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04-14-2014 04:52 AM

FTS, as per usual. Probably should have wiped the front glass…too lazy.

EBJD is still the king of the tank. I wonder if that will change as the EBA grows…that will be an interesting dynamic.

Some algae and nastiness yes, but I’d say this has grown since I had to trim it down a little.

iPhone 5s takes much nicer pics than my old phone.

Mini Pellia is slowly growing.

S. sp. Bihar…such a good decision to buy. Kind of tempted to let this replace the H. corymbosa but I like both plants for different reasons. Also, plants like this are giving me horrible and beautiful ideas for what I’d do with a bigger high tech tank. One day, one day…

L. rugosa. Surprised I don’t see this ever, I’m enjoying it quite a lot.

So pretty

Bichir and P. stellatus narrow leaf. I’m liking this plant a lot. I removed the L. aromatica from in front of it to let this plant shine more (also to maybe add more another crypt or two…I’m looking at that flamingo AaronT) L. aromatica is still in the tank though, behind the second piece of wood from the left.

Myrio “Red”. I’m hoping as it grows taller it will get a brighter red, but if not, I’m still happy with this plant.

So L. senegalensis and Pantanal like this tank, as they grew tall and had to be trimmed down and replanted. This section is a mess, sure, and I need more Pink and more Twisted, but man this section is making me happy because its all growing. I THINK there is some regular repens and regular palustris somewhere in this mess but man its going to be hard to find. Atlantis is doing well, as is the Arcuata, Brevipis, Arcuata x Repens, and the other Arcuata x Repens that is actually red, thicker, and looks different. Oh, and Rubin is pretty awesome as well, and Red is a nice place holder.

I only have 2 stems of the pink but…it will soon grow to be a little more noticeable. I might remove some of the Red as this grows out more. Its going to be fun balancing all the Ludwigia species and varieties I have going on in this area. Again, this is one of those moments that is giving me ideas for how I’d do a bigger tank.
03-21-2014 03:25 AM
HybridHerp UGH, so I was halfway through posting an update on this thread and guess what, my browser freezes and I have to restart….so I’m pre-writing my post via word and am going to copy/paste because UGH

So anyways, as far as fish go, it’s the same as before, but I added a male Bristlenose and should be adding a long fin albino female tomorrow. Possibly a Pictus too pending on its size and likelihood of becoming Bichir food.

I’ll post the list of plants I have after doing the pictures, because its probably a nuisance for those who just want to look at pics to see a wall of text right away.

Syganthus belem is a larger plant than I initially thought. I thank Joraan for talking me into grabbing this species, I feel like it will work very nicely right where I have it, since I’d be wanting to keep it shorter anyways to show off the tops of the stem.

Barthog had a special on erios….I couldn’t resist. Parkeri in the front is the small one, but man am I excited for that compressum. I had to pull it apart as it was all one mass at first, and then I trimmed off the bad leafs, but from seeing Barr’s tank, I can say I’m excited for these to grow nice and thick.

Ludwigia brevippis sneaking out the wood. Also spheracopa in front of the wood and Cuphae. I only have small stubs of Hygro araguaia in here now, but I have some I’m adding as soon as they convert to submerged for me. Might also add an Aflame sword over the summer.

Ludwigia species are an addiction. Its going to be interesting differentiating them after some time has passed, but this is why I keep really, really good records of what I plant where.

This is also going to become a very colorful area for sure.

Mermaid weed and Lace plant popping out the top of this wood will look really cool. I know lace likes getting large, so I figure this is a way to let it do its thing while also letting it be a little more reeled in.

Ulvaceus is there, died back but is sprouting again. There is also a Marble Queen as that leaf type will look cool behind the sunset Hygro. I moved the brown to the front since the sunset was blocking it, and to be honest I like the look more like this, and it makes more sense since sunset just grows faster.

Some shoreweed framed by S. repens. I’d love for this to carpet, but if not, I’ll try something else, maybe Monte Carlo. Or blood vomit if I’m feeling really crazy and wild.

Lots of Rotala here and Hygro. Also some S. Bihar in front of the corymbosa now, I want to let that grow tall as well so that it can get that orange color. Seems like a really cool plant.

Surprised that the Red Ammania is growing for me. New growth isn’t really red but that’s okay, still looks cool. Also have some narrow leaf Stellatus behind the Limno now, so that’s fun.

EBJD, listen, I just want to show a nice pic of the variegated Althernathera. You aren’t the star of the show okay?

FINEEEEEE, you can be the star right here, alright? Good.

The Lagenandra went on an adventure around the tank for a while when I was gone so, that’s why it looks so BLEH. Should stay in place now. More importantly, that variegated looks sick. Can’t wait for it to grow nice and big.

