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post #31 of 206 (permalink) Old 01-30-2007, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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I moved the vals more to the left on the left side of the tank and had to re-arrange the Java ferns on the right. The glossostigma is starting to grow now, and many new chutes are popping up.
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Hey GDominy, did you ever post on the Loaches Online forum? I remember your name. . . i stopped posting on there a few years ago.

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looks great..I love the slate effect. I could see a little bunch of bushes of dwarf lobelia off to the right front.


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Hey GDominy, did you ever post on the Loaches Online forum? I remember your name. . . i stopped posting on there a few years ago.
Yes I did actually.. heheh.. Haven't been there in a while, I no longer have my loaches
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post #36 of 206 (permalink) Old 01-31-2007, 01:32 PM
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Nice wall. Did you just stack them up? Maybe silicone into place? Are there any worries about small fish/shrimp getting trapped behind there?

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Nice wall. Did you just stack them up? Maybe silicone into place? Are there any worries about small fish/shrimp getting trapped behind there?
The slate is held together with gravity and willpower.. heheh.. I am not really worried about the fish getting stuck.. the largest fish in this tank is a platty and they can easily navigate the slate. There are tons of tunnels behind the wall that the shrimp navigate and hide in too.

I was a bit worried that stuff might get stuck.. but so far.. so good
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Hey gdominy, is that L.sessiflora?
i love that plant.

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Just stack huh? What about stagnant water? Have you ever had problems with that, maybe causing dead zones where nasty things could happen?

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Just stack huh? What about stagnant water? Have you ever had problems with that, maybe causing dead zones where nasty things could happen?
I have had problems with slate walls twice, and it was always when I was setting up a wall in front of a really deep gravel bed (tightly packed together like a retaining wall).

The way the wall is set up now, with the input to the Filter behind the wall, it actually causes water to flow behind the slate. I have the filter output aimed toward the front left side of the tank (direct opposite) so it creates a circular flow from the front of the tank, the back, left to right.

There are a couple of spots in the tank that "might" cause problems (areas of slate down near the gravel), but I didn't make the slate too tightly packed, so it shouldn't be too much trouble
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Hey gdominy, is that L.sessiflora?
i love that plant.
I wish, its just plain old Cabomba caroliniana... To get the tank running I had to use some pretty common plants. I took cuttings from my mothers tanks, and from my goldfish tank, and picked up a couple of plants from various stores in town.

I did manage to get a very small quantity of Glossostigma which is starting to take off, and a few plants that I can't remember the name of, I'll post pics soon so you smarter folk can tell me what I have.. hehe
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Oh yeah, forgot to mention, I added 12 Adult cherry shrimp (3 females are berried) to this tank today, and I replaced the front two lights with 8000k bulbs (they were LONG overdue for replacement).
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Well, just took a few pics, could use a little help with some of them.

I liked this pic, managed to catch on of the larger shrimp in action.


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And if anyone could give me the real names of the following plants I would really appreciate it.

I like this one, it looks interesting the way its all segmented.



This one was entangled with a bunch of other plants I got, I have no clue what it is but I'm trying to recover it from its sorry state.



I'm looking for the name of this plant on the right, I used to know what it was but for the life of me I can't remember.

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To me that plant in the last picture looks like Hemianthus micranthemoides not getting enough light so it is growing upward. I could be wrong though...

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plant 1: Cyperus helferi?

plant 2: Pogostemon helferi?

plant 3: I agree, Hemianthus micromanthoides
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