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Forum: Plants 03-24-2015, 04:59 PM
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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: 138
Views: 19,611
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: 138
Views: 19,611
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: 27,757
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: 130
Views: 24,610
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: 175
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: 176
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: 283
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: 1,294
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: 1,294
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: 373
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: 1,698
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: 138
Views: 19,611
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: 1,698
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: 138
Views: 19,611
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: 130
Views: 24,610
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: 578
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...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-23-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,687
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I like the job you did on both structures. They...

I like the job you did on both structures. They look interesting and natural, not an easy combination. I agree that the one on the right is too forward and in your face. The fix might be as easy as...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-22-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 19,611
Posted By tomfromstlouis
The lily pads viewed from below are tiger lily....

The lily pads viewed from below are tiger lily. The Taiwan lily are the bright green leaves that once dominated the look and that will be doing so again as I shift to plants that grow well and away...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-13-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,569
Posted By tomfromstlouis
That is a beautiful group of fish you have. Looks...

That is a beautiful group of fish you have. Looks fairly crowded; tell us about your water change regime.
Forum: Plants 12-29-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I understand what you have said, but how tall can...

I understand what you have said, but how tall can they get and still be bushy? Have you ever let them grow up?
Forum: Plants 12-29-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By tomfromstlouis
how tall does blyxa japonica get?

I see from the plant profiles here and elsewhere that blyxa japonica gets from 4-6" tall, but this is clearly hooey since I have a glorious patch right now that stands 10" tall and remember having...
Forum: Aquascaping 12-10-2014, 02:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Mosses grow slowly and fit that look perfectly.

Mosses grow slowly and fit that look perfectly.
Forum: Plants 12-04-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Okay, I am bumping this thread up since my...

Okay, I am bumping this thread up since my problem persists. What is happening is that every plant loses its most mature leaves. New leaves do come in but the overall effect is still rather bare....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-26-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,248
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I have bylxa japonica in my 220g and it takes...

I have bylxa japonica in my 220g and it takes constant replanting to stay a foreground plant. It is a stem plant that will reach up and make a mid-ground or even a background for you.
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