Got this from a LFS. Not sure what it is…but I like it.

All that green is Repens x Arcuata. There is also Repens hiding somewhere in this area, but whatever. It will become more apparent to others what Ludwigia is here as they grow towards the light and get their colors.

The nice thing about L144 and albino fish, are that they are pretty easy to see. The male has a nice head but good luck finding him in a spot where he sticks out sigh

I suck at picture taking but whatever. Awesome congos are awesome regardless of my picture quality.

So blurry, ugh

Woah, throwback. I guess this says a lot about my progress, being that this picture is from when I first decided to go planted. This was like, 2.5-3 years ago.

And this, explains a lot. As in, my BBA problem. For a frame of reference, this was a week or two after Sandy had it, and it devastated my tanks. This one especially, never got a real complete overhaul, since there were always some fish still alive in this tank. Probably not best to turn an established tank into a planted tank without resetting the tank, but hey, its taken some time but I’m finally getting the hang of this craziness.

Nostalgia fest done. Here’s the plant list as it is now.

Rotala mexicana var. 'Goias'
• Behind S. repens
Staurogyne repens
• Partial carpet
Littorella uniflora
• Partial carpet in front of S. repens
Hygrophila sp. ‘Araguaia’
• Partial carpet to the right of S. repens

Cryptocoryne sp. ‘Green Gecko’
• Crypt ring
Cryptocoryne nurii
• Crypt ring
Cryptocoryne becketii petchii
• Crypt ring
Cryptocoryne x willisii
• Edge of crypt ring
Ammania pedicellata – “Yellow Nesaea”
• In front of N. aquatic
Eriocaulon cinereum/compressum
• Back of Erio grouping
Eriocaulon parkeri
• In front of Erio grouping
Syngonanthus sp. “Belem”
• In front of Wood #1

Ammania praetermissa
• Directly behind crypt ring
Echinodorus sp. ‘Rose’
• Middle of crypt ring
Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Florida Sunset’
• Crypt ring
Cryptocoryne wendtii - “Red/Brown Crypt”
• Crypt ring
Limnophila aromatica
• Right next to crypt ring
Rotala macrandra var. “Mini Butterfly”
• Behind Limnophilia rugosa
Limnophilia rugosa
• Next to Wood #5
Rotala sp. ‘Vietnam’
• In front of Wood #4
Rotala mexicana var. ‘Araguaia’
• Left of R. sp. ‘Vietnam’
Rotala wallichii
• Left of R. mexicana var. ‘Araguaia’
Nymphaea micrantha
• In front of R. sp. ‘Vietnam’
Nymphoides aquatic – “Banana Plant”
• In front of right side of Wood #4
Hygrophila polysperma var. ‘Sunset’
• Back of left Hygro group
Hygrophila pinnatifida
• Between H. Brown and H. Sunset
Hygrophila sp. ‘Brown’
• Front of left Hygro group
Murdannia sp. 'Red'
• Left of H. sp. ‘Brown’
Persecaria kawagoeanum
• In front of Wood #3
Cuphea anagallidea
• In front of Wood #2
Aponogeton madagascariensis – “Lace Leaf”
• In the gap of Wood #2
Proserpinaca palustris – “Mermaid Weed”
• In the gap of Wood #2
Ludwigia palustris
• In the gap of Wood #2
Ludwigia sphaerocarpa
• In-between Wood #1 and Wood #2
Ludwigia sp. ‘Red’
• Behind L. arcuata and L. senegalensis
Ludwigia brevipes
• In front of L. sp. ‘Red’
Ludwigia inclinata var. ‘Pantanal’
• Behind L. arcuata and L. senegalensis
Ludwigia arcuata
• Behind L. inclinata var. ‘Pantanal’
Ludwigia senegalensis
• Front of genus

