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07-26-2015 06:21 PM
samee There needs to be a like button.
07-25-2015 02:06 AM
Originally Posted by Saxa Tilly View Post
This is so amazing my brain hurts. Want to trash all my tanks and cry.
That's funny!

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07-25-2015 01:58 AM
Saxa Tilly This is so amazing my brain hurts. Want to trash all my tanks and cry.
01-07-2015 04:28 PM
Originally Posted by crazydaz View Post
Time for some updated shots:

Bottom portion....I do like that row of Ludwigia linearis that is forming. Once the Alternanthera grows some, it should make for a nice feature. I hope to have the Ludwigia glandulosa x palutris coming up on the right side behind it all, and have some Ludwigia Atlantis mixed throughout. Still a few weeks away from being where I want it.

Top from the right corner:

Kind of a half-top/half-bottom shot. You can see that it is challenging taking a picture of both the top and bottom at the same time, due to the glare of the light from the top part of the tank. The Green Neon Tetra in the tank really add a nice contrast against the plants.

Here is a male Pelvicachromis taeniatus “Moliwe." This fish is fantastic, but curiously "opposite" of what you expect in a dwarf cichlid. The males are considerably larger than the females, and though have a great coloration, are more drab than the females. In addition, they also do not flare or chase the females; the females shimmy and try to impress the males!

Here is a female Pelvicachromis taeniatus “Moliwe." These fish are somewhat shy, but are fairly visible in the tank. "Skiddish" may be a better description, and they do not hold still for any longer than a second or two. It makes for a very challenging picture session. Their color is stunning, and they are currently available (as of 12/5/14) through Rachel (msjinkzd).

Here is the male again lurking around a Ludwigia species, which I cannot ID. It was sold to me as "glandulosa," but I do not think that it is. Lots and lots of color, and I LOVE the scale pattern on the Pelvicachromis taeniatus “Moliwe."

Here is a shot of the Left front-corner with several Bucephalndra species present. I have to trim this, but this follows two very heavy trimmings over the course of a month. You can never have enough Bucephalandra, but this might be pushing that line a bit.

Top of the tank has "officially" filled-in. Unless the Ficus is pruned every two weeks, it will choke out nearly everything, or simply grow over it. The Fluffy Ruffles Fern also sends out many runners, and is a prolific grower. It must be trimmed or removed on occasion.

Red or Green? Have a little BBA there, but that's OK. Have a new nice plants there: Alternanthera reineckii, Helanthium tenellum, and Limnophila sp. "Belem" make up most of the red plants; Penthorum sedoides and Cryptocoryne "Green Brown" makes up most of the green.

Full system shot:

I actually prefer this one most:

A nice shot of the Blotched Pyrrhulina:
Just incredible Don. looks so nice. As for me, about to pull the trigger on a Mr Aqua 17gal and downsize a bit. Maybe. My 56 is just not working out. Still debating it though.........ugggg
01-07-2015 02:53 AM
crazydaz Thanks J.Kirk! The fish that I get really have to stand out against all of that color, and bring some character to the set up. Common fish might work well, actually, but not common colors typical found. Platinum Angels would look great in this tank, but I can't imagine adding a huge school of Tiger Barbs, guppies, or most Tetras. They would get lost against those plants.
01-04-2015 04:35 PM
J.Kirk Obviously your tank is beautiful. But the thing that always gets me though are the interesting, unique fish you choose. They're always different from the run-of-the-mill tetras, angelfish, etc that most planted tank people have. Keep up the amazing work.
12-12-2014 03:36 AM
crazydaz Hi Grinch! That plant is Ludwigia linearis. Pretty rare species, and I only do trades for other rare species at this point. :-) Let me know via PM if you might have anything interesting!

Ethan and John, thank you both very much. ;-)
12-11-2014 06:58 AM
John7429 amazing.
12-11-2014 06:03 AM
ChemGuyEthan's beautiful...
12-11-2014 05:01 AM
TheGrinch crazydaz I think I need some of that belem! also what is the lush orange plant?
12-11-2014 03:41 AM
crazydaz Well thank both very much, Jacklyn and Tyrone. It's been a pleasure to show and to receive the comments and compliments, to be sure. :-). Thank you!
12-08-2014 07:00 PM
jmf3460 wow, simply stunning, you have a real talent my friend.
12-08-2014 06:49 PM
Tyrone Say Don, I think the name of this masterpiece should be called "Crazydaz's Dreamscape" or "Crazydaz's Paradise!" It's so captivating! Yes, thank you again for sharing.

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12-08-2014 02:04 AM
crazydaz Thanks Sean! That is Limno "Belem." :-)

Thank you AnotherHobby!
12-08-2014 02:00 AM
sjb1987 Amazing as always!

Is that Limnophila sp. Belem or sulawesi next to the penthorum? Its so nice looking in there
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