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12-06-2012 04:06 AM
jshaffer740
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Nice journal and a nice tank in the making. Love the way you went about all this.
Thanks for the kind words!

Jason
12-06-2012 03:55 AM
Abhi Nice journal and a nice tank in the making. Love the way you went about all this.
12-06-2012 01:36 AM
jshaffer740 Finally, I have some non-cell phone pictures to share:




















12-05-2012 06:26 PM
jshaffer740 Week of growth:

November 28, 2012:


December 5, 2012:


Next week I'll give a two-week comparison, and then proceed with a major pruning.

Thanks for looking!

Jason
12-04-2012 04:28 PM
jshaffer740 One thing I forgot to mention in my original post is that when planting, I utilized the method employed by Amano and others, of using toothpicks/wooden skewers to outline where you want your various groupings of plants. This was really helpful for me in envisioning my groupings prior to planting. It helped ensure tight, defined groups. You can see it best in some of the overhead photos I attached in a prior post.
12-04-2012 03:50 AM
jshaffer740
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Originally Posted by CAM6467 View Post
Jason, you're doing a wonderful job on your 29g!! I just started my 29g back up and your tank is certainly an inspirational piece. If I could make a suggestion, I think anubias nana and fissidens fontanus would look fantastic on the driftwood that you have. Overall, though, this journal is definitely going on my subscriptions list!
Thank you for the kind words. Now I'm going to have a look at your 29! I like drawing inspiration from other tanks . Thanks for the suggestion. I'll probably wait and see how it looks once things are more grown in, but I definitely have been wondering what I could/should do with the dw. I might have to get ahold of some of those plants and try them out. Sometimes that's the only way to know for sure. Thanks again!

Jason
12-04-2012 02:52 AM
CAM6467 Jason, you're doing a wonderful job on your 29g!! I just started my 29g back up and your tank is certainly an inspirational piece. If I could make a suggestion, I think anubias nana and fissidens fontanus would look fantastic on the driftwood that you have. Overall, though, this journal is definitely going on my subscriptions list!
12-03-2012 07:31 PM
Amandas tank I couldn't agree with you more I will be waiting for your plants to fill in and see what you do with it.
12-03-2012 07:07 PM
jshaffer740
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Originally Posted by Amandas tank View Post
Very fun read! When those plants fill in around the beautiful piece of wood your tank is going to be great! It sure does make things more interesting when a person has a love for different styles and puts them in one tank. Nice job.
Thanks for the comments! I am definitely anxious to see it progress and fill in. I love when there is thick, lush group of mid-ground and foreground plant enveloping a piece of driftwood. I am hoping to get there with some time and a little luck.

And yes, I definitely have a love and appreciation for the different styles. I think it is what makes this hobby so interesting. There is such an unlimited amount of possibility and creativity that can take place in the exact same dimensions with the exact same plants. I love seeing what everyone comes up with.

Finally, thanks for reading my novel! I'm glad you enjoyed it

Jason
12-03-2012 06:58 PM
Amandas tank Very fun read! When those plants fill in around the beautiful piece of wood your tank is going to be great! It sure does make things more interesting when a person has a love for different styles and puts them in one tank. Nice job.
12-03-2012 06:54 PM
urbguy
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Originally Posted by jshaffer740 View Post
Yeah - that's the hardest part. I'm planning on waiting about 2 weeks before the first pruning. Hopefully that will give things some time to get acclimated and some rooting done before trimming. I am noticing melting on the blyxia japonica - not sure if that is normal or not. I see new growth starting at the base of those plantings, so I assume the old leaves will melt and make way for new - but I'm not sure.

Otherwise everything is looking healthy and green (or red in the case of a few plants!)

Jason
It's pretty normal. Since you have moved onto higher equipment you'll see new growth in no time, plus you have root tabs. My tank is similar to your medium light set up, I just bought like 2 packets of root tabs to give further nurients to my plants. I've tried the high tech approach and I couldn't really keep up with maintenance; however, you're doing awesome.
12-03-2012 06:42 PM
jshaffer740
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I was about to say! That would have all costed a really pretty penny. I'm glad everything worked in your favor! Now, the only thing to do is wait...
Yeah - that's the hardest part. I'm planning on waiting about 2 weeks before the first pruning. Hopefully that will give things some time to get acclimated and some rooting done before trimming. I am noticing melting on the blyxia japonica - not sure if that is normal or not. I see new growth starting at the base of those plantings, so I assume the old leaves will melt and make way for new - but I'm not sure.

Otherwise everything is looking healthy and green (or red in the case of a few plants!)

Jason
12-03-2012 06:39 PM
urbguy
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Ha - that's exactly what I was thinking. I didn't want to give algae a chance. Many of the videos of Amano and others show much denser initial planting than what I was used to, and I thought maybe that was part of the trick. Also, my 37g had given me some good growth, so I was able to cut many of the stems from that tank in half and effectively double the number of plantings I had to work with.

We'll see how it goes! Fingers crossed - I'll keep the updates coming.

Thanks for the comments!
I was about to say! That would have all costed a really pretty penny. I'm glad everything worked in your favor! Now, the only thing to do is wait...
12-03-2012 06:36 PM
jshaffer740
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This looks really amazing! I can't wait to see it all filled in!! I'm truly in shock as to the intensity of the initial planting! Take that algae!
Ha - that's exactly what I was thinking. I didn't want to give algae a chance. Many of the videos of Amano and others show much denser initial planting than what I was used to, and I thought maybe that was part of the trick. Also, my 37g had given me some good growth, so I was able to cut many of the stems from that tank in half and effectively double the number of plantings I had to work with.

We'll see how it goes! Fingers crossed - I'll keep the updates coming.

Thanks for the comments!
12-03-2012 06:31 PM
urbguy This looks really amazing! I can't wait to see it all filled in!! I'm truly in shock as to the intensity of the initial planting! Take that algae!
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