Vallisneria sp. ‘Leopard’
• Behind Wood #6
Alternanthera reineckii var. “Variegated”
• Back right corner
Cryptocoryne sp. Wendtii Hybrid
• If so, use to frame crypt sp. group
Nymphaea stellata – “Dwarf Lilly”
• Next to H. corymbosa
Pogostemon stellatus var. 'Needle Leaf'
• Behind L. aromatica
Hygrophila corymbosa – “Giant Temple”
• Bordering back right of Wood #4
Staurogyne sp. ‘Bihar’
• In front of H. corymbosa
Cabomba furcata – “Red Cabomba”
• Behind Wood #4
Echinodorus cordifolius var. “Tropica Marble Queen”
• Behind H. polysperma var. ‘Sunset’
Aponogeton ulvaceus
• Behind Hygrophila polysperma var. ‘Sunset’
Myriophyllum mattogrossense var. ‘Red’
• In front of E. sp. “Marble Queen”
Persecaria praetermissa 'Ruby'
• Behind Wood #2
Myriophyllum tuberculatum – “Red Myrio”
• To the right of Ludwigia forest
Crinum calamistratum
• Behind Wood #2 and in front of Wood #4
Ludwigia sp. ‘Unknown’
• Request ID (maybe repens x arcuata?)
• Back of right of genus
Ludwigia sp. ‘Rubin’
• Back left of genus
Ludwigia sp. ‘Atlantis’
• In front of L. sp. ‘Unknown’
Ludwigia repens x arcuata
• In front of L. sp. ‘Unknown’
Ludwigia repens
• In front of L. sp. ‘Atlantis’
Ludwigia sp. ‘Pink Ovalis’
• In front of L. sp. ‘Rubin’
Ludwigia inclinata var. 'Tornado'
• In front of L. sp. ‘Pink Ovalis’

Wood #1
• Fissidens fontanus – Fissidens
o Allow to carpet wood
• Anubias barteri var. ‘Petite’
o Allow to carpet wood
Wood #2
• Fissidens fontanus – Fissidens
o Allow to carpet wood
• Riccardia chamedryfolia – “Mini Pellia”
o Allow to look like coral
• Microsorum pteropus var. ‘Windelov’
o Allow to carpet top of wood
Wood #3
• Microsorum pteropus var. ‘Trident’
o Allow to carpet bottom of wood
Wood #4
• Anubias barteri var. ‘Nana’
o On wood
• Anubias barteri var. ‘Broad-Leaf’
o On wood
• Anubias barteri var. ‘Coffeefolia’
o On wood
• Anubias hastifolia
o On wood
Wood #5
• Bucephalandra sp. “Brownie Red”
o On wood
• Bolbitis heudelotii var. 'Mini'
o On wood
• Taxiphyllum sp. “Flame”
o On wood
Wood #6
• Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Pink’
o Let it grow large
01-30-2014 04:59 PM

Guess who managed to somehow kill off a ton of BBA? This guy...that's who. Also doesn't hurt that I'm now running a Vecton 600 UV sterilizer. Its cleared the tank up a lot, but the algae battle isn't over yet. Also STILL getting more plants into this tank and waiting on some fish to grow out (but I did add the last two L144's (the bristle nose plecos) recently so thats nice).

Debating on if its worth getting more bristle nose plecos...they seem to be slow-ish growers.

Trying my hand at erios....with cichlids....god I'm crazy but theoretically it should work. In fact, the plants that do have issues only have issues due to larger fish disturbing them before they make good roots. I know erios are thick rooted plants, so I know once they settle they will be golden. The downi should also work the same. Realistically, if I was starting a new tank with these kinds of fish, I'd get the plants growing before having the fish, but I had the fish before I was into planted tanks so it can't be helped.

Minus my thinking that top anubias is not petite, the rest of the anubias here is growing fine now that the algae is clearing.

And someone was feeling a nice bright blue

Biggest of the three is still small but, is growing. I do like these a lot as I love the idea of an easy to see pleco in this tank.

A buddy gave me this P. erectus. Idk if I like it in this tank, but for now I need the plant mass so for now it stays. I might remove a large chunk of it or find some other place for it later one though.

Lace plant is slowly growing back, but should look nice poking out of this driftwood when it gets bigger. The mermaid weed is looking sad though...I need more of it eventually.

Now, this is where some will very much think I'm out there with my plant choice. After I get this S. repens to grow in, I might have it work as a frame for some other plant species. I'm thinking Blood Vomit or MC3...of course, I'd wait until the summer when I'm more around to do either species since they are delicate and a little more expensive. But if I got that to work, it'd be super sweet.

I also wish my phone took better pics, as this is much redder/pinker/brighter in person. I gotta trim this down though so that the Brown behind it can actually be seen, and look a little more even.

Linderia India is here (curtsy of sjb1987) and the Vietnam is doing alright. I think its Vietnam at least, but I am unsure as it does get a little more red/orange than I thought vietnam could get.

Cichlid mania

Rainbow cichlids are still super underrated.

And ropes are still adorable.

And 8 congos is very, very nice

Rainbows are also very pretty fish

Corymbosa is also a very pretty plant. There was some compact I had here, but I think the regular out competed it. Either way, its not leggy when trimmed and kept up with, and since its placed as it is, its not an issue.




And you, stop being so dose garn camera shy

Yah, I like my EBJD in a planted tank.

Someone, tell me why these are not more popular? Just look at it, there is NOTHING drab or boring about this fish.


