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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-10-2004, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
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I've decided to start up my 10 gallon, again, since it last crashed. It will be a slow process, as I've been begging, bargaining, and thrift shopping for plants...and alas, it's only running on a 15 watt flourescent.

plants include:
-anubias nana
-anubias barteri
-pennywort
-java fern

other tank things include:
-fluorite base
-aquaclear mini
-soon-to-be marineland 50 watt neptune heater (i currently am running a crappy petco heater),
-the insane net breeder that i use to house all my dead java fern leaves so that the plantlets don't get sucked up by the filter
-terra cotta pots
-rocks

&amp; (most likely) a healthy dose of flourish excel and kent plant supplements weekly....

...it's going to be a LONG process. :shock:

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I have a LOT better luck with aquatic plants than with houseplants ... mb this is a sign.
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argh. let me try to fix it.
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What's it going to house?
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are you gonna paint the backside of the tank?

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post #7 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-10-2004, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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currently, the plants are not where i want them...this is all temporary. at the time of taking the picture, i did not have the background on the tank. i most likeley will not paint the background of the tank. as fish go, i was thinking along the lines of cardinal tetras (which may be really boring), some platies, mollies, or gouramis.

i've found i can't stand shy or slow-moving fish, so the idea of tetras and gouramis may have to be scrapped.
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It's a very modest start!!! Personnally I like a natural look, the pots got to go and replaced by some natural rock or even some small petrified wood!!!

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i know the pots look silly.
they are there for the purpose of anchoring the anubias.
i have a huge piece of driftwood that i was going to use for the tank,
but as far as scheme goes...
it might not go in there.
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i know the pots look silly.
they are there for the purpose of anchoring the anubias.
i have a huge piece of driftwood that i was going to use for the tank,
but as far as scheme goes...
it might not go in there.
Pessimistic about using the wood too huh?

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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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post #11 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-11-2004, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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pessimistic about the wood? nope, because i'm using it for another
tank now...

well, i just made a trip to a lfs and found some bronze wendtii crypts
and also some platies.

i know the design is rather messed up, but i am still waiting for plants
from friends and through the mail.

hopefully the crypts won't melt when i have to move em again....
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Oh so your willing to have the task of trimming the plants at least once a week or so!!! Once the pennywort starts to take hold it can fill that tank in just a few short weeks.

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Oh so your willing to have the task of trimming the plants at least once a week or so!!! Once the pennywort starts to take hold it can fill that tank in just a few short weeks.
well, it depends. i'm still trying to figure out what i exactly want out of this tank. the pennywort may stay or go, depending on what i get through the mail. all my tanks are currently undergoing changes, so we'll see.

i'll keep you updated
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post #14 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-16-2004, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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i have updated my tank, thanks to wasserpest and his kind generosity in shipping me plants. all the plants have been divided among three different tanks.

i've added ludwigia (middle-background right) and some ambulia (background center). The anubias nana were also moved about, as were the unknown crypt species. the barteri may come or go...so i will have to wait till it sprouts new leaves and can make it on its own. :lol:

it now houses 6 red platies!

i like the look so far, even with the rocks. perhaps i will plant something in between the rocks... anyone got suggestions besides java moss? remember, i only have 15w on a 10g tank, and i'm probably not changing the hood any time soon.


thanks,
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post #15 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-17-2004, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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added more fish:

2 otocinclus catfish.
but they are so small it's hard to find them and photograph them.
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