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Forum: Tank Journals 01-23-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 21,479
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, 07:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 424
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, 07:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 698
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, 07:31 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 18,238
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, 07:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,409
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, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
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, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
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, 03:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Mosses grow slowly and fit that look perfectly.

Mosses grow slowly and fit that look perfectly.
Forum: Plants 12-04-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 477
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, 05:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,131
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.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-11-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 912
Posted By tomfromstlouis
The rule is pretty simple: if you are generally...

The rule is pretty simple: if you are generally not involved and not specifically invited to help with something, then you can look but not touch.

Our hobby takes time and special knowledge if...
Forum: Aquascaping 11-07-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,316
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Thanks Fishly. I do not mind you using the...

Thanks Fishly. I do not mind you using the photos. I like the ceiling effect of letting the lotus grow, don't you? I will keep it in check so the sword gets its share of light though.

A slope...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-06-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 18,238
Posted By tomfromstlouis
The vertical lines are on purpose. Angels look...

The vertical lines are on purpose. Angels look good that way IMO.

Fauna: 10 altum angels, 3 pearl gouramis, dozens of male endlers, ~ 5 green cories, a few otos, a number of amano shrimp and...
Forum: Aquascaping 11-06-2014, 03:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Hmmm. I am just spouting what occurs to me as I...

Hmmm. I am just spouting what occurs to me as I look at the photo.

Weak bones. There is almost no hardscape or focal point. The wood is almost more like another plant. I like strong rock and/or...
Forum: Aquascaping 11-06-2014, 03:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 723
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Not sure if I like this idea if you are going to...

Not sure if I like this idea if you are going to plant root intensive plants. Large roots would get entwined and not allow you to move anything. Looks like a pretty good idea if this does not apply...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-06-2014, 03:28 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 18,238
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Many plants removed, many simply moved. A few mid...

Many plants removed, many simply moved. A few mid ground crypts added.

FTS:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/SirDoofus/aquarium/220fts1114_zpsd7b88a1c.jpg

This photo really flattens...
Forum: Plants 11-06-2014, 02:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 181
Posted By tomfromstlouis
how big is your red rubin sword?

Mine has moderately high lighting, CO2 injection and regular ferts including root tabs. How tall will it get?
Forum: Aquascaping 11-06-2014, 02:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,316
Posted By tomfromstlouis
FTS: ...

FTS:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w188/SirDoofus/aquarium/220fts1114_zpsd7b88a1c.jpg

The photo really flattens the third dimension, so here is the left side from the end of the tank:
...
Forum: Aquascaping 11-05-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,316
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I am not trying to mimic any particular tank. I...

I am not trying to mimic any particular tank. I like and want the vertical balansae background (currently sputtering), the gnarly driftwood with moss (coming in okay), a sword plant (going...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-05-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,722
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Tanks like this can really look terrific, but...

Tanks like this can really look terrific, but they are high maintenance. If you are going to travel a lot or be intermittent with your attention then consider slower growing plants. I sure do like...
Forum: Plants 11-05-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 477
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I dose Plantex CSM+B, KNO3, and KH2PO4, all from...

I dose Plantex CSM+B, KNO3, and KH2PO4, all from AquariumFertilizer.com, plus Osmocote root tabs. The root tabs do not seem to help much so I have upped my insertion rate. New rule: stick a root tab...
Forum: Aquascaping 11-05-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,316
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Just an example. Fresh photo coming soon, keeping...

Just an example. Fresh photo coming soon, keeping the vertical.
Forum: Plants 10-30-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Looks more like a java fern than a moss, but...

Looks more like a java fern than a moss, but either way I am guessing the translucent plant is toast.
Forum: Plants 10-30-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 477
Posted By tomfromstlouis
balansae

What's the most leaves you get on a single C. balansae plant? Mine seem to max out around 4 or so, with an older leaf "wearing out" as new ones come in. I try to remove leaves with damage or broken...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-29-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,316
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Fishly: These are the ones that blend a...

Fishly:

These are the ones that blend a dense complex look to keep the viewer interested with enough clarity that the composition makes sense.

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