Albino bichir is still cool

As is delhezi (who is growing fast)

And this guy just happened to be in a very goofy pose.

Sadly, the retropinnis is still super shy, and I have more plants to add to this, but progress is progress, and I'm glad that the algae is subsiding.
12-02-2013 05:12 AM
HybridHerp Yah, so, I finally added the del to this tank...also, my T. ellioti died

I'll get some other cichlid to fill the void, but that will wait until I'm done with finals in like two weeks or so.

Plants are doing okay, gotta add more though, change some things around. I'm not liking having all the different lotus plants though, as they take over very quickly and shade everything. I'm going to think of new places to put them in the tank, or possibly remove some all together.

Also, co2 ran out while I was away, so BBA took over, tank is totally not pic worthy atm. I'll be killing off my algae problem soon. Running the lights on this tank for only 4 hours the next few weeks, just due to lack of co2 and excess of algae.
08-19-2013 04:40 AM
HybridHerp Slowly but surely, it looks like my yellow nessea is recovering and un-stunting.

A few curious things with my plant growth though...I notice that the leafs on my L. cuba and R. vietnam like to stay shorter than when I got them....the Cuba seems to be doing okay but the vietnam is doing well, changing to a nice reddish-orangy color as well...but idk if it having smaller growth is an issue or not. Might also have been stunting from when my lights weren't what they should've been.

My Blyxa is also looking meh...I feel some of my not as tall plants got stunted when I was stupid with the lights....I just hope it all recovers.
08-14-2013 02:42 AM
HybridHerp One of these days, when the tank is full swing, I will use my mom's nice camera.

Also, LOL at my being a "guru" now. Pretty sure all I am is some guy that spends too much time on here and makes a few too many posts :P
08-14-2013 02:41 AM

So finally, I make that update. Wasn’t feeling well last night so wasn’t worth typing this all up and uploading the pics and all.

I’ve made some additions to the tank. I was getting a lot of dead spots so I had to fix up my flow. Added another korelia 750 that I got in a trade for some plant clippings from a guy that used to keep it salt water…cleaned it off by just soaking it in a 1:1 thing of vinegar and tap water. Easier than scrubbing that’s for sure. Joraan, whom I recently met, told me how to set up my flow, although I slightly modified his idea with my own simply because I don’t think the flow on an Eheim is really worth its weight. Maybe excessive, probably. Does it work? Yes. So do I care? Nope, as long as it works :P

I kinda am too lazy to write out what is and what isn’t new…so I’m just going to post up the entire list of plants in this tank again. Also, got new light bulbs finally….my lighting now is 2 6500K Bulbs for 8 hours….and a pink grow bulb and a 5000K for 6 hours (should be 4 but….tbh I kinda don’t mind doing it like this if it helps things color up and all)

