can you place the heater somewhere where it is not easily seen? perhaps beside the filter inlet?
not sure how many fish you have there, but if you can get full-tank pics where the fish are visible (I know, it's easier said than done), I think that will help to see the actual size of the tank. Right now, it gives me the illusion that it is a small tank, when I know for a fact that 29's are not.
O.S. - Thanks! I really wish the Rotala sp. "Goias" would take off, because I think the tank would look much better with an established foreground.
Zerg - thanks for the advice... I've been meaning to get one of those inline heaters, and you're right. The tank does look small in these pics. I need a centerpiece fish or two for the tank... right now I only have a school of Pristella Tetras and a bunch of cherry shrimp.
With the background that you have, you can easily get away with just putting the heater where it is not easily seen. My friend placed his heater on the back horizontally behind the driftwood, and the plants covered the wire nice. Although it is nice to get the heater out of the tank so you can adjust the temp without getting wet
A centerpiece fish will work, and so does having a visible group of schooling tetras/rasboras/whatever. Whichever you pick, I'm sure it'll improve the tank
I have a question about your CO2. How many bps are you pumping in. I have finally bitten the bullet and bought a pressurized system. First day I had it on, I killed one of my cardinals because I was pumping in too much (about 2 - 3 bps). I immediately cut it back to about 1 bubble every 3 to 4 seconds and have had no further casualties. I just added a comparable amount of plants to my tank though, and it is also a 29G.
You have a nice looking tank man. I look forward to seeing future updates.
Turbo, wow you have some incredibly healthy growth! Colors are just perfect. I also am incredibly impressed with that fissidens - amazing. I never had much luck with the R. 'Goias' either. If you ever want some marselia just lemme know. I can yank a bunch with no problems.
Funny you should mention about the tank looking small - I think you are right. The stems you are using are all fairly big-leaved stems. The L. 'cuba', Micr. Umbrosum, and Alt. Reineckki (I think those are right...?) are all stems I had kept in my 29, and they really contribute to the small feel. I might suggest some blyxa, HM, or other rotalas/ludwigias with narrow-smaller leaves.
But hey, stick with success and I'd say your current plants are a screaming success!
29 Gallon Tank: 110W PC Lights, Milwaukee MA957 CO2, Fluorite/Sand Substrate, Checked into E.I. Rehab
BiscuitSlayer - I'm pumping in a lot of CO2, around 3-4 bps... my fish and shrimp seem to have gotten used to it, but snails have a hard time surviving. I'm using a glass diffuser beneath a powerhead. Good luck with the pressurized system... every tank is different and it takes some time finding the right amount of CO2.
Ernie - I think you're right on with the big-leaved stems making the tank look small. I'll let you know if I decide to try the marselia. Thanks!