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Forum: Aquascaping 08-27-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 516
Posted By tomfromstlouis
One way to make the island look work is to have...

One way to make the island look work is to have the rocks tumble naturally into the "sea". What you show is a rock wall like a fortress whereas a more natural look would be to have the larger rocks...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-08-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Nice start. Expect algae battles in the...

Nice start.

Expect algae battles in the first six months, especially if your lighting is too much. Been there, done that.

The central valley theme would be enhanced with big swords or...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-02-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,454
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Before the leak: ...

Before the leak:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/SirDoofus/aquarium/tas31_zps3d4145c7.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/SirDoofus/aquarium/tas37_zps4d39e358.jpg

After the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-25-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 323
Posted By tomfromstlouis
When I was trying to understand why my 220g tank...

When I was trying to understand why my 220g tank leaked 200 gallons of water, one lfs owner asked me if it was level. Well, it was off by maybe 1/4" from one end to the other end 6' away, I admitted,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-22-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 285
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I cannot believe that you have any chance of...

I cannot believe that you have any chance of growing such a large plant in that tiny aquarium to the "mother plant" size needed to reproduce. Aside from flowering/seed reproduction I believe swords...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-20-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 775
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Okay, so the lesson here is that such a pool...

Okay, so the lesson here is that such a pool entails some thought and some work, just like a chlorinated pool or a koi pond. But the idea of stocking a pond, planting a marsh, and swimming with all...
Forum: Plants 06-10-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 287
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Okay, maybe they need a little more time to...

Okay, maybe they need a little more time to really get going.
Forum: Plants 06-06-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 287
Posted By tomfromstlouis
It is the balansae I am most concerned with....

It is the balansae I am most concerned with. Spiralis is going great. Shorter crypts like wendtii are also alive but not really prospering yet. The balansae is meant to be my background:
...
Forum: Plants 06-06-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 287
Posted By tomfromstlouis
crypts and water changes

We all know that crypts do not like change, so I am beginning to wonder if my pathetic crypt growth in my 220g with CO2 injection is because I change 30% of the water twice per week. I am dosing EI 4...
Forum: Fish 06-05-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,142
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Yes, new tank has CO2 injection. Thanks...

Yes, new tank has CO2 injection.

Thanks for the nice comments folks!
Forum: Fish 06-05-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,142
Posted By tomfromstlouis
They reside in tap water pH about 7.0,...

They reside in tap water pH about 7.0, temperature around 80F. These fish are now a bit larger than any P. scalare I have seen and they should get larger still, although I am beginning to doubt if...
Forum: Fish 06-05-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,142
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Well then, more photos! ...

Well then, more photos!

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/SirDoofus/aquarium/altumjun14_zpsbe651b8e.jpg
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Forum: Tank Journals 06-05-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 15,979
Posted By tomfromstlouis
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/SirDoofus/...

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/SirDoofus/aquarium/fts220apr14_zps5357ddbf.jpg

I can't say this is the look I am going for, but the plants have at least filled in some. the blyxa is...
Forum: Tank Journals 06-01-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,748
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Not me. In fact, I faced this very choice when I...

Not me. In fact, I faced this very choice when I set up my 220g (with altum angels, not discus) and I chose one school of 40+ rummies. They were awesome. Between watching one school of tetras and one...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-01-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Or, just do like the rest of us experimenting...

Or, just do like the rest of us experimenting types and just plant that sucker and grow some algae for while!

I wish that lighting was easier for me; things would have gone better faster. But,...
Forum: Tank Journals 06-01-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,748
Posted By tomfromstlouis
That's a pretty impressive polishing! Good...

That's a pretty impressive polishing!

Good idea to take a fresh look at the whole tank after a day or two away from it. Take your time and really get this part right; you will thank yourself...
Forum: Tank Journals 05-30-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,748
Posted By tomfromstlouis
This should be fun. What kind of flora and fauna...

This should be fun. What kind of flora and fauna you planning on putting in?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-26-2014, 01:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 417
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I am not sure if this is relevant - especially if...

I am not sure if this is relevant - especially if you follow the soak and dip routine - but oak is a species that has lots of acidic tannins in the wood. If the roots are aged or even beginning to...
Forum: Plants 05-23-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 206
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I am open to some foreground suggestions

My 220g tank is 30" tall and I would characterize the lighting at substrate as moderate intensity. I want something to stay fairly low, say 3-4" high tops, and not require regular mowing or pruning. ...
Forum: Aquascaping 05-21-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,289
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I've had luck with Echinodorus Vesuvius. With CO2...

I've had luck with Echinodorus Vesuvius. With CO2 mine gets 10" or more, has an awesome curly leaf, and sends runners out frequently. Okay, that's not a crypt. Tennelus is mid height too, right?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-20-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By tomfromstlouis
My first iteration of my 220g had the tank as...

My first iteration of my 220g had the tank as close to the wall as you suggest - I am also running two Eheim Pro 3 canisters - but when I was forced to start over I pulled it away from the wall 9". I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-20-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 761
Posted By tomfromstlouis
This. You cannot adopt only a portion of the...

This. You cannot adopt only a portion of the Walstad method (few water changes) without adopting the low population part too. You have way too many fish for a minimal water change regime.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-20-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,122
Posted By tomfromstlouis
+1 Do not rest until the tank is dead on...

+1

Do not rest until the tank is dead on level both before filling and after. Lauraleellbp's answer is the correct one. If the stand is stout enough you might be able to shim it alone, but...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-20-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,148
Posted By tomfromstlouis
We get these tall tank threads regularly it seems...

We get these tall tank threads regularly it seems and yes it takes some extra effort to reach stuff, but why does it always seem to fall to me to point out the benefits of a tall tank? :icon_roll
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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-20-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 909
Posted By tomfromstlouis
One final note: apparently tank warranties are...

One final note: apparently tank warranties are successfully limited to tank replacement. Imagine their cost if they weren't!

My property casualty insurance company (which paid over $6000 for...
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