• Rotala Mexicana var. 'Goias'
o Partial carpet between R. sp. ‘Vietnam’ and S. repens
• Staurogyne repens
o Partial carpet
• Micrantherum umbrosum var. ‘Monte Carlo’
o Partial carpet in front of S. repens
• Hygrophila sp. ‘Araguaia’
o Partial carpet to the right of S. repens
• Eichhornia diversifolia
o In front of Wood #1
• Hygrophila pinnatifida
o In front of Wood #1
• Blyxa japonica
o In front of Wood #1 and #2
• Nesaea pedicellata – “Yellow Nesaea”
o In front of N. aquatic
• Cryptocoryne parva
o Edge of crypt ring
• Cryptocoryne nurii
o Crypt ring
• Cryptocoryne sp. ‘Green Gecko’
o Crypt ring
• Echinodorus sp. ‘Rose’
o Middle of crypt ring
• Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Florida Sunset’
o Back of crypt ring
• Limnophia aromatica
o Right next to crypt ring
• Nymphaea micrantha
o Near crypt ring
• Rotala macrandra var. ‘Japan Red’
o In front of Wood #4
• Rotala sp. ‘Vietnam’
o Behind R. macrandra var. ‘Japan Red’
• Nymphoides aquatic – “Banana Plant”
o In front of right side of Wood #4
• Nymphaea stellata – “Dwarf Lilly”
o On top of N. aquatic
• Echinodorus angustifolia ‘Vesuvius’
o In front of N. aquatic
• Hygrophila polysperma var. ‘Sunset’
o In front of H. sp. ‘Brown’
• Echinodorus sp. ‘Aflame’
o In front of R. sp. ‘Sunset’
• Nymphaea zenkeri – “Red Tiger Lotus”
o In front of the gap of Wood #2
• Ludwigia inclinata var. ‘Pantanal’
o In front of L. inclinata var. ‘Tornado’
• Micrantherum umbrosum
o In front of L. senegalensis
• Didiplis diandra
o In front of M. umbrosum
• Hydrocotyle tripartita – “H. ‘Japan’”
o To the right of Wood #6
• Vallisneria sp. ‘Leopard’
o Behind Wood #6
• Alternanthera reineckii var. ‘Rosaefolia’
o Back right corner
• Nesaea praetermissa – “Red Nesaea”
o Between P. stellatus and H. corymbosa
• Cryptocoryne crispatula var. flaccidifolia
o Allow to grow around back of crypt ring
• Cryptocoryne usteriana
o Keep in back of crypt circle
• Cryptocoryne sp. Wendtii Hybrid
o Said to grow tall
• Pogostemon stellatus var. 'Broad Leaf'
o In between N. praetermissa and A. reineckii
• Hygrophila corymbosa – “Giant Temple”
o Bordering back right of Wood #4
• Hygrophila corymbosa – “Kompact”
o Same as other variant
• Rotala sp. ‘Bangladesh’
o In between H. corymbosa and C. furcata
• Cabomba furcata – “Red Cabomba”
o Behind Wood #4, in-between A. madagascariensis and R. sp. ‘Bangladesh’
• Aponogeton ulvaceus
o Behind N. aquatic
• Aponogeton madagascariensis – “Lace Leaf”
o Behind N. aquatic
• Hygrophila sp. ‘Brown’
o Around A. madagascariensis
• Persecaria praetermissa 'Ruby'
o Behind Wood #2
• Myriophyllum tuberculatum – “Red Myrio”
o Behind Wood #2
• Proserpinaca palustris – “Mermaid Weed”
o In the gap of Wood #2
• Crinum calamistratum
o Behind Wood #1 and in front of Wood #3
• Hydrotriche hottoniiflora
o Keep to the right of Ludwigia forest
• Ludwigia sp. ‘Rubin’
o Back right of Ludwigia forest
• Ludwigia glandulosa
o Back left of Ludwigia forest
• Ludwigia sp. ‘Atlantis’
o In front of L. sp. ‘Rubin’ and L. glandulosa
• Ludwigia inclinata var. ‘Cuba’
o In front of L. sp. ‘Atlantis’
• Ludwigia inclinata var. 'Tornado'
o In front of L. inclinata var. ‘Cuba’
Wood #1
• Anubias barteri var. ‘Petite’
o Allow to carpet wood
• Anubias barteri var. ‘Micro’
o Allow to carpet wood
Wood #2
• Microsorum pteropus var. ‘Windelov’
o Allow to carpet top of wood
• Fissidens fontanus – Mini Fissidens
o Allow to cover wood
Wood #3
• Microsorum pteropus var. ‘Trident’
o Allow to carpet bottom of wood
• Fissidens fontanus – Mini Fissidens
o Allow to cover wood
Wood #4
• Anubias barteri var. ‘Nana’
o On wood
• Anubias barteri var. ‘Broad-Leaf’
o On wood
• Anubias barteri var. ‘Coffeefolia’
o On wood
• Anubias hastifolia
o On wood
Wood #5
• Bolbitis heudelotii var. ‘Mini’ – “Mini African Fern”
o Allow to cover wood
• Fissidens fontanus – Mini Fissidens
o Allow to cover wood
Wood #6
• Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Pink’
o Let it grow huge
• Vesicularia montagnie – “Xmas Moss”
o Let it grow compact and bushy
• Lomariopsis sp. ‘Subwassertang’
o Allow to form a nice layer on stones and wood

Yah…that’s a lot of plants lol I still have a few more I want, and of course I need things to grow in. Gotta refill my co2 tomorrow though, thing ran out (sadface but also expectedface)

Joraan grows plants like nobodies business. Shout out to him, this aromatica came straight from him. 15 stems...I might actually thing it a tad because my crypts will need room to grow, as well as the sword, but they are fine like this for now :P

Found this at my LFS. Red Nessea. Picked it up because why not. Its getting brighter now and I have high hopes that this will do well for me. It seems really pretty. And will look great between the H. corymbosa and the P. stellatus (which is slowly coming around)

H. Japan in the background say what? I saw someone grow this up as a big bush….decided why not since someone gave me some extras. If I don’t like it, I can just let the A. reineckii take its place or the Leopard Val.

The Lagenandra has not looked super happy for me in a long, long time. But it is slowly becoming something, at least I hope so. If I come across this plant for sale again I might just buy a new one since its easier to grow healthy plants than wait for things to recover, but I don’t see it around often so I’ll work with this.

