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post #136 of 192 (permalink) Old 06-03-2013, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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i'm not sure i'll get the ok to do that... but my wife is working tomorrow and wednesday evening.
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we finally have plants, and light, and filtration.

i didnt follow my plant list, instead relying on a wonderful package from wasserpest, that looked huge in the gallon bag, but not so much planted!

i have more anubias varieties to put in. more plants will go in along the front areas (blyxa and microsword). the front right, the lower area, will hopefully become fully covered.

the intention is a triangular design, heavily planted along the left down to a rather open area to the right. the vals spiralus will provide a nice backdrop in the center.
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In wall corner wickedness. Can't wait for trim.

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Very nice, I have a 125g planted tank too. Do you have anymore pics from behind the scenes, that include the lighting etc?

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Very nice, I have a 125g planted tank too. Do you have anymore pics from behind the scenes, that include the lighting etc?
you got it.

the green tape is holding black foam core board up. it's starting to droop, so a more permanent solution is being considered.

the light is a 6' led fixture from buildmyled.com

the sump is a ~40g display tank from a petco that came predrilled. though, i am only using one hole. I need to redo the baffles i put in, as 1/4" thick acrylic deflects WAY more than i thought it would. it's useless! and peeled off away from the silicone. I have 1/2" thick from a friend (for freeee) that is way thicker than I need, but it won't budge. in the center you see plants, i'll eventually have that lit. it has flora-max in there now.

sadly, i have to stop the tank and redo at least two of the baffles, but that requires draining it and getting out all the substrate. I may work on that this weekend... or i'll just let it go as is and see how things end up.

the plywood to the right, of the bottom picture, will have a shelf eventually to hold the LED driver and anything else i need to put there.

still need to move the CO2 system from my 20g to this along with getting a new power strip w/ timer.

eventually a raspberry pi will make it's way into the mix and control timing, heaters on/off, reporting, feeding, dosing ferts.
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latest pictures.

including 1 of 10 five banded barbs. We just put these guys in and they're looking great and lovin' life. at $4/fish I left a lone barb at the LFS because it was smaller and skinnier than the rest. Not sure why they didnt just toss it in with the 10 I bought... but whatever.
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Looks great, and nice new fish. I don't think I have seen those kind of barbs around. Are they relatively peaceful? They look similar to tiger barbs/rosey barbs.

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Not sure why they didnt just toss it in with the 10 I bought... but whatever.
How annoying. Probably wasn't the owner of the LFS.
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Looks great, and nice new fish. I don't think I have seen those kind of barbs around. Are they relatively peaceful? They look similar to tiger barbs/rosey barbs.



How annoying. Probably wasn't the owner of the LFS.
not the owner. rather large LFS... so I'm not sure who actually runs the place.

They're a peaceful, smaller barb. definitely not as nippy and aggressive as the tigers can be. One of the reasons I liked this fish so much was that it had similar markings to the tiger barbs. They're really beautiful in the tank, and am looking forward to getting more.
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some updated plant shots.

I'd also like some ID's of these guys as well, just to confirm what they are.

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the tank has been doing great. new plant growth, pearling of that big guy in the center of the wood. fish have been doing well and loving the space. getting ready to drop my kribs in.
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not the owner. rather large LFS... so I'm not sure who actually runs the place.

They're a peaceful, smaller barb. definitely not as nippy and aggressive as the tigers can be. One of the reasons I liked this fish so much was that it had similar markings to the tiger barbs. They're really beautiful in the tank, and am looking forward to getting more.
Those are great barbs, they're called Pentazona barbs. My lfs had a huge shipment of them last weekend and they were selling for $1.99 each. So I bought my a group of six. Because they can grow up to 3.5 inches.

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Well the tank won't look unplanted for long with those nice weeds in it. Looks really nice. What is going to be planted on the right hand side?

First looks like Hygrophilia corymbosa angustifolia aka willow hygro
Second looks like Hemianthus glomeratus, aka pearlweed or baby tears.
Third is a crypt, Wasserpest knows what that is.
Fourth is good old Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset'.
Fifth is likely Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides which apparently has the ridiculous common name Lawn Marshpennywort. There are a couple of other Hydro of similar type that come with other specific names but I am not sure those are valid or not.
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Those are great barbs, they're called Pentazona barbs. My lfs had a huge shipment of them last weekend and they were selling for $1.99 each. So I bought my a group of six. Because they can grow up to 3.5 inches.
i'm reading 3.5" as largest measured, but it seems like they're commonly around 1.5-2". I'm hoping to get another 20 or so for the tank as they're really beautiful fish.

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Well the tank won't look unplanted for long with those nice weeds in it. Looks really nice. What is going to be planted on the right hand side?

First looks like Hygrophilia corymbosa angustifolia aka willow hygro
Second looks like Hemianthus glomeratus, aka pearlweed or baby tears.
Third is a crypt, Wasserpest knows what that is.
Fourth is good old Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset'.
Fifth is likely Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides which apparently has the ridiculous common name Lawn Marshpennywort. There are a couple of other Hydro of similar type that come with other specific names but I am not sure those are valid or not.
thanks for the names! I actually bought these from wasserpest, and while he did send over more, these are all that survived. I had to wait a week longer than expected to plant b/c my lighting was lost by UPS :/

Right hand side of the tank is going to be open; I'll let the Hemianthus glomeratus take over the ground covering. I may plant more vals along the back though to cover the overflow and rear of tank.

I may end up clipping the Hygrophilia corymbosa angustifolia and letting it take over the inside of the wood as well as the back left corner.

I'll also probably end up placing another trimming order from wasserpest to fill in the tank... can't beat the price and quality.
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I fixed the sump w/ some free 1/2" thick acrylic.



it's set back up and running, but no pictures. i've lost some space for rooted plants. however, I have some drift wood in my 20g w/ anubius attached to it that I'll dump in here. I also have some riparium plants that I'll put in here. they'll get a T5ho fixture above them
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just read through this and it looks sweet. I'm also in the Trevose area and that would be my dream as my fiancee and I will be looking for houses in the area next year! looks great!!
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I've had the pleasure of seeing this tank in person while picking up some danios (they are doing awesome by the way, color is beautiful and they are very active!). It's a great system and once it fills in more, will only get better.
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