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01-25-2012 03:23 AM
second Wow
that looks great heather!! ps congrats on your coming little guy!
01-20-2012 09:15 PM
Heatherdersh Looks like I've got growth. Also, found some of that fancy ludwigia that stays red in low light on the sns...hopefully it stays that way easily for me.



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01-08-2012 11:26 PM
Fishies_in_Philly
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Originally Posted by Heatherdersh View Post
Alrighty. New specs:



[/CENTER][/CENTER]Plants:
Java fern trident
Crypt lutea
Crypt parva
Anubias nana
Sunset hygro
Some mystery plants I can't recall
Seusswassertang holding on in there somewhere.
don't you just love the auto fill in on smart phones?!?!?! but....gives an idea..dr. seuss themed tank for the little one's room!!

tank looks great! the high tech tanks are pretty to look at, but i prefer the low tech ones more. not sure why, just my oddball tastes i guess.
01-08-2012 09:26 PM
Heatherdersh Gave it some time to settle, took a better pic on my phone (new to it so im still getting used to it)

A little clearer, more true to color Fts:
Attachment 39925

Forgive my bba. It will not die lol. At least its not spreading and I've been picking it out as I get into the tank.
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01-06-2012 03:10 AM
Heatherdersh Alrighty. New specs:

27 gallon marineland cube
Lighting: stock marineland double bright LED fixture
Filtration: rena xp2 stock media, no carbon.
Equipment: rena heater set at 84 degrees, powersweep 30 powerhead, mini azoo powerhead
Substrate: Eco complete, floramax.

Livestock:
1x marble angel
2x cardinal tetra*
3x glowlite tetra*
10x pygmy cory
1x clown pleco
3x otocinclus
1x false julii cory*

Plants:
Java fern trident
Crypt lutea
Crypt parva
Anubias nana
Sunset hygro
Some mystery plants I can't recall
Seusswassertang holding on in there somewhere.

Some phone pics:

Fts:
Attachment 39746

My buddy:
Attachment 39747

Pygmy cory cat!
Attachment 39748


As you can see, its very blah right now. I hate the way it looks..so empty, but ill be able to dig back into it soon enough. I swapped the manzanita out for the old wood I had (easier to move around, less time in the tank) but I've still got that stashed away for later too.


* improper schools because some of these fish are years old and have died off...we are moving so I haven't bought more fish as I will likely be giving all but my angel away for ease of moving.

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01-05-2012 09:17 PM
Heatherdersh
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Originally Posted by Reginald2 View Post
ah man, I saw this thread pop up in my subscriptions and was looking forward to an update.
No pictures right now but I saw this post and figured I'd give an update.

I converted this tank to a low light, low tech tank a few months ago. I nixed the co2 and started using just the stock LED fixture. Why? Because I am expecting I hated to see the high light plants go, but the trimming was getting to be too much, too often when my doctor told me it's really not the best idea to spend hours a week with my arms in aquariums up to my elbows. It killed me to let my plants go, but I do know my son's health is more important than my hobby. Plus low-tech will be easier on my sanity once he arrives in April when I know the tank will be the last thing on my mind as a first time mom!

It is still green and kind of lush, but it's sad to look at when I know what it once was and it never got to realize its full potential. It's actually due for a wc tonight (moved to every other month) and light trim so I'll snap some phone pics and get them up later.


And as any good aquarium addict, I have a tank planned for his nursery once things settle down. My boss at work bought me a 30 gallon tank for winning a sales/customer service contest and it'll house one oranda with lots of rockwork and a few goldfish-safe plants..once everything settles down of course.
11-24-2011 05:38 AM
Reginald2 ah man, I saw this thread pop up in my subscriptions and was looking forward to an update.
11-24-2011 04:03 AM
second Thanks for the journal of your tank, it looks great! I have been drooling over the same tank at my lfs! I think seeing yours has pushed me over the edge. I hope to pick it up this weekend

07-05-2011 04:50 AM
bsmith You just need to harness your collectoritis and use it for good. Over the yeas in the hobby I have come to grips with my yearning for different/more difficult/pretty plants. I just weed out the ones that do not excite me after a few weeks and keep the ones that offer something exciting.
07-04-2011 07:41 PM
SeasonedNewbie
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Originally Posted by agentkhiem View Post
Ditto on the update! I'm using the same ensemble as well and I'm curious what you did with yours.
How's your setup going agentkhiem? Did you go high or low tech? How'd you stock it?
07-04-2011 03:35 PM
agentkhiem Ditto on the update! I'm using the same ensemble as well and I'm curious what you did with yours.
07-04-2011 03:29 PM
SeasonedNewbie Hey Heather - Any update on your awesome tank?
03-03-2011 12:48 AM
Heatherdersh
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Originally Posted by agentkhiem View Post
How's the cube looking so far? Really curious what the stand looks like on the inside
Well, life took over...and by that I mean working two jobs (one fast food and one retail) while being without a car relying on rides, having to spend 12-18 hours a day away from home, etc...the tank fell into neglect and duckweed took over, killing off most of the high light plants. All my easy growers are still trucking though (crypts, vals, dwarf sag, mosses/fissidens and such) so the tank is very green right now. But I like it. I've realized I simply don't have the time for a high tech tank right now, but I can maintain a low-tech setup and still get the same enjoyment out of it (minus the red plants ) so that's what I'm moving towards. About a week ago I netted out all the duckweed (I've nicknamed this plant "suckweed" in my house) and arranged the powerheads and spraybar to allow for more surface agitation to curb it's growth while I eradicate it completely. It's working wonders and after trimming back the old overgrowth, I've got new growth from the plants. Even the seusswassertang is doing something haha.

Anyway, no pictures as it's hard to get to my mom's to borrow her computer, but I'll work on getting some up soon.

And as for the stand, it's nothing special. XP2 and dry ferts haha.
01-30-2011 02:28 PM
agentkhiem How's the cube looking so far? Really curious what the stand looks like on the inside
10-25-2010 05:34 PM
cmabrey75 The tank looks really nice. You have some really good growth in there. Reallt really well done tank.
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