can I remove the HC without pulling up all the neighboring clumps?
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post #37 of 142 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yea, I didn't put up a FTS since it looks the same as the dry start lol. I'm still waiting on 3 different plant shipments so it looks quite bare. Its a good thing I got a bunch of floaters first to suck up some nutrients quickly. Luckily, also wiped down the glass last night after the wc.

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This is going to look awesome when everything grows in! (It already looks awesome.. so awesome-r, I supposed.)
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Cool, gonna go with ferns or something on the wood?
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I was going to put 2 anubias petites, on the fuschia colored circles, and another on either of the 2 yellow circled locations.
Got a crypt lutea in the blue on the left, crypt parva on the smaller blue in the right.
red lines are the staurogyne repens,
purpley gray are the stems (i ordered around 8 different kinds, probably gonna raok the ones i dont like. how many types should i use? i was thinking 3 or 5 types),
and finally the short oranges are going to be some stems i will permanently keep short so not to block the flame moss behind them. I'd actually bunch it up more and move it slightly to the left so not to block the blyxa too (should i just use more staurogyne repens here instead?)

Sadly I will have to pull up alot of the HC (especially since the part where the crypt lutea will grow has the best growth *sigh*) so I will be raoking that as well.
I do like windelov fern but it may get too big for my liking. I absolutely hate tying stuff to driftwood especially when the wood cannot be removed.
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Nice progress! How thick is your substrate?
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1in in front, almost 2.5in in the back

is that too low?
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No, I was just wondering how thick it is, it looks really thin in the picture. You should be good tho. Nice tank.
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whew, had me worried for a while there

side note, yay frogbit root growth
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post #45 of 142 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 02:08 AM
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really, really nice. You definitely have it growing in well. Super nice piece of driftwood and excellent placement.

If I may be so bold as to make a suggestion...How about not planting the very center of your driftwood with stems and instead move those stems over to the far right side? I find my eye gravitating to the empty space on the right instead of staying "within" your excellent layout.
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