Man it takes time to take pics, sort through a ton of them, upload them re-sizing when necessary etc. Anyway, here is a pic heavy update! Large pics. I am getting a little better with the camera, but man...I have to take so many pics to get ones that come out right.
Such a noob with a camera.
Your gourami looks HUGE in that last pic! Great looking tank! I really like the driftwood.
Thanks man. Yeah he is big, about 8" or more from head to tailfin. I really like the driftwood also. So many nooks and cranny's for them to hide in. Also great little ones for planting moss...which I have been doing with floaters of the XMas moss thats in there now.
interesting.. you didn't trim the DHG down before planting them. I heard doing that will promote quicker growth (runners)
That very well may be, but you will see mine is sending runners out fine and I left them intact. I wanted to make sure the actual grass would not come up easily so I left it on.
I haven't gotten to making the filter for cleaning the water of the "snowflakes" you will see in the tank and making a bacterial bed the shrimp and fish can feed on. Its coming. I ordered a spare intake tube to do it with so I can just switch them out and will route the airline tubing. I have an idea to make a cool little rock riverbed. I plan to get a some red flourite and make small "cliffs" only about couple of inches deep. I have some light blueish rock, and I picked up some aquarium safe sealant the other day so with a hammer and chisel I will make them. I also have a plan to possibly put an additional filter inside a moss ball if possible. So many little projects. Oh, and I want to make some custom legs for my lights to raise them an inch or two off the glass. They will be angle brackets rebent and then heatshrinked to look nice and grab as well.
All of the plants are doing well. The dwarf baby tears melted but I believe I know why, it craves a fine substrate to root and live in. The red flourite bed between the cliffs should do it so when that little project is finished I will buy some more from someone on here and try again.
On to the pictures, let them speak for themselves:
LED transition light shots:
A FTS with flash:
FTS without flash:
I planted this top when it came off...its actually rooting. I am going to leave it there for its flower effect:
Moss Ball and some of whats left of the Baby Tears:
Beautiful color coming out of this plant near the surface. Notice the branching it is doing now that it is in the water flow:
This one is also changing as it gets in the higher light:
Healthy huge Java Fern...they are all putting out baby plantlets at a rate of few a day, Fred enjoys them as a snack:
Half tank shots:
End tank shot:
Dwarf Hairgrass sending out runners:
One of the Angels:
The Amano Shrimp:
And back to Fred...the camerawhore. He seriously gets in my way when I try to take pictures until I take his...I swear!
And finally...Fred waves goodbye (look at his tail...lol