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post #31 of 36 (permalink) Old 04-29-2009, 07:28 PM
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that bushy sub stuff looks so good! it filled in nicely.
its hard to see your shrimps, which is too bad, but im sure they are easier to spot in real life.
very cute tank.. i like that u can see from almost all the sides.
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post #32 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-29-2010, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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Let it overgrow... time to start over!

Ugh...I got frustrated with this tank because the acrylic has been scratched and there's algae that is impossible to remove, so it has been a while since I'd done anything with it. I was just shoving the subwassertang into corners until I realized I had way to much... I took nearly all of it out, and had 2 gallons worth!!! The RCS colony has hit a bottleneck, and there are no remaining males so I think it'll be used for my best looking "breeders" of whatever type of live-bearer I get, or used as a fry grow out tank.

The C. parva has done great, from the 3 plants I started with I now have 7-8! I need a taller plant to put in the back, maybe some java fern if I can get the plantlets in my 1.5 to grow nicely they'll be an option, or just let the E. tenellus spread.

The plants now are:

Cryptocoryne parva
Echinodorus tenellus
SŁŖwassertang

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I added a string of L. brasiliensis and a stem of Egeria densa to see if they'll do well. Also added a few java fern plantlets of the ones remaining from the 10 gal.

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Figured I would take a picture of the tank with my new camera! Couldn't get the color right though... its raining outside, usually photograph this one when its sunny out. I've added 2 stems of R. rotundifolia, and if they do well, I might alternate it with E. densa for a background plant.



I've also got some real annoying algae that clumps the substrate and it loves my C. parva! I believe its cladophora... anyone give me a positive ID?


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post #35 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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'The Birthing Suite'

I've come to realize that this tank will never see its former glory again... so I've decided to take a totally different approach. Since java fern, rotala, and subwassertang refuse to grow in this tank anymore its going to look quite different. My plan is to use the tank as a fry raising tank for my platies. I added a C. retrospiralis, a few Ludwigia repens x arcuata and an Anubias barteri 'nana'. There are still a few pieces of subwassertang stuck in the substrate, so I'm secretly hoping they will magically decide to grow once again someday.

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post #36 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-11-2011, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Baby C's first fish tank!

My wife said she wanted a fish tank for the baby's room... can you believe it... SHE said another fish tank! While I was excited at first, I decided to move the 5 gal. I wasn't sure I'd be able to keep up with 3 tanks with an infant. We went to look at Bettas, and found a healthy delta tail, which I think looks more like a super delta tail, (because petco always correctly labels their livestock, right!). I've got my fruit fly culture going, the platys in the 10 also love them.

This is the best pic I could take, I know the outside glass is dirty.


Here is Triton... he's blue with a turquoise metallic sheen. When he first got into the tank he would brush up against a plant and flare, I guess he was showing those plants whose boss!


This is the best shot I could get while he was flaring... never stopped moving!


Now all were waiting for is the baby... tomorrow is the due date!
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