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04-14-2014 01:02 AM
Getcusome looks great!! other half's wood was awesome, just maybe shifted away from center. or chop it up and stack. just throwing out ideas. or i'll take the wood! otherwise the growth and plant placement is really well done.
04-13-2014 08:36 AM
lamiskool peninsula esk scapes are fairly easy to do and make it great at viewing from three angles!
04-13-2014 02:29 AM
sadchevy I got wood!!!!!!!!! I also trimmed and replanted, added 3 pearl gouramis. In addition to the work on the 125g, I setup a new 75g in the kitchen as sort of a room divider. It's going to be a challenge to come up with a pleasing scape viewable from three sides.
02-15-2014 03:37 PM
sadchevy The tanks community hasn't grown much. Last added was a chocolate BN.

as of now the list looks like this:
1-GBR male
4-Bolivian (males I think)
4-Phantom tetras all males (looking to get a dozen females)
4-peppered corys
2-bronze corys
12-14- cherry barbs (2 males 12 females)

As for the stem growth, it's been a trim and replant thing. I only have basically 2 stem types in there and both are easy to work with. I wish my cabomba would have done better as it made a good contrast with leaf shapes. The S.Repens has done exceptionally well, as has the A.Reineckii. My crypta are spreading slow but steady.
02-15-2014 03:32 PM
horsedude Looks really good! I think with more of a thicker background and middle ground it should look awesome!
good luck...
02-15-2014 03:30 PM
KatherineL It looks really nice. Love your curtain of stems there. Can't believe you got enough growth to cover the back of the entire 125 without co2!

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02-15-2014 03:22 PM
rustbucket wow its looking nice!!!
No suggestions really, except keep trimming and filling in, and add more fish?? LOL I only see about 3, you ram is a beauty though
02-15-2014 01:58 PM
sadchevy Well it's been a couple months since I updated this.Tank is filling in nicely. Any suggestions?
12-08-2013 03:39 PM
sadchevy Everything is going good. S.Repens growing well. Added some A.Reineckii. Tank is filling in nicely. still looking for just the right piece or pieces of wood to finish it off.
10-16-2013 10:28 PM
sadchevy Just a quickie until pics. Algae is all but gone, plants growing great, duckweed is rockin. Added a dozen cherry barbs and started some S.Repens. Will get pics up soon and thanks for looking.
09-30-2013 01:19 AM
sadchevy Just finished a small trim. Everything is doing good, staghorn algae is almost gone.
09-22-2013 05:21 PM
sadchevy I need to take some updated pictures today and post. The tank is looking great. All plants are growing at a steady rate. Crypts look great and are spreading but are staying low. Rotala and ludwigia are probably due for a trim. Watersrite and wisteria are starting to take off. Lillies are throwing leaves constantly, need to trim off some of the floating leaves.
I have kind of let the tank do it's thing and the results are positive for the most part. I have been battling staghorn algae, it's not bad but it is annoying. Would love to know a better way of getting rid of it, manual removal works but is lots of work.
Overall I am happy with the way it's going. The setup has worked well enough that I have changed the substrate in my 75g and replanted it also. Will most likely change over the 55g too.
09-02-2013 02:25 PM
sadchevy update: all seems to be going well....been staying on top of a black hair algae problem. Toothbrush trick works well for the longer strands, but the shorter stuff growing on my chain sword and some of the plant leaves is tougher to remove. Thinking about changing my light schedule when I can remember how to reset my timer LOL. A. crispus? flowered!!! Crypts sending out new leaves. Lillies doing great. Some side shots jut to be different.
08-29-2013 02:40 PM
rustbucket Really coming along.

I like your fish suggestions, and if I could add my two cents, I would add no more or only one or two more species. I love all my fish, but being my first big tank I felt like I needed so many different fish, and now I am wishing I had just kept it simple.

The other mistake I made was putting fast eating and slow eating fish together, what a headache when your afraid some of the fish may starve, so watch for that.
08-29-2013 03:08 AM
angelcraze
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I do have a question for the shrimp keepers. With STS my waters Kh has more than likely dropped to next to nil and the Ph is at or near 6.4, Gh has remained fairly constant in the moderately hard range, would this work for ghost shrimp? I ask because I would like to get something in the tank to help with cleanup. There are a few pond snails in the tank that seem to be healthy and happy.
Just to let you know, I have this problem too, softish water/low KH. I have to run crushed coral in my filters, (I add a bit to bags of cut pantyhose) and adjust accordingly to keep my KH ideally at at least 3 for a low tech tank with no CO2 and slightly acidic water loving fish. For shrimp, you could go even higher, I do keep shrimp, but not an expert, I do know that keeping an aquarium with nil KH is opening it up to too much ph swing. I ran into this problem first hand.
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