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08-29-2013 10:40 PM
blue1delta
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Originally Posted by tricken View Post
very nice low tech tank that is growing in to a high tech tank looking good
Thanks!
I am still very wary of taking on CO2.... Seems like a lot of trouble and cost...
08-29-2013 08:16 PM
tricken very nice low tech tank that is growing in to a high tech tank looking good
08-29-2013 04:16 AM
blue1delta
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Pardon my noobish question, but what is the species name (or common name) for that lovely spotted blue-green cichlid? Is that a severum?
It's a Jack Dempsey. They are not recommended for planted tanks.
08-28-2013 10:43 PM
AquaAurora Pardon my noobish question, but what is the species name (or common name) for that lovely spotted blue-green cichlid? Is that a severum?
08-28-2013 10:35 PM
blue1delta
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Originally Posted by Bradleyv1714 View Post
Nice tank! just wondering how your dwarf sag is doing? I have a low tech tank and I wanted to get a foreground plant but I dont think I have enough light though.
Mine is growing and slowly spreading. It does not grow very tall in my tank and does spread "like a weed" as most ppl say it grows in their tanks, but I only use liquid Co2...I feel like I might try to move to injecting CO2 soon.
08-24-2013 02:58 AM
Bradleyv1714 Nice tank! just wondering how your dwarf sag is doing? I have a low tech tank and I wanted to get a foreground plant but I dont think I have enough light though.
08-24-2013 02:00 AM
Tankaddiction My wisteria grows like a weed! I've never tried it floating...it is definitely a nitrate killer too. Good luck!
08-23-2013 04:46 AM
blue1delta
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Originally Posted by andrewq View Post
Are you tying down the moss? If not I would spread the moss out as much as possible. Even if its bare on some parts. Then wrap with some fishing line or thread. Moss will usually grow under any parameters. To speed up growing just add some co2
It grows great and I have had it tied... It does stick, but I will have huge clumps drifting and only a tiny strand will actually attach. I suppose the fish disturb it too much.
08-22-2013 04:58 PM
andrewq Are you tying down the moss? If not I would spread the moss out as much as possible. Even if its bare on some parts. Then wrap with some fishing line or thread. Moss will usually grow under any parameters. To speed up growing just add some co2
08-22-2013 04:52 PM
blue1delta Anyone else have input?
08-21-2013 06:40 PM
blue1delta I'll have to think about the lace rock. I have water wisteria in the tank it grows poorly rooted, but grows fast floating and requires tons of trimming to keep it from shading out the plants. Thanks so much for your input!
08-21-2013 02:58 AM
Tankaddiction I like your tank! I tried to put plants in my cichlids tank, but I have an orange freshwater Australian lobster, and he kept eating them...thus I have to settle for only 4 planted tanks...lol (one is not started yet).

Anyway, not a critique, just an idea...you might like lace rock. I see your moss attached to the wood...lace rock would make some kewl moss covered caves! And water wisteria would be an easy plant for the background plants and the really lower nitrate levels well. Just an idea that may or may not work for you.
08-21-2013 01:00 AM
blue1delta
Need Advice

So I still really enjoy my 55g tank, but I am looking for some specific advice on some of the problems and shortcomings that I have encountered.I guess the biggest thing is substrate. I used less substrate than I should have. I plan on adding another bag.The fish did dig a lot, but only in certain areas of the tank substrate is regularly rising on the plants. I have combated this by allowing the fish to dig in two areas of the tank and only tending plants in the "drop zone" of the substrate the diggers eject. I think that by adding another bag I will be able to build up the planted areas to height that suits the diggers.
Also I am frustrated by java moss's inability to attach it self to wood. Mine grows a lot, but drifts around in clumps instead of clinging and spreading along the surface of the wood.The stuff drifts around and lands in places that disrupt the aesthetic.
My Limnophila aromatica grows, but stays a pale green until it reaches the surface and turns dark purple. This is nice, but I want them a few inches away from the surface to avoid being propelled forward by the spray bar. I would appreciate tips on how to properly prune this plant because I am not happy with my uninformed attempts.
06-26-2013 04:02 AM
blue1delta
updated photo

here is tank as of today
06-06-2013 11:30 PM
blue1delta
updated pictures

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