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01-14-2013 12:10 AM
geektom Bump- still looking for suggestions for stems to replace the pedicellata.
01-12-2013 11:51 PM
geektom Any suggestions to replace the pedicellata?
01-12-2013 03:53 PM
geektom Thanks, rustbucket! Got them from, same place I got the Pelvacachromis. Great resource for all kinds of stuff if you have not been there- including great prices (even with shipping) on Rapashy foods.
01-12-2013 02:33 PM
rustbucket Looking nice, I really like the little ceramic cave things. Wonder if they could be buried for plecs to have a pre-dug hole?
Those congos are gonna grow into some nice looking fish!
01-12-2013 01:22 AM
geektom The N. pedicellata does not seem to be thriving- the last week has seen a lot of die off and I am not sure why, especially since the crassicaulis is doing so well. Any suggestions? How about what I could plant instead that would fare better and is still an interesting non-plain green stem plant?
01-11-2013 01:18 PM
geektom Did some trimming and rearranging, and thought it would be good to share some pics! The water looks like it had lots of debris, but those are all bubbles!

I did not trim the N. crass, but I did carefully separate and spread out the stems, giving them more room and exposing more pink leaves:

My lace bulb is growing nicely!

Whoo hooo! Baby Downoi are starting!

I know I will have to keep trimming the larger leaves, but I am loving the color of this lily:

Anyone know what this cryptocorne is? I picked it up as a straggler:

Ok, so it is not an orange-eyed-crystal-bumble bee-kong, but it is still a shrimp!:

My cheater non-African catfish, Corydoras sterbai:

The only silver lining from losing all the rhombo barbs to ich, is that I was able to find some of what I actually wanted in the first place Barbus fasciolatus:

The baby Pelvicachomis taeniatus - they are only about 1.5"-2" long, but their coloring is starting to come in beautifully:

And finally, the mighty Congos!

01-02-2013 02:59 AM
geektom Thanks, everyone! I have 4 congos in there now, and plan to add 4 more. My Pelvicachromis taeniatus arrive Friday!
01-02-2013 02:27 AM
crazydaz I like the tank, and the rocks are a bit more toned-down now....they blend in instead of sticking out, which makes it look better to me. I absolutely love those barbs...they are phenomenal! Thanks for the pics!
01-02-2013 01:40 AM
GreenBliss Your tank looks great.
01-01-2013 11:09 PM
zoragen Very nice! The moss & plants really soften the rocks.
01-01-2013 10:59 PM
rustbucket Pretty tank.
I would love to see pics of the congos, they are my favorite fish.

How many congos do you have? They are really shy when you have a smaller number, even at 5 mine hid all the time. In larger numbers when they are content they are awesome, not just in attitude but in colour.

Most plants don't mind a hard trim, just leave a few leafs on the bottom half. If your really unsure do what I do, I trim one out of the bunch and see how its grows before chopping them all
01-01-2013 08:56 PM
geektom Nice detail of the Nesea crassicaulis getting red:

To get it to fill in, once it has grown out more, is there a best place I should trim it? I notice all the leaf/stem junctures also have what look to be little flower-like growths- are those ne leaves forming? They look so different.

12-31-2012 01:44 PM
geektom My two Nesea sp. are starting to grow! The golden's new leaves are nice and yellow, and the red is starting to "blush" and new, tiny red leaves are forming! So excited!

Anything I need to know when it comes time to trim? Will the bottom stems form new leaves?

12-24-2012 12:46 AM
MABJ WOO love it!!! Great job.

MABJ's iDevice used for this message :p
12-24-2012 12:43 AM
geektom My daughter took a clearer picture for me. The water has cleared nicely and the rhombo barbs and sidthimunki are swimming around like crazy, even schooling together at times. The Congo tetras are being shy, but it seems to take them a day or 2 to adjust each time I have made a change.

I am going to give they plants 7-10 days to settle in and then I will do some trimming- mostly the vals- to remove dead/damaged leaves. Both species of Nesea arrived bent, and I could not un-bend them without breaking the stems. I am hoping the will straighten up in the tank and grow some roots and then I can be more delicate with their placement.

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