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post #16 of 125 (permalink) Old 02-09-2011, 10:55 PM
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Since Utricularia graminifolia is carnivorous could it have eaten your shrimp? Or would they only be big enough to eat the baby shrimp?
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post #17 of 125 (permalink) Old 02-09-2011, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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While UG is indeed carnivorous, the bladders arent large enough to catch shrimplets...they're better at catching microscopic inverts like nematodes and infusoria. Also to boot, the carnivorous structures for the most part stay subterrestrial, so the likely hood of the plant catching shrimplets or fish fry for that matter are very slim. There are true aquatic Utricularia, such as gibba, that do create floating/drifting traps which are more likely to capture those kinds of organisms. good question
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post #18 of 125 (permalink) Old 02-10-2011, 06:51 AM
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This. Is incredible looking. Good job for sure. If you didnt do a far away shot, it would look like a much bigger tank
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Wow it totally looks bigger than 2.5 gallons, awesome work!
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thanks very much for the kind comments! will post some close ups soon!
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post #21 of 125 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 04:50 AM
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Great looking tank. Lots of fauna for a 2.5 gallon! May I ask where you found the light fixture and bulbs to fit this tank?

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I love how the scape really plays with your mind, with regard to size, perspective.
Great tank.
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post #23 of 125 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 05:55 AM
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I agree with others, this tank looks so much bigger than 2.5 gallons. Nicely done!
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post #24 of 125 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 07:24 AM
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I have one remark and one question.

Remark: I love job you did 'scaping it! Looks big!

Question: Why is the drop checker clear?


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post #25 of 125 (permalink) Old 02-11-2011, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone! yes, the whole plan was to create a "big" scape within a small tank---what helps create the scale are the plants being used. small plants with small leaves, small pieces of driftwood that are intricately branched all help create the illusion that the tank is huge. small critters also help!

@sampster: the lighting was a hand me down from a friend. it's from Catalina Aquariums.
@caton: maybe not enough solution? but im pretty sure the reason why it appears clear is because the indicator's telling me that there's too much CO2....the fish dont look stressed out and since it's DIY, im not too worried about it.
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Thank you for the source of the light! I'm seeing things I've never seen before here and this is helping a ton.

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post #27 of 125 (permalink) Old 02-12-2011, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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here are a few more artsy fartsy pics messing around with perspective with a point and click---yeah i know quality sucks...if only i had a better camera :P please enjoy
it's a jungle in here!




a suitor in breeding garb (and you can see algae if you look hard enough XD)



the soil here was no more than a QUARTER INCH THICK!

i suspect high lighting is what is keeping the UG from floating.

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post #29 of 125 (permalink) Old 02-13-2011, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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thanks! the UG lawn needs a haircut soon...teeheehee
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post #30 of 125 (permalink) Old 02-13-2011, 02:10 AM
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Downoi is pale which means you need to up your Fe dosing. can be done with water colony or with root tab. Downoi is Iron hog.

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