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12-16-2012 10:57 PM
mistahoo So far I'm quite pleased by how it turned out. Still working on getting the hydrocotyle japan to carpet which will take a while. DHG keeps getting uprooted by the snails, o-cats, and shrimp. HC is growing great too! Moss is finally growing past the melting phase from the excel and is tolerating it well now.
12-16-2012 10:53 PM
mistahoo I haven't taken the time to update this thread. I've taken too many photos and already posted them up elsewhere, so here's a link to my 5gal thread on I recently updated with some pics. This tank has gone a long way since September and only had algae problems for the first few weeks. I'm gonna step up the fert dosing to get some better color out of the plants, but for now I'm only using Excel and Flourish.
10-07-2012 06:27 AM
mistahoo Wow! I really like that! Would definitely look nice! There wouldn't happen to be any blue-ish low light plants would there? The tank is for my gf and she doesn't really like red, but blue is her favorite hence the reason why I'm getting Blue Velvets and several other blue fish for the tank. The RCS and cory cats are just to occupy the tank for now.
10-07-2012 06:21 AM
Bear Sage Rotala rotundifloria makes a great choice for a background wall in low light. I keep r. colorata and bacopa australis, even in the shade they grow well. Look good too.
10-07-2012 06:12 AM
mistahoo Cool! I actually have your plant pictured with my end result. Plant to do sort of a carpet with the two and a path with the hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan' cutting through the middle of the h. zosterifolia leading towards the back left corner right through the space of the driftwood. Mid ground will be assorted crypt wendtii to give some contrasting colors. Not completely set in stone on what other plants I will add to occupy the midground other than the wendtii. Also not sure about the background. Right now I want to try a wall of rotalia indica and bacopa. If I don't like how it looks, I'm gonna go through my list I made of low light plants and look for something else to try out.
10-07-2012 06:06 AM
Bear Sage I is. Saw your thread thought I'd check out where you were at.
10-07-2012 06:03 AM
Originally Posted by Bear Sage View Post
I really like the community on HFB. Recently joined.
Ah! Were you the one who had the 4 tanks, hydrocotyle tripartita 'Japan' and h. zosterifolia? Or am I mistaken?
10-07-2012 06:02 AM
Originally Posted by Bear Sage View Post
You like taking pics lol Last time i was i H-town i hit up a mom and pop in the oriental district and found a great stock of flora and dry goods. I brought home some H. 'bold' l. sessiflora and some fissidens.
Looks good man.
Majority of the pics were old pics. I continuously updated a similar thread over on HFB. I just thought I'd like to share my noob skills (just started the planted stuff last month). Which mom and pop store? The oriental district sounds like the SW side of town. The only ones I can think of are Xtreme Fish n Pets, Fish n Pets Unlimited, and City Pets. There's also Fish Ranch II, but it's ran by one guy and some hired employees.

Thank you! It's definitely nowhere close to what I have in mind. All of the plants are in there just to keep the tank stable and free of algae. Although that failed horribly and I have tons of algae. I just got a bag loaded of plants today so hopefully that'll choke out the algae.
10-07-2012 05:59 AM
Bear Sage I really like the community on HFB. Recently joined.
10-07-2012 05:56 AM
mistahoo Where the tank is now couldn't have happened without the help of such great members from! newb gave me the Fluval Chi for free! Mnemenoi donated tons of plants and plant trimmings along with assassin snails and rcs. Allysangels traded several plants for misc stuff and even gave some extra plants. Also got matrix from her. Murray (John, the owner of Houston Aquarium Warehouse a small but very awesome LFS) sold me the excellent quality manzanita driftwood and masked cories for extremely low prices! He always has great prices and great stock that most LFS don't carry or overprice down here. Definitely good people over on HFB!
10-07-2012 05:55 AM
Bear Sage You like taking pics lol Last time i was i H-town i hit up a mom and pop in the oriental district and found a great stock of flora and dry goods. I brought home some H. 'bold' l. sessiflora and some fissidens.
Looks good man.
10-07-2012 05:46 AM
mistahoo Updated OP with specs and equipment. Here are some FTS shots.

Front View

Right side view

Left side view
10-07-2012 05:39 AM
mistahoo How my canister is set up now. Removed all the ceramic rings and biomax I put in and replaced it with Seachem matrix. Sponge is still on the other side. No purigen still.

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