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post #16 of 107 (permalink) Old 06-17-2012, 03:43 AM
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really cool!!
Thanks warlock, I love the shallower tanks, and getting quite tempted to stick in co2 on this but holding back as its doing well with no water changes so far


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ps.. where did ya get the tank from?
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Very pretty tank I love how natural it looks.
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Wow this is beautiful

Lol @ "chocolate puddle"
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now i want a tank like that.

looks really nice, should be great later,2-6 months later particularily.
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Thanks Andrew, and warlock I had it made by a guy local ish to me. I'm actually having a 130cmx130cm made soon to replace this.

Cheers xenxes, I thought the name fitted quite well with it's inhabitants ha ha.

Sso I'm not used to the non co2 slower growth, although it is doing well with the ada soil and the occasional dry ferts popped in. Not sure if I should have put this in the low tech section

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Bro! Nice job, and I love the dimensions! You really need to put this on the "Journal" forum, man! You've done a heck of a job, especially for being a non-CO2.

Subscribed, buddy! Looking forward to watching this fill in!!
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This will look great once it's filled in, great job on it. Those riparium plants are really going nuts.

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Just a quick update on hoe things are progressing, would like some ideas on smaller riparium/marginal plants as the cyperus is just growing way too tall no matter how much i trim the stuff. Anyone help at all??

i have finally added my first lot of my chocolate gouramis and they love it, they seem much more at home in this set up than my high tech tank, and have really coloured up well


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and two shots of the tank now as its currently looking. i still need to add in some more crypt varieties but my echinodorous cordifolius is sendind some lovely leaves above the water. Havent taken any shots of these yet though

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will be adding to the chocco collection shortly by another 5 and hopefully will be having a total of 15 in.

Any ideas on smaller riparium plants would be great. Thanks everyone
Really nice!
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Bro! Nice job, and I love the dimensions! You really need to put this on the "Journal" forum, man! You've done a heck of a job, especially for being a non-CO2.

Subscribed, buddy! Looking forward to watching this fill in!!

Thanks mate. Just had Kyle switch it to the journals section now.
I'm really impressed with how it's going considering I've never done a non co2 tank before and your comments give me even more encouragement to keep at it.
Will be hopefully upgrading it to a bigger size, still just 30cm high though :-)

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This will look great once it's filled in, great job on it. Those riparium plants are really going nuts.
I'm really hoping so thanks, and two the riparium plants are going a little too mental for my liking now. They are a good 100cm tall do looking for alternatives. Everything's fine underwater wise I'm hsooy with it all

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this is awesome!
Wow thanks mate. I'll try to keep it up then ha ha.

And thanks Hydrophyte. It was your tanks that helped me decide to add some planters as a bit of a change to the norm.

Everything's growing in really nicely now, the mosses are looking great, various crypts are really taking shape and growing at a much quicker rate than I thought too. The rotala rotundafolia looks amazing.
Here's a runner from my echinodorous schlueteri leopard that I let grow out if the water which has grown off into the emerged part and has started flowering


Pitty they only last a day or two

Have added another 8 chocolate gouramis and these are very tiny at the moment. I'd say 1.5cm at present and are doing great, their behaviour in numbers is great to watch. Will try to snap some pics of them all together.

I've also got 20 crystal black shrimp coming tonight too which I'm really looking forward too. Any idea which is less restrictive flow wise in the intake, course sponge or the meshed shrimp guards??


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Tank is super awesome sir. I love how you didn't neglect the water section but didn't do a whole lot either. Most only have minimal planting on bottom, or its a mess of a scape. This is the prefect balance.
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You're going to put shrimp in that tank? I would be wary of the gouramis making quick work of them, to be honest. Unless you have the funds to reboot the population every week-- in that case, nevermind what I said.

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