Some green gecko and nurii going on. Growing slowly but surely. I find crypts take a few months to get the ball rolling, but once they get rolling they are unstoppable forces….like Whitney’s Milktank (cool points for anyone who gets the reference)

Found more gold nessea (emersed grown) at my LFS…picked it up because mine seem to be stunted. Really, not realizing about my bulbs needing to be changed did a number on some of my plants…but they should bounce back in time.

Vietnam is doing well, Rotala macrandra is starting to do well (I always get a lot of melt when I first add it...hopefully this batch does well for me and I can propagate it myself. OTV if you are reading this, TELL ME YOUR SECRETS)

I like Madagascar Lace plant, but it does not like this tank, or this heat. I like to keep the tank closer to 76 degrees but with the summer its been higher than that which makes that plant angry. However, this Aponogeton should be better suited, and should look nice with the lace when that eventually comes back (the bulb is still there and healthy with new sprouts…its just being difficult)

Bought more of this too. Will be a good little weed once it gets going.

This was a surprise tbh. Pantanal is doing very well for me. Better than twisted and cuba so far, although I have fresh cuba elsewhere that I will transplant at some point in the next week or two. Got this from Joraan, and am very happy with the purchase.

I cut down all of my ludwiga’s though, because I feel that the best growth will come from the new growth in this tank, as opposed to how things where growing in other tanks that they where in before mine. Its all coming in slowly, the newer lights are helping though that’s for sure.

I still have some diatom issues though, but the added flow, and a little something else I’ll show, will make that a thing of the past soon enough.

Guys, what do you call a fish with no eyes?


I like cichlids. My cichlids like this tank. I am a happy person.

I like these, my mom doesn’t. She thinks they look drab…and compared to something like the EBJD or the Pearls she is right. But I like how the have complexity to their color, you have to look into it, and when you find it it is very nice. Might get 3 more of another variety though, as right now I’m at 4 of these, one of which is the dumpy one that, in terms of looks of the tank, doesn’t quiet count…it swims funny due to its body shape and probably should have been a cull earlier on. It also is having a fin problem so I’ll have to keep an eye on it. I hate to be that guy, but I might give it away to someone that would appreciate a fish with special needs more…but then again I might not, if he can keep up with the rest that’s fine but if not he will be rehomed.

Under rated gourami.

Seriously, these belong in every planted tank 55 gallons and over

I just like this shot. They haven’t been digging much and very few things get up rooted (well, new things get uprooted when they are planted in the corners of edges of the tank, but that’s expected with or without fish)

Dat fin

Hard to take a good picture of these guys…move too much.

Close enough

Baby delhezi Bichir. I got this little guy in china town…growing him out in my 10 gallon. Slowly but surely…he should be to size in a month or two…Got him mainly because my retropinnis is super shy and might like a friend more his species that isn’t as active as the sen. I might grab another ropefish at some point as well….but the single rope is actually doing very well so I might not.

Won these at an auction. 5 of them in fact, two growing out in my 10, three smaller ones growing out in my 5.5. Albino Blue Eye Bristlenose Plecos. These should put a nice dent in that GSA on the front glass and the detritus. They will go into the 75 once they are big enough where I feel the bichirs won’t try and be stupid.

In the 5.5…they will come with me to school as well and should be happy eating my algae in that tank for a few months or so. Then they can graduate to the 10 and then the 75.

His fins are starting to look nice. His color is very nice. Glad I got this guy when I did.

We where just talking about you. How’s it going dude? Good? That’s great.

The rope and Bichir like feeding time. They also have a soft spot for algae wafers….even though they are carnivorous (shrugs) Of course I feed them carnivorous foods as well but this works too.

That’s all for now. I just gotta keep dosing and feeding, and refill the co2. And for the grow outs….feeding and water changes will be my friend. Also, growing out some extra plants in there that are already in the 75…it’s a good strategy cause it helps me get more sideshoots of stems….keep the tops in the 75 to look good, keep the bottoms in the 10 to grow more sideshots that will become new tops. Works.
08-11-2013 10:57 PM
HybridHerp New bulbs....check
New plants...check
just did water change today so tank is cloudy as heck....check *sigh*

new pics tomorrow along with more of my rambling.
08-07-2013 01:11 AM
HybridHerp So in a few days I am going to be getting new bulbs (because I needed them), a 5K and a 6.5K that will be on for 8 hours or so, with another 6.5K and a pink grow bulb on for 4 hours.

Also going to be getting another korelia 750, as I am not a fan of my level of flow for this tank in some areas. Also, going to be buying excel and doing the one-two punch on this tank too....just to kill off the last of the BBA in the tank (its on the back glass and equipment....its a pain) and try and keep everything in this tank in check.

Slowly increasing my co2 levels as well.....things are progressing but very slowly.

