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post #31 of 107 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 04:45 PM
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Stunning rip!


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Man I would love to sit down and eat dinner right next to that!
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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.
ha ha the chocolate gouramis leave the shrimp alone, their mouths are a bit too small, although i think theyll have a good go at any newborns they may come across but theres lots of moss and hdinig places for any young shrimp that ill hopefully get

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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.
Thanks mate, i didnt want to add too much below as it would look out of place i think, but it is growing in much thicker now. ive used minimal plant species, mainly crypts and mosses and the rotala


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Man I would love to sit down and eat dinner right next to that!
FooDog its a joy to have people round and pull the table out so the tank is at the end, i neglect my sofas as i find myself sat on a dining room chair staring at it all evening. I love it.
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post #34 of 107 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Heres just a bit of an update, pics of the inhabitants, and how the tanks looking now.

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have just added 10 licorice gouramis, unsure of which species until they colour up and mature a bit more but there cool to watch and fit in perfectly

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king shrimp telling his co workers which bits to clean today

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and just a couple of the tank as it looks at the moment.

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Thanks for looking
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post #35 of 107 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 10:46 PM
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Wow great job on this tank! Looks fantastic. I've been considering switching my 20long over to something similar to this. I wish I could afford a tank like your though. It might not fit with the theme of your plants but I really like Fittonia verschaffelti in riparium planters it a really neat looking plant
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Sorry if I missed it, how tall does the cyperus get? Any insects settle in yet? (Springtails etc.)

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This is a TOTALLY AWESOME Rip!!!!! Dimensions are GREAT!!! I LOVE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE and the FISH are GREAT TOO!!!! I would LOVE to see it in person, but you are a bit far to drive to! lol Subscribed 4sure!!!

Keep up the AWESOME WORK!!!
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Thanks for the great comments so far, and boxxerboy yes just a bit too far ha ha.
Well about time I updated this thread, have been in hospital for a while so when I finally got back, the cyperus was just totally overgrown so out it came to become a potted houseplant.

This is how it looked before hand


I have lost two chocolate gouramis unfortunately, one was a jumper which I've never ever had with them before, and one who never grew more than about 1n half cm and was getting thinner by the day and eventually laying on the bottom so I put him to sleep.

Here's part of my school of them happily swimming around


I love their behaviour, full of character when in a bigger group.
The licorice gouramis have settled in brilliantly too although they are near impossible to take a shot with my phone but got a pic of one of the lesser coloured females

Definitely not an easy fish to keep as will only take live foods but all my others are very happy chomping on banana worms too.

So with the cyperus being taken out of the planters, they were replaced but with plants on both sides of the tank.
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Calathea-prayer plants
Peace lilys
A beautiful antherium lily with purple spathes and some pothos that is placed on the glass at the back with just it's roots in the water so it will trail across the back.

Heres how it's all looking now.


I'm really happy with it now and the growth underwater I'm really happy with.

My various shrimp have also taken to making their homes inside the planters amongst the large roots so hopefully I'll have lots of babies soon. I always saw buried shrimp but think the chocco's ate the new borns.

Inhabitants are now:
35 red cherry shrimp
10 or so CBS/bee shrimp
11 chocolate gouramis
10 licorice gouramis
1 otto
And 4 baby albino corys.

I'm possibly going to add in a large E.radicans to the left to balance it out but thinking on that one just yet.

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Looking good dude, are you talking about Toms Bucket O Mud in the UK?
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Looking good dude, are you talking about Toms Bucket O Mud in the UK?

That's the one mate. That's some of his emmersed plants in mine


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u have a delightful chocolate puddle !

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So you on TFF dude?
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LOVE this! I just started keeping chocolate gouramis and i am in love with them

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This is looking great!

I like the way those Calathea mimic the crypts underwater with their wavy leaf margins.
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u have a delightful chocolate puddle !
thank you Izabella, think that sums it up

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So you on TFF dude?
hey bud, no im sure i registered on there but tried all my emails etc and not so need to. i gather you are then? should i register. i recognize the username off ukaps though????

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LOVE this! I just started keeping chocolate gouramis and i am in love with them
thanks dude, they truly are amazing fish, and if kept in conditions similar to their natural habitat they colour up beautifully and display some great behaviour, true gems IMO

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This is looking great!

I like the way those Calathea mimic the crypts underwater with their wavy leaf margins.
Hey thanks mate, i read up tons on all your blogs before i ventured into the riparium side of the hobby, still do now looking for other plants to add in, currently in the process of making some trellis raft for along the back of the tank for emmersed glosso and java fern . Nothing like that available ready made over here
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