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06-26-2015 02:23 PM
AquaAurora Above water view of the emersed plant growth on the driftwood please?
06-26-2015 03:11 AM
exv152 Very nice, you're aquascaping skills have come a long way if you look back on page one on this thread. Difference is night and day.
06-26-2015 02:32 AM
DvanK So here it is, my rimless tank one month later.

What do we think of the background?







I kind of like the one without the background. I just have to find a way to lighten it up from the back side to eliminate that gradient effect.
06-15-2015 12:38 AM
DvanK I suspended the light from the ceiling and now I'm using three bulbs instead of two.




Here is full frontal.

06-10-2015 02:19 AM
DvanK
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Originally Posted by Freemananana View Post
I like black on the 40! As for the main tank, sad to see the algae issues. I found my moss had issues like that when it was under too high of light. My solution was moving it down, deeper, in the tank. I know that isn't plausible for you. Not really sure what to suggest aside from treating it or trimming.
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
I personally like the black background on the 40g breeder.
Thanks for the feedback guys but someone suggested in another forum that the hardscape looses it's contrast against dark background. I tend to agree.

I'm going to remove the background for now.
06-08-2015 08:19 PM
AquaAurora I personally like the black background on the 40g breeder.
06-08-2015 10:59 AM
Freemananana I like black on the 40! As for the main tank, sad to see the algae issues. I found my moss had issues like that when it was under too high of light. My solution was moving it down, deeper, in the tank. I know that isn't plausible for you. Not really sure what to suggest aside from treating it or trimming.
06-08-2015 02:17 AM
DvanK Here is my new 40b1

What do we think of the background?

Plain - no background or green wall


Blue


or Black

06-01-2015 03:25 AM
DvanK Well this is one of those updates where the after pic looks worse than the before pic. But, I can explain

Tank was coming down with BBA and moss needed a trim so I did what I do every ~6 months and that is a complete shave down to the bone. Some of you may have heard that once you put moss in the tank its very hard or next to impossible to get rid of. It's certainly the case in this tank.


Here are some of the before pics




Side view with Monte carlo carpet



You can see the BBA forming on the moss



Monte carlo closeup



My apistos are going at it again. NO eggs or free swimmers have been spotted - ever!!!!




Side view


Over the top view- Looks like one of the bulbs burned out.



Close up of moss and BBA



Full frontal before the trim


Here is the tank during the trim and right after marsilea removal on the right side.






And here is after.



Everything stripped down to the bone.


Looks pretty bad doesn't it. After few weeks its going to look brand spanking new and fresh. Sometimes you just have to hack the hell out of it in order to get consistent dense growth and that's what i'm doing here. All buces and stems plants (with an exception of one) have been moved over to my 40B1 tank. That tank is beginning to look pretty good too. The goal is to limit the plant variety and to maintain that uniform look across entire tank.

Tank will look awesome in few weeks, you will see!
09-04-2014 11:50 PM
DvanK
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Originally Posted by kwheeler91 View Post
No problem lol. Now the vanity in me is forcing me to ask if you got the pushpin idea from? I did it a few years back to attach some fissidens and havent seen anyone else use them until now. A good alternative for those who dont want to use super glue

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I don't know where from I got the idea of pushpins maybe I came up with it by myself; I don't know but it works great. I hated robber bands, fish line, cotton and super glue. Robber bands were just too strong it felt like they were gonna snap the plants in half. Fish line was too visible and cumbersome to tie. My pleco got stuck on a cotton line and just like fish line too difficult to handle in an established tank. Super glue worked great but left white residue once plants were removed and algae wouldn't grow on it for a long time making it look like a scar.

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Originally Posted by ChemGuyEthan View Post
Fantastic looking tanks!

Push pins, huh? Just the little flat stainless steel ones?

I assume it roots into the wood and attaches itself so you can remove the pins?

...Excuse me while I go tack some hydro on my driftwood...
lol

Look at the first pic, one of the pushpins is holding the black wallpaper to the wall. I used the plastic ones with metal needle. They are easier to handle than the metal ones. It takes about two weeks for plants to attach themselves to a wood so after two weeks i remove the pins and throw them out as they will rust otherwise.

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Originally Posted by Jalopy View Post
This is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing.
Glad to be of service.
09-04-2014 04:34 AM
Jalopy This is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing.
09-04-2014 03:24 AM
ChemGuyEthan Fantastic looking tanks!

Push pins, huh? Just the little flat stainless steel ones?

I assume it roots into the wood and attaches itself so you can remove the pins?

...Excuse me while I go tack some hydro on my driftwood...
09-04-2014 01:52 AM
kwheeler91 No problem lol. Now the vanity in me is forcing me to ask if you got the pushpin idea from? I did it a few years back to attach some fissidens and havent seen anyone else use them until now. A good alternative for those who dont want to use super glue

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09-04-2014 12:12 AM
DvanK
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Love the hydro at/above water level photos, looks real awesome!! Underwater shots look very nice too.
Thanks - yeah I like it myself. It wasn't intentional, i had tiny little strangler and it just blew up to be what it is now. The driftwood is hollow so hydrocotyle is growing inside and coming out underwater as well as all over the tank.

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Originally Posted by Jalopy View Post
How did you plant the hygro on the driftwood? Tank looks awesome by the way.
I did attach it using pushpins - my personal weapon of choice as far as plant attachment goes.

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Originally Posted by kwheeler91 View Post
Looks good! The OCD in me just wants to point out that that isnt hygro (hygrophila), but hydro (hydrocotyle) it is indeed.
Thanks for pointing it out. I would have been calling it hygro.
09-03-2014 06:51 PM
kwheeler91 Looks good! The OCD in me just wants to point out that that isnt hygro (hygrophila), but hydro (hydrocotyle) it is indeed.
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