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post #16 of 44 (permalink) Old 04-17-2009, 06:48 AM
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Very nice!
Your driftwood arrangement looks very natural.
I wished I could find driftwood like that around here!
Keep posting updates as it matures.
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post #17 of 44 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Update from yesterday.

I took the needle leaf java out, just can't get it to look like a nice clump after the initial die off of leaves. The crypt balanese is finally starting to grow more straight up, which I think is due to the other light I switched to. Other crypts are doing well also in the sand.

The Italian Vals I bought are starting to send shoots out with new leaves growing up. Some are 1/2 way across the tank all ready. The tall pieces also grew across the top of the water, so I trimmed those back. This is a really neat plant, but I am not using much Excel for fear of melting it.

Inhabitants are doing well. I had one cory who was lost for like 2 weeks, figured he was gone. As I took the rock that the java is on out of the tank I saw him stick in the rock. He found a small crevice and wedged himself in there. I think he is ok, he has a few like raw spots on his head and side, kind of like a scar.

I'll try to get some new pics.
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How many kinds of plants do you have in there? If you don't mind taking a couple of pics, I'd be curious to see how the tank looks like right now. And how is the pleco doing? Does it help cleaning the wood? Shouldn't the Excel take care of any fungus on the driftwood, too?
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Great job! I wish I had the aquascaping gene. Hope the cory recovers. I've had several wedge themselves, all recovered.


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Little bit of an update on my main tank. I am building a rimless 12x12 cube and plan on using a lot of the smaller driftwood in this tank. So I tool a bunch of old pieces of driftwood and started on a rescape.

The set up is the same as before with an Aquaclear 70 flowing from Right to Left. I am running 2 T8 strip lights right on top of the glass top, 1 bulb is a GE plant grow, the other is a standard aquarium bulb.

I moved around the crypts including the balances and they are melting quite a bit, but I expect them to bounce back. The Java fern is new and was getting holes in the leaves, but it seems to be stopping.

I re-read the EI dosing strategy and will be doing the light version for right now since this isn't much of a high tech tank. I dose Excel as recommended.

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Flora:
Cryptocoryne Wendetti - Red and Green
Cryptocoryne Balanese
Cryptocoryne Parva
Java Fern
Anubias Nana

Fauna:
10 Harlequin Rasorbas
1 German Blue Ram
1 Cherkerboard Barb
1 BN Pleco
1 Amano Shrimp
2 RCS

Water Parameters:
PH 7.4-7.7
Nitrate 0.0
Nitrite 0.0
Ammonia 0.0
Phosphate 2.0
GH 12 (Tap 10)
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Wow it looks great! Everything looks very healthy. No holes or leaf melting that I can see! Don't be discouraged. I experienced quite a bit of melting with Balansae as well. I think you have good plant choices for a nice easy going tank.

I really like the EI method too. I use a light version for my slow growers in my 15 gallon.
The water changes are a little work, but it's worth it because it takes the guesswork out of play. I really don't want a science experiment for a tank........ just healthy pretty plants.

I see the CRS on the java fern leaf. That's awesome! I can't find the ram though. Good luck with everything. Don't forget about this one once you set up the cube!

Oh yeah, You said something about suggestions.....
Some A. Petite stuffed in the cracks on your driftwood might be cool. I also think it would be cool if you threw in more rocks and made sort of another terrace level of plantings on the left, or else tried a small Echinodorus Bleheri, or maybe some Hygrophila difformis (Wisteria) in the back left. They are both cheap and common. See ya!

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Nice tank man, I've got a 20H myself, just started... What AC filter are you using? I've got a 110 on mine lol Check mine out sometime.
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post #23 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-03-2010, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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I've been pruning the melters a lot, hopefully they are done being mad at me for moving them around. I've got a crypt that is untouched in my son's tank and it's 3x the size of the ones in here, and that is the neglected tank.

I want to keep the left kind of open and see if the Parva does ok with the lower light, at least that side is easier to clean!

I hope the java ferns grow a lot and get bushy. Then anubias I have in there are almost 4 years old, I have split them several times and they do flower quite often.

Still thinking about maybe some kind of stem plant in the right corner to go along with the balanese.
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I don't get it, I'm still getting holes forming on the java fern leaves, this is so frustrating. Is it just an adjustment for the plant coming from someone else's tank? Patience, stay the course.......
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My java fern is getting holes too! They almost look like tiny cigarette burns in the leaves.

Do the holes in yours have black edges?

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They don't look like burns, it kind of like they are just getting paper thin and then you see the holes more gradually. I see new growth and small leaves coming from the rhizome, so hopefully they are adjusting to their new home.

I added some needle leaf ludwigia this weekend in the right corner hoping it will fill in and add some color.
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looks good, l like how you stacked the dw kinda like a fireplace in a way

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So I took my largest crypt that was growing in my Eclipse 6, it's almost 10" tall, and placed it in the left corner and moved the Crypt Wendetti Red over to the corner. I needed some more room in my Eclipse, the Crypt Parva was doing much better in that tank than this 20, go figure.

Java ferns are perking up and getting new leaves from the rhizomes and I am getting plantlets growing off the tips of the larger leaves. I wish this tank was a 55 or bigger.
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Updated picture of the Crypt I added yesterday. I think I like the way the left side of the tank was kind of bare in the posts above, but it was getting too large in my Eclipse 6

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Hey man, thanks for complimenting my tank. I also like yours and the driftwood you have chosen.

It will definitely fill in nicely. I like to take it slow, and add plants every few weeks or so and really think about it.

For the driftwood, I have one piece that is also developing a jelly-like fungus. I just brush it off with a piece of sponge I cut from an old filter. Eventually it goes away.
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