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07-27-2004 08:58 PM
pixelcrayon since you asked, ill post pictures ASAP. need to borrow my brother's digital camera.
07-27-2004 02:57 PM
Overfloater any updates?
05-12-2004 06:19 PM
pixelcrayon im leaning towards getting rid of the swords. maybe when i get more vertical growth, ill make the move.

you have my word that i'll pass on the clippings on to someone else!!

thanks again for the plants and advice!!
05-12-2004 03:30 PM
eds My skills at aquascaping are essentially nonexistent, but since you brought up the swords, I have to say those were the addition that caused the above post. They completely changed you tank. Not necessarily for the better or worse, but what a difference from before!

In my opinion, they are a little too big and bold. They very much obscure the rear curtain wall of vals. I just don't find them to be all that interesting of plants that they add anything to your layout. And, to risk being really anal, the light green leaves sort of clash with the darker greens and reds in the rest of your plants. I think you could get better light green/yellow accents from your stargrass and other smaller plants, rather than the huge leaves of the swords.

Also, the way the two of them are placed they kind of look like bookends. A fact that is accentuated by the centered pyramidal shape of your log. I think it would look better with only one of them. Not sure which.

And yes, I do rock!

(Honestly - talk about win/win situations. Most of the plants I gave pix had been given to me earlier. Heck, it took me maybe 5 minutes to do some trimming that I needed to do anyhow, and pix even came to my workplace to pick them up. I think any credit goes to this forum for making such contacts possible. Like I said, pay me by growing healthy plants and then at some later date helping out someone else who is starting off in this hobby.

I can easily pull that much material out of my low-tech 30g every couple of weeks. You have NO IDEA what kinda growth you are in for with your set up. It's gonna be fun!)
05-12-2004 02:55 PM
SCMurphy My favorite part of a new tank is watching everything fill in. Enjoy it while you can.
05-12-2004 02:46 PM
pixelcrayon thanks ed!! im extremely flattered!! let me first say that ED ROCKS!! i meet him up yesterday and he gave my a big baggie of goodies. in the bag were: java fern, 2 very nice crypt wendtii bronze, red hygro, ludwigia brevipes , ludwigia palustris , parrot's feather, giant hygro, bacopa, marselia quadrifolia, pennywort. all the plants very healthy and generous portions. i literally opened the bag and said, "HOLY $%!#!!" the greatest part about it was i constantly offered to pay him but he wouldnt accept. i even offered him some of my anubius and vals and he wouldnt take it. thanks again!!

as for my tank and where i see it going, to be really honest, im not really sure. im just excited right now that i have plants growing. i thought i had a aquascape in mind when i first started, but when i actually put some plants in there and see the size ration of plants to driftwood and tank size, it just didnt make anymore sense. i think im also in that stage where you know something doesnt belong in your tank but your just excited its growing so you just leave in there. i think im just growing plants and seeing which plants i can grow really well and design from there. any advice or opinions is greatly appreciated!!

here are some random thoughts and maybe you guys can help me plan better:

* im waiting for the micro chain swords to grow in. theyre starting to take off. i think its because they were grow emerged that took them a while to get going. i think having the grassy foreground will compliment the vals in the background. itll help balance the tank visually.

* i initially wanted glosso to grow in the foreground to give the tank i more "manicured" look but that didnt go so well. so i went with the mocro swords.

* im also liking the stargrass. it grows great in my tank and it can be the plant that brings the foreground and background together even more. the problem is trying not to use it too much.

* i really dont have an opinion of the 2 swords. some days i like it and other days im not sure about them. when i first got them, i was surprised to see how big they were. but then i started to like them cause they helped fill my tank out. what do you guys think??

* im also like the driftwood slightly cover yet exposed. it gives the tank a sense of mystery.
05-12-2004 01:00 PM
eds I can't believe I'm such a loser that I was actually thinking about your tank while walking to work this a.m.!

Wondering if you could put into words where you see your tank going.

In the first few pics, you had a beautiful, yet spare - almost stark - aquascape. The long grassy foliage along the back wall and the annubias throughout the middle and front highlighted that awesome stump and several rocks.

Now, you have added swords, ludwigia, and stargrass, and have removed the rocks. The result is very attractive - yet quite different. And I gave you some clippings that will undoubtedly take you further from your original spare aquascape.

I'm wondering if you have really thought out how you would like this tank to end up and, if so, if you would be so kind as to share it with us. Personally, I have found it easy to fall into the trap of simply desiring more and healthier plants, without giving enough thought to the overall aquascape. More is not always better. One thing I was thinking is that in your initial posts, you were infatuated with your piece of wood. But as you add more plants, the wood will assume a much less dominant role.

I am sure you will understand that this is in no way intended as a criticism of your beautiful tank. Just trying to spur a conversation.
05-10-2004 02:02 PM
pixelcrayon thanks mike. im not really sure what the red plant is?? i purchased it at the LFS and it didnt have a label. i asked the person at the store but i forgot what he said. ill post a pic and maybe someone can help me identify it.
05-08-2004 12:37 AM
Momotaro Well done!

I can't wait to see that Anubias in a couple of months! It is going to look great! I also like the placement of the Stargrass. That is also going to look amazing as it grows in. The Vals were a great background choice.

What is the red plant?

05-07-2004 06:32 PM
pixelcrayon thanks unirdna!! thanks george!! your compliements means a lot to me especially cause you guys have such amazing tanks!!
05-07-2004 04:32 PM
George Willms That is a nice piece o driftwood! The tank is coming along very nicely.
05-07-2004 04:14 PM
unirdna I don't think I've every seen a better centerpiece. That driftwood is perfect for your tank. When the foreground grows in, and hides the contact area between the wood and the gravel, the 'natural' effect will be stunning.
05-07-2004 01:48 PM
pixelcrayon thanks messy. just waiting "patiently" for the foreground to come in.
05-06-2004 10:55 PM
secretagent I LOVE IT!!! :shock: Its my inspiration!!! Im still looking at it with nothing else to say but I want my tank to look like yours!
05-06-2004 07:51 PM
pixelcrayon Here are some updated pics:

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