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06-30-2013 02:56 AM
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06-30-2013 02:24 AM
4Dallday I will give them a look up. Thank you for the input. The brown spots are part of the plant. Not dirty or dying. I really love the look. I would like to find out exactly because the roots aren't buried right now. They are just setting in the cracks of the wood. I hope that's the right thing to do.

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06-29-2013 01:51 AM
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No one on this site knows? :/

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Are they melon swords?
06-29-2013 01:05 AM
4Dallday No one on this site knows? :/

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06-27-2013 11:52 PM
4Dallday What are these? I only have these two and I want more. They are my favorite in the tank.

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06-27-2013 11:50 PM
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06-27-2013 09:47 PM
4Dallday I'm still holding off on the schooling fish. But It looks like I'll end up with black or red phantom tetras. I got 4 oto cats today to kind of play in the wood. There's still 20 ghost shrimp and the single rosy I dubbed "super sport" (ss minnow) I was also kicking around calling him Gilligan. Anyway, the plants I put into the cracks of the wood are already taking off well. I see roots making their way through the wood on all 4 types presented. I'll pick a community school and get about 10 tomorrow.

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06-27-2013 03:57 PM
4Dallday Turn the filters off all night? That's an idea. I'd have to keep the power head on though. I think I've settled on the idea of a school of black phantom tetras. How would they fare with only a power head at night? With the addition of the new wood I realize I need a few more shrimp as well. There's a lot of tiny cracks in it, forage freedom it would seem. Any tips on keeping the phantom tetras with anything I have?

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06-27-2013 12:01 PM
Brendakrom Ever since I started turning off the filters at night my plants starting booming.
06-27-2013 05:26 AM
4Dallday Adding nerite snails and a few more shrimp in a couple days. And I want to introduce a school of some sort. Still not sure what to add. I like natural and organic style fish. Nothing crazy or ornate. I want it to flow and still be comfy for them. Kinda stumped.

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06-26-2013 09:53 PM
4Dallday Thanks. My father lives in Toledo Bend. I have several huge pieces. And they are pretty easy to find. My next introduction will me the mussels from that area. I love them.

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06-26-2013 09:28 PM
Jahn wow, awesome piece of wood!
06-26-2013 09:21 PM
4Dallday This is after the large wood was introduced. I read to keep the roots out of the substrate on most of my plants. So this is what I came up with. I even tried the hair grass on the top, close to the light. (Bad idea?) The bubbles in the pic make the current look much faster than it is. The leaves barely rustle due to the flow. I'll take better photos when it clears up a bit.

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06-26-2013 07:48 PM
4Dallday Please identify those bunches. And to answer earlier cycle questions, I pulled the water from the 210 gallon cichlid tank. The 38 was first used as a quarantine tank and later used as a recovery tank for a couple of victims of violence by my ever infamous Flower Horn dubbed "The Enigma" and his female Texas cichlid counter part dubbed "The Cannibal" in the same tank is an unknown that looks to me like a mixture of a blue Dempsey and a green Texas. I call him "The Anomaly"
Anyway, the point here is that the water was cycled before the bedding was chosen for plants.
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06-26-2013 07:37 PM
4Dallday Please identify. Minnow slipped in there. Also, if anyone could enlighten me on tips to make rosy reds breed. Idk if I'm interested in that or not. My Texas Cichlids and flower horns would love the favor. I don't usually do feeders because of parasitic threats.

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