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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-14-2008, 11:58 PM
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i really like it. i however think it would look better if the part in the front where you can see the substrate was planted with a very low growing carpet, like HC, or moss. i dont know if what you have in there is HC or HM or something else, but it would look better if you got it to grow horizontally.
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post #32 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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You are absolutely correct... If you look at the photo posted 3/25/06, you can see how this usually looks. The plant I have in there is somewhat similar to HM, I call it "Two-leaved Pearlweed". Regular Pearlweed has 3 or more leaves around each node.

So anyway, there are 4 stages of this plant:

1. Little stems stuck in substrate, like in that most recent picture.

2. As they grow in, shoots grow horizontally along the substrate. The long stems can be cut back.

3. This is the good-looking phase... nice dense substrate-hugging lawn.

4. Overgrowing phase... cutting back is hopeless and frustrating due to the density of the plant, and the thousands of little pieces floating through the tank. So, pull it all out, and start over at phase 1.

Unfortunately, it is a pretty fast growing plant, so these phases are not very long. Here is a picture from a different tank where you can see stages 2 through 4...

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Yeah, that plant is sold at my lfs as baby's tears, but it has round leaves in sets of two...

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If I might ask how did you go about constructing the christmas tree moss in the shape of a tree? THX
Sure, I just took a piece of driftwood, and wrapped a little bit of Christmas Moss around it, fixing it with some black string. After a while it grows out to some tree-looking shape.

First it is kinda interesting, but after a while it seems a bit unnatural and so... no more trees in my tanks.
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Very nice Wasser! And only a ten gallon - wow. But don't trees (er, branches, trunks, or limbs and such) belong in tanks, (without their leaves, of course)? I am kind of thinking of doing something like those pics Ted had of scuba diving in a fresh water lake - with a bunch of dead trees sticking straight up. I guess they prolly drowned??





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Yeah, that plant is sold at my lfs as baby's tears, but it has round leaves in sets of two...
That's the thing with common names... don't mean much, anyone can call anything Baby's Tears. There is even a terrestric plant called Baby's Tears (Soleirolia, a relative of Ficus). Usually the aquatic Baby's Tears are Micranthemum umbrosum, which is a different plant with larger, rounded leaves, similar to Lindernia . The plant in my tank has narrow, pointed leaves, similar to Pearlweed (HM).
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Very nice Wasser! And only a ten gallon - wow. But don't trees (er, branches, trunks, or limbs and such) belong in tanks, (without their leaves, of course)? I am kind of thinking of doing something like those pics Ted had of scuba diving in a fresh water lake - with a bunch of dead trees sticking straight up. I guess they prolly drowned??
I am sure you can make it look pretty natural, I just noticed that after a while, I got tired of the tree. It needs some sort of haircut every so often. Like regular trees, it creates a shaded area underneath. And it sure gets in the way when you do any pruning or vacuuming or try to catch a fish.

Yesterday afternoon I did my half-automated water change, and removed the draining part, and -duh- forgot to turn off the filling part. With it sitting on my desk and filling and filling for an hour I came back to a wet carpet, drowned printer and keyboard, and water everywhere.
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The End...

After over 5 years, I am taking down this tank. Here is the last picture:



I enjoyed this tank a lot, from all tanks this one was usually the cleanest, not much algae, no snails, and slow and healthy plant growth. Sure it went through a few challenging months, but it found balance after a short while.

My wife and I are a bit sad to see this tank go, but sitting on my desk it takes up a lot of space, and the risk of flooding my computer equipment makes the decision easier. With the new double tank in the garage I can use the time that I spent with this tank and focus on the other (bigger) things.
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That sure is a nice last picture It was great while it lasted! Very well done and nice scale

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