I also want to pick up two rainbows, either same species or different (if different, might be three so its a male and two females), and am growing out a small delhezi bichir and two more small congo tetras (they were $5 why not?) that will be going in here....eventually I'll maybe pick up another rope fish as well......maybe an african knife.....maybe a bushynose or two to help with diatoms. I don't know exactly, those are all just ideas.

For now I'm good on plants....I'll try and get a few more species later on.
07-29-2013 10:25 PM
HybridHerp UGH, black ghost knifes frustrated me.

The little guy died on me . I guess he wasn't eating or whatnot for me, I had just bought live blackworms to give him to get him going, but I guess I was too late *sigh*

I might get another one, but I know that the better fish to get would be an brown ghost knife....not the african knife fish (it works, I've had it before, but I'm generally over that species), but the brown ghost knife, which stays smaller and might be a better idea for this tank....although from what I've been told on MFK a BGK still works, and if I can't find a brown ghost knife I might just get another black one....but idk.

I'm doing water changes tonight and going to trim and replant the tops of some of my stems, mainly that left side with the ludwigia. That way, I can just get the tops growing, and I'll put the bottoms in the grow out 10 to form sideshoots which I will then put into this tank.
07-29-2013 04:46 AM
Originally Posted by acitydweller View Post
If the Hydrotriche hottoniiflora is dropping needles, there's likely a deficiency. left alone for too long, it gets leggy and sparcely needled. iron and co2 help but to keep it happy, it loves light.
So far it has not been dropping needles, and its been growing pretty well for me, although I feel I could get it to grow more condensed as well, but I think my lighting is a bit....idk, its weird that my reds are not as red as they should be. I have 8 hours of a 10K and a 6.5K, and then 4 hours in the middle of a 6.5K and a pink grow bulb from catalina (all the lights are from them actually, I just forget the actual name of the thing....meh).

I might just have to replace the 10K and one of the 6.5K's though, as they are a little older than I'd prefer to run (I replaced the burst lighting so they are brand new....the other were originally on burst but it might be better to just replace them anyways)....I might keep the mix though as I like how the 10K brings out the greens in the plants and the blues in the fish....but I might replace the 6.5K with another plant grow bulb.....making my mix a 10K and a plant grow for 8 hours, and a 6.5K and a plant grow for 4 hours. Pending on how things do with those light times as well, I might bring it up to 9 and 5 and then maybe even 10 and 5....maybe.

And I just replenished my ferts so I have plenty of things to dose the tank with. I'm actually going to trim the stems down I think most of my stems still have a lot of their bottom growth being older I might just trim the bottoms, throw them into my holding tank, and keep the fresh new tops in here to allow everything to grow adjusted to this tank.

Also, it needs to cool down, my lace plants are not happy with this heat at all.
07-29-2013 04:39 AM
Originally Posted by Mizuhuman View Post
Goodness. that's a lot of variety of fish and plants in that tank. You are making me jealous.
How do you feed all of those fish? Do you have trouble feeding any particular fish like maybe the senegal?
Nope....only fish that I am having trouble feeding atm are the baby BGK that is alone in a 10 gallon (this one concerns me actually...not that I payed a lot for it, but it'd be nice for it to grow out, as it would work well in this tank for a while from what the knife fish people on MFK are telling me), oh, and my retropinnis, idk how its doing as far as food goes, as unlike my sen bichir and ropefish, he doesn't like to come out when I feed. Maybe he cruses around at night, idk.

I feed pretty heavily though, and while the congos and rainbows are pigs, the cichlids take a few seconds to realize there is food, so the congos gorge while the cichlids are just like whu?

The sen and rope both eat whatever sinks to the bottom, which is most of the food I feed, although when I throw in krill the sen has swam to the top and chilled there to grab and eat what he can (my endli did that all the time, oddly, and the sen picked that up from him).

I'm thinking about adding another rope fish or small upper jaw bichir....might get the retro to ease up and come out of hiding.
07-29-2013 12:35 AM
acitydweller If the Hydrotriche hottoniiflora is dropping needles, there's likely a deficiency. left alone for too long, it gets leggy and sparcely needled. iron and co2 help but to keep it happy, it loves light.
07-29-2013 12:24 AM
Mizuhuman Goodness. that's a lot of variety of fish and plants in that tank. You are making me jealous.
How do you feed all of those fish? Do you have trouble feeding any particular fish like maybe the senegal?
07-27-2013 01:59 AM

Will I ever take a straight full tank shot? Probably not. new plants in, courtesy of my friend and your friend, h4n.

