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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-11-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 816
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: 1,174
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: 129
Views: 17,350
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: 537
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: 612
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: 129
Views: 17,350
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: 141
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: 1,174
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: 1,174
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: 36
Views: 2,384
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: 4
Views: 299
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: 1,174
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: 133
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: 4
Views: 299
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: 1,174
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.

...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-29-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,174
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Mountainpool: I was hoping for that kind of...

Mountainpool: I was hoping for that kind of effect from the balansae, and still hope for it. I too prefer the old look and may revert if my crypts continue to lose leaves as fast as they grow new...
Forum: Tank Journals 10-24-2014, 01:07 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 17,350
Posted By tomfromstlouis
There is a discussion about the big tank's scape...

There is a discussion about the big tank's scape here (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?p=6862850#post6862850) which includes the photos below.

Before a trim:
...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-24-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,174
Posted By tomfromstlouis
Here are recent photos. Let's continue the...

Here are recent photos. Let's continue the discussion from here.

First, what it looked like before the trim after reading your comments:
...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-23-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,174
Posted By tomfromstlouis
I have blyxa, E. spiralis (which would take over...

I have blyxa, E. spiralis (which would take over the tank if I let it), C. balansae (which I wish would take over), E. Vesuvius, java fern, and Isoetes, which makes six grassy looking plants. The...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-22-2014, 12:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,174
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, 08:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,174
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, 07:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 439
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, 02:48 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 24,919
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, 02:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 957
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, 07:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 439
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...
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