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Forum: Aquascaping Yesterday, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 244
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 Yesterday, 02:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,021
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 Yesterday, 01:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,021
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: 1,021
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: 1,021
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: 1,021
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: 21
Views: 1,454
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: 3
Views: 218
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: 555
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: 1,021
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: 10
Views: 583
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: 406
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: 1,500
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: 346
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: 294
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: 828
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: 301
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: 301
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: 301
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: 1,175
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: 1,175
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: 1,175
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: 16,227
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: 3,897
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: 390
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,...
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