New plant #1. A stem of emersed grown Rotala sp. 'Sunset'. I am soooooooo excited to see if I can get this plant to do well for me. It looks so sweet and it seems hard to come by. I'd love to get more of this out there.

What's this? Why, this is only my favorite Echinodorus variety ever. The Aflame Sword. Not much to look at now, but as it grows, its leafs grow in a deep wine red, almost black color. I had one before but lost it during the super storm. In a way, this tank is the combination of things I have lost throughout the years coming together to make one, awesome looking tank.

Aside from the epic close up on a Royal Farlowella, this right here is a small bit of Monte Carlo. I have more coming tomorrow from Tom Barr (I love group orders on expensive plants), and I'm hoping that, over time, I can get a nice patch of this stuff going. To me, it seems like the perfect blend of HC and Glosso, without any of the drawbacks.

Fish make it hard to get good plant pics. Aside from that though, I got some Rotala macrandra 'Japan Red', that I'm hoping will turn blood red for me in the coming weeks.

Anubias hostifolia is now on Wood #4. I'm also noticing that Red Cabomba is a great color indicator, as it is turing very, very green in this tank. I am playing with my photo period still, as my light is a 4x54W T5-HO fixture from catalina. Any advice on ideal lighting duration (I'm trying 8 hours now, with 4 hours in the middle of all 4 bulbs on) would be much obliged.

My crypts are starting to look better, as is the rose sword I hacked down. Not pictured though, as this new addition only got placed here this morning, is some Littorella uniflora that needs some recovering. I have it, currently, placed so that it can grow in-between my C. parva, as both seem to be slow growing plants and are both a very bright green color and small. Seemed like the best place to use this plant.

Nurii is looking good

Crummy pic, but my Lagenandhra is looking a little rough. Perhaps it is being restricted by the fishing line used to tie it down? I am unsure, but all I know is that I hope it bounces back, as I don't see this plant around ever and I want it to do well.

More alternanthera, because why not? It should look nice once it grows in.

The leopard val is spreading. Hopefully soon is starts coming in nice and thick.

Some small Pogostemon stellatus. This should like super, super nice once it gets going.

Mini Bolbits on Wood #5

A lot of the Windelov had came unattached (i have poor luck with super glue it seems) But eventually it should stay and take off on me, as regular java fern has in my 10.

I am debating if I like the order of ludwigia's as I have them, but I got in L. inclinata var. 'Twister'. Should look nice once it gets going, but I can't help thinking that having it right in front of the Cuba looks....weird. I might move the cuba behind the glandulousa, the rubin (which doesn't look very happy) and the atlantis, so that its (from the back) green (cuba), red (glandy, atlantis, rubin), green (twisted), red (L. senegalensis and possibly L. inclinata var. Pantanal when/if I get them). Then again, I might just keep the Twisted and Cuba shorter than the Rubin, Atlantis, and Glandy, and have the Sen and Pantanal in the front to make it Red, Green, Red. Idk


E. diversifolia is doing well despite being shoved into a corner under some wood. I also suck at cleaning the diatoms off the glass in this corner....meh

H. pinnatifida....hopefully it will do well, it seems to be very slow growing for me, but I have also been keeping it short.

N. micrantha needs to be used more. I like Red Tiger Lotus (hence why I have it) but this is soooo much cooler looking.

Don't worry, I still love you to.

I have a love/hate thing going on with this plant right now. This is the Hydrotriche hottoniiflora I originally thought was P. stellatus. Looks super pretty. Gets uprooted super easily. It has a very flimsy stem. Grows like a weed though. This and Blyxa tend to get uprooted a bit, not the fish, just because of how floaty they are as plants. Might also have to do with the fact I'm using Eco Complete.

T. ellioti is a big boy now (not really, but he can handle himself in here and is as big as the congos so he isn't becoming a meal for anyone). He has sweet fins, and as he gets older and bigger his colors should start coming in more. Already has a lot of blue speckling, and he is always out front and exploring.

You're so pretty but you move too much. Slow down please.

Australian Rainbows. Under rated. Not as flashy as say, Bosmani or those deep burgundy guys, but they have subtle intricacy that makes them so, so pretty. Its the details that make these pretty, and every day they are becoming more and more colorful.

Only things that are annoying me atm are the lack of red plants staying red (upped my co2 and my lights....going to play around with my dosing as well to get everything in balance properly) and my Retropinis bichir never comming out of his little hiding spot.....I see him, I can't get a good pic, I just want him to come out. I'm thinking of getting another rope, that might coax him along, or maybe another small upper jaw bichir. That remains to be seen.

Oh, not pictured for some reason, I got a small bit of Rotala mexicana var. Goias, and some Rotala sp. Bangledesh. Those should both be fun.
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