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post #16 of 49 (permalink) Old 09-12-2009, 10:36 PM
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Nice scape
I really like the shape of that tank
I would suggest a black backround though

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Rocks! I love rocks and I can't use them successfully. Live for me! I am thinking yes, the alternanthera may be too much. Then again, it could be a nice contrast. Move it over and snap some pics.
More rocks it is! Will update.
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low-tech huh, lookin good.
Well, sort of......ferts and pressurized Co2 kind of knock me out of low-tech, but it is low light.

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Steak & Shake called, they want their rocks back.

I do like those rocks they are a nice contrast with the Java fern.

I wonder about using a finer gravel(?).
lol! I made sure every time I took rocks from Steak and Shake, I went in and bought a full meal and a milkshake for me and my wife.

As far as the gravel, I hope it's not too obtrusive. I love the color of it. I've been using that color since I was about 10 years old in most tanks. My plan was dose the water column, and to only use plants and mosses that can be tied to rocks, or plants that I know can do fine in the pea gravel. While some don't recommend vaccuming the substrate for fear of ammonia spikes, it's really nice every few months to be able to really plunge that gravel vac to the bottom without sucking up substrate when you want to rescape or when things have gotten out of hand in the tank (not that it ever happens to me ...lol) I think there is still plenty of good bacteria in the plants and canister filter not to lose fish or jack the ammonia out of control... but that is up for debate.

I also like the way java fern will take to the pea gravel, creating a perfect little anchor over time. It's easy to just pull the plants out, cleanup, drop them back in and rescape.

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very nice man, i like the scape! definitely looks great!
Thanks dude!
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and dang, where did you get all the petite?
All the petite came from an anonymous member (named Coltonorr)

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This post inspired me to clean out my 15g long. I'm surprised there arn't more of these on the forums, the dimensions are awesome.
Awesome. They are great tanks. This one is 24x12x12
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Hey Fred,
I think the other plant I sent you was C. wendtii 'florida sunset' but the only way to really find out is to grow it emersed.
Man it has done great. I was afraid of melting, but every crypt you gave me has at least one new leaf opened up.

Well gang, more rocks and plants to come soon. I'llll keep you all posted. I'm so happy to actually have a handful of comments on my thread. I guess that means I'm doing a little better at this.

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Nice scape
I really like the shape of that tank
I would suggest a black backround though
Thanks crimsonbull. I wish I had painted the background now too. I wanted to try the backlight thing (like in the first pic), but it really only looks good on rimless tanks. Maybe it will look cool after I get more plants in there.

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Nice tank, I love those black rocks in your tank , the water is crystal clear, I like it .
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Nice tank, I love those black rocks in your tank , the water is crystal clear, I like it .
Thanks dude. Your tank is coming along really well!

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Hands down cool tank!

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Cool tank!!!!
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Hahaha! Okay I promise an update this weekend after a WC. It is unfair to buy all these plants from you and never take another photo. I will go ahead and say, everything is algae free and still growing well. I'm doing water changes every three weeks, and dosing EI but treating the weekly schedule as three weeks (does that make any sense?) I still have 30 ppms Co2 pumping every day, but this tank really is low maintenance. Slow growers are awesome!


When the fall kicked in I got a new shotgun, and all my internet browsing turned to shooting forums again. I have a bad habit of going deep into hobbies for about three months, and then moving on to something else, but I always make it back to aquariums, fishing, and shooting.

Update to come!

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I'm glad everything is OK!

The Green Hygros you sent me a while back are flourishing, so much so, that I've been able to send some to friends who want them!

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Good start to the tank. I like the idea of another rock cropping (smaller) on the left side.

I'd be worried about the needle leaf in the center, once it fills out it I think it'd over power what's going on with the right side. You could potentially move it to the back left behind the rocks, if you go that route.
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I'm glad everything is OK!

The Green Hygros you sent me a while back are flourishing, so much so, that I've been able to send some to friends who want them!

Kenny
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Good start to the tank. I like the idea of another rock cropping (smaller) on the left side.

I'd be worried about the needle leaf in the center, once it fills out it I think it'd over power what's going on with the right side. You could potentially move it to the back left behind the rocks, if you go that route.
I think I agree with you 100%. More rocks..... needle leaf to back left.

Well I promised pictures and broke my promise. My interest in my tanks has sadly declined over the last few months. I'm not sure what's going on there. Does anyone else go through ups and downs with their tanks? I mentioned the beautiful new shotgun that has stolen my attention (and my spending money) for a while, and now we are remodeling 2 bathrooms back to back at our house, so I've been a little busy and broke.

Oh and one more thing... our baby is due April 5th. We're not finding out gender until it's born. My wife is really starting to show and you can feel the baby kick a lot! I think she is 22 weeks and she still has morning sickness every day, so that part stinks. I'm so excited, and I'm cherishing these last few months of peace and quiet.... and good SLEEP!

I got ready to take some tank pics tonight and realized my wife is out of town with the camera, so how about some poor quality phone pics in the meantime???

Not much has changed, but everything is a little thicker. I think I started the tank in September, so these slow growers have been nice, considering the slump in maintenance I've been going through. Hope you all like it!








Can anyone tell me what this plant below is? I love it!



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lookin good freddie!

that's c. pontederifolia

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