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post #76 of 193 (permalink) Old 07-18-2013, 09:01 PM
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Love this tank. I have been contemplating changing my 125G SA Cichlid tank to a full on planted tank. I havent worked up the nerve yet. Yours looks great. The anubias really did give the tank a different attitude.

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post #77 of 193 (permalink) Old 07-23-2013, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Here are some shots of my newest additions. The ACA convention was here in Denver and while I couldn't hang out there much, I did pick up 3 nice pairs of some Apistogramma Borelli 'Belle Union'. They are F1's who's parents were collected in Peru at Belle Union...wherever that is...

Fish are gorgeous and they haven't totally settled in yet. The guy who sold them to me said when they were collected yet had an intense red on the rear part of the fish that he has not been able to manifest the same in captivity. I am hoping to pick up a couple more domestic females at some point to get what I had I visioned for this group of fish.

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As a side note, these bristlenose won't stop pooping. Crazy stuff. I have been trying to sell them locally...but I might have to just take them to an LFS for some store credit.

I also got a cerges reactor from the needle wheel pump. Seems to work well, but I am still getting a fair amount of micro bubbles in the sump that are being pushed to the display. Need to do some tinkering with the pump I suppose.

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post #78 of 193 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Finally got a good shot of what seems to be the alpha. He is coloring up real nice!

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Got some fireworks going on tonight. While I can't actually see eggs, I almost am positive that at least one of the females have eggs. They turn into total crazies it's awesome! Wish I could get a photo of the intense yellow color but she is too elusive right now. Here is to hoping for some little guys swimming around in about a week!

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Awesome A. borelli!
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post #81 of 193 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 05:14 AM
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Finally got a good shot of what seems to be the alpha. He is coloring up real nice!

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Nice looking fish.
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post #82 of 193 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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The male is doing some pretty awesome displaying that I will try to photograph with my wife's dlsr tomorrow.
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Added 20 rummynose yesterday. The one female borelli seems to be hunkered down with some eggs, though it is so dark and hard to see so I can't be sure. I haven't see the third male in a while either. Fearing the worst for him...
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Got free swimmers today. One if the other females spawned also and is hunkered down tightly. I LOVE watching these guys. Very interesting.

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Very cool. Good luck with the fry.
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Here is a short video if the tank and my most recent full tank shot. Still trying to dial in co2, but the s. repens is filling in nicely.

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This tank is really looking good. Great Job!
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post #88 of 193 (permalink) Old 08-11-2013, 04:21 PM
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Wow the hardscape is beautiful. As much as I love watching plants grow I'd be tempted to aggressively trim this tank to keep the hardscape in focus. Or stay low tech with subdued lighting, keep it mysterious. Bravo
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Wow the hardscape is beautiful. As much as I love watching plants grow I'd be tempted to aggressively trim this tank to keep the hardscape in focus. Or stay low tech with subdued lighting, keep it mysterious. Bravo
The stems on the left side I think will eventually be replaced with serving more low-maintanence. Eventually I will raise the lights back up once I get a bit denser growth as I didn't start out with enough plant mass to get the look I wanted. I am planning on adding some moss to the hardscape to soften some of the edges, but not cover then up.
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I love this tank! I actually like how the branches are going downward as opposed to upward like most aquascapes. The plants are perfect in my eyes. Looks like you have some easy to maintain plants. What are all the plants and fish now in the tank? Also, are you using any Co2? And what are the specs of the lights?


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3 GBR, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Juvenile Super Red BN Plecos, 9 Oto Catfish, 9 Bloodfin Tetras
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Rotala Indica, Cardamine, Crypt Spiralis, Pygmy Chain Swords, Dwarf Sag, Lutea Crypt, Wendtti Bronze and Red, and Floating Frogbit
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