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Forum: Plants 04-17-2015, 06:58 AM
Replies: 16
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Posted By tomfromstlouis
Here's one from January: ...

Here's one from January:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/SirDoofus/aquarium/220fts115c_zpsc308b90f.jpg

Flow is good. One big canister shoots across the top (from right to left), the...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 11:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 693
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I doubt that is it Monsterfish. There is some...

I doubt that is it Monsterfish. There is some Blyxa japonica in there and their roots seem fairly minor. The root systems on these 220g crypts are poor compared to the ones in the 75g; just...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 693
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I think that one is C. undulata. The...

I think that one is C. undulata.

The lighting is 220 watts over 75g and only 18" deep, so it has been high enough for almost anything I try in there.

As mentioned above, I just changed...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 693
Posted By tomfromstlouis
These have been in place over a year. I know...

These have been in place over a year. I know about the slow start but they just never kicked in, unlike the ones in the 75g.

Here is a snapshot of two in the 220g:
...
Forum: Plants 04-16-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 693
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I neglected to mention that I only began...

I neglected to mention that I only began inserting root tabs in the 220g when the crypts were doing very poorly and looked like they needed more nutrients. They still look that way which is why I...
Forum: Plants 04-15-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 693
Posted By tomfromstlouis
when crypts don't do well

My big 220g tank has consistently failed to grow cryptocorynes very well. I now have a number of wendtii, willisii and crispatula 'balansae' in there and they survive at best. I believe I have...
Forum: Aquascaping 04-02-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 300
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I would try to simplify a bit: larger patches of...

I would try to simplify a bit: larger patches of fewer species of plants. I like vals, so I would remove the tall leafy plants in front of them. You have lots of background, a few midground plants...
Forum: Aquascaping 04-02-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 893
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Yeah, I'd like to see those two pieces back to...

Yeah, I'd like to see those two pieces back to back, or somehow looking like one bigger piece in the center.

I think as it is two is not the right number of pieces. "One" or three or more might...
Forum: Plants 03-24-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 222
Posted By tomfromstlouis
tiger lily bloom

This has been posted before on this forum, but not by me. I let my tiger lily dominate the surface of my 220g tank, covering maybe 2/3 of the 6' x 2' surface. This shaded everything and caused other...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-24-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 20,013
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I have always been able to grow plants in the 75g...

I have always been able to grow plants in the 75g (in contrast to the 220g), and except for some bba, treating the 75g like a farm tank has worked out. Recently I just planted species I wanted to...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-10-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 20,013
Posted By tomfromstlouis
<sigh> Turns out I am going to get a...

<sigh>

Turns out I am going to get a third crack at making a scape for the big tank since I am losing the office lease and moving to another location. I will put up some photos of what it looks...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-26-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 28,226
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I think we are due for an update. Can't wait to...

I think we are due for an update. Can't wait to see how it evolved!
Forum: Tank Journals 02-26-2015, 03:56 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 25,795
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Yeah, I like how this is coming together. Still...

Yeah, I like how this is coming together. Still love those congos too.

I am sorry to say it appears your photography skills are no better than mine. :icon_frow
Forum: Plants 02-12-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By tomfromstlouis
A flame thrower will remove all planaria. ...

A flame thrower will remove all planaria.

:)
Forum: Plants 02-12-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 199
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Why "control" the roots? It is a large plant...

Why "control" the roots? It is a large plant requiring a large tank to look its best. I have two in a 75g tank, and it is probably one too many.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-12-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By tomfromstlouis
If for some reason your tanks tend to become...

If for some reason your tanks tend to become unbalanced (figure out why), and if water changes are the answer anyway, simply give your sitter water change instructions: how often and how much. Keep...
Forum: Aquascaping 02-06-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,383
Posted By tomfromstlouis
If those rocks are limestone or concrete then...

If those rocks are limestone or concrete then monitor your pH closely. Or only put in fish that like the alkalinity.
Forum: Aquascaping 02-05-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,383
Posted By tomfromstlouis
PLUS: Interesting rocks, plants placed...

PLUS:

Interesting rocks, plants placed appropriately, nice looking fish.

MINUS:

Not sure those rocks aren't limestone (water hardeners). Not sure about the empty beach look; kind of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-02-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By tomfromstlouis
A local club guy (who knows way more about this...

A local club guy (who knows way more about this hobby than anyone I know) sells flake food and recommends that it be stored in the freezer once opened. Something about the fats degrading over a few...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-27-2015, 05:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,735
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Not sure which plant you mean; from the right...

Not sure which plant you mean; from the right there is E. vesuvius, two red tiger lotus coming out of the red rubin sword , then the Taiwan lily.
Forum: Tank Journals 01-27-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 20,013
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I removed all of the C. spiralis I had. It became...

I removed all of the C. spiralis I had. It became a bit aggressive and was not completely the look I wanted. I planted a crinum calamistratum which might become a second focal point/background for...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-26-2015, 11:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,735
Posted By tomfromstlouis
My journal has more complete photos, but I...

My journal has more complete photos, but I thought I'd update this thread with the progress so far. I extended the foreground across the entire tank and deepened it in the center, giving the...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-26-2015, 11:47 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 20,013
Posted By tomfromstlouis
The Crypt 'balansae' continues to fade away and I...

The Crypt 'balansae' continues to fade away and I have given up on it as a background. I extended the foreground Marsilea quadrifolia across the entire width of the tank and deepened it in the...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-23-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 25,795
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Love this tank. Love this journal. I...

Love this tank. Love this journal.

I really liked the old look and look forward to this one maturing. I think we both are experiencing that it takes significant time to reboot a look in a...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-23-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 605
Posted By tomfromstlouis
So what? Originality is very difficult and...

So what? Originality is very difficult and mimicking a favorite design would be better than most people end up with, myself included.

I like a mountain scape, whether with rock or wood. If an...
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