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Forum: Aquascaping 10-21-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By tomfromstlouis
Okay, I guess my words are as muddled as my...

Okay, I guess my words are as muddled as my scape. At least I am consistent.

My turn for an analogy (or whatever this diversion is). I have experience woodworking. I am not suggesting that this is...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-21-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 246
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Clarity v. Complexity

I want both clarity AND complexity in my aquascape composition. While I like iwagumi scapes, I suspect their unvarying purity (i.e. lack of visual complexity, especially over time) would bore me....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-21-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 363
Posted By tomfromstlouis
You can buy tank bred angels with wild parents -...

You can buy tank bred angels with wild parents - so called F1s or F2s - and I would recommend that over importing. Peruvians, Manacupuru, (rarely altums) etc. : there are lots of choices.

The...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-18-2014, 01:48 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 24,257
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I love that tangle of wood on the right! It...

I love that tangle of wood on the right!

It sounds like you will be continuing with lots of stem plants, eh? I kind of find that an awesome hardscape like yours leaves to few spots for planting,...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-18-2014, 01:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 801
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I like the idea but confess that with all those...

I like the idea but confess that with all those roots showing and adding shrimp before the tank cycles I can see you are taking a loose devil-may-care approach that makes me nervous. Consider dosing...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-17-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 363
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Angels come in many different varieties. I am...

Angels come in many different varieties. I am partial to wilds/silvers, but that should not influence you at all. My only advise is to pick one variety and stick with it. Mixing lots of different...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-16-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 999
Posted By tomfromstlouis
OK then, a comment: You are going about...

OK then, a comment:

You are going about this correctly. Personally I never cared much for cholla wood and as a result none of your designs appeal to me. Cholla does not look natural so trying...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-12-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 622
Posted By tomfromstlouis
My head started spinning trying to add up your...

My head started spinning trying to add up your stocking list. If you feel like it is overstocked, then it probably is. If so, less feeding and more water changes would be suggested. =Perpetual more...
Forum: Aquascaping 09-30-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I think a centerpiece plant like an amazon sword...

I think a centerpiece plant like an amazon sword or crinum calamistratum could anchor the right side very nicely. This would give that side the same gravitas you have with the wood on the left. I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-30-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,190
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I think it is common of manufactured stands to...

I think it is common of manufactured stands to rely on plywood on edge for the support. As long as it stays on edge (i.e. is prevented from buckling) it should be strong enough.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-30-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,190
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Shims are the answer. Estimate where and how much...

Shims are the answer. Estimate where and how much you need and put them in place. Set the stand in place and use a bubble level to see how good it is. Adjust as necessary. You can probably get away...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-29-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,190
Posted By tomfromstlouis
It is true that fish store employees often pass...

It is true that fish store employees often pass on half truths. Heck, so do we all if you get right down to it. So we must judge the wisdom by the person and this person is someone who KNOWS more...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-29-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,190
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Excellent work. Looks good from here. Now just...

Excellent work. Looks good from here. Now just tack some trim over those ugly plywood edges and paint to match your stand!



My LFS owner's first question when I told him about my leak was "Was...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-27-2014, 02:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,190
Posted By tomfromstlouis
You are either distracted by the wedding...

You are either distracted by the wedding (congrats!), or simply are not good at listening.

THE STAND MUST BE FLAT AND LEVEL UNDER THE TANK before filling. There cannot be room for a business card...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-24-2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,709
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Fissidens is such a beautiful moss and your tank...

Fissidens is such a beautiful moss and your tank is the best way to show it, nothing but fissidens!

Dang man, get some shrimp or micro fish in there and you have something to park in front of!...
Forum: Aquascaping 09-23-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I find it useful to work out the hardscape...

I find it useful to work out the hardscape outside of the tank first. For example, lay out a piece of cardboard or newspaper the size of the tank footprint and play around arranging your wood and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-23-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 616
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I suspect that many smaller branches CAN work,...

I suspect that many smaller branches CAN work, but here they do not. You are trying to capture an interesting vignette - a piece of the natural world - so the arrangement of branches might work best...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-15-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,190
Posted By tomfromstlouis
You want the stand to be dead flat under the tank...

You want the stand to be dead flat under the tank before filling. Check that, you NEED the stand to be dead flat under the tank.

My LFS owner claims that every tank leak story he hears confirms...
Forum: Aquascaping 08-27-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 999
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: 413
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: 1,531
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: 354
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: 300
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: 849
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: 312
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Okay, maybe they need a little more time to...

Okay, maybe they need a little more time to really get going.
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