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Old 09-08-2010, 09:37 PM   #16
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Very awesome! I like it! I like the man's hat!
Thanks! I wasn't sure it would work because the top of his head isn't very rough... But its totally attached, and once the rhizome grows thick enough it will fuse with the rock!

I cant wait for that last rubberband to snap... But I promised I would wait till it did on its own. The other 2 already rotted and snapped!

Thats all NEW growth on his head as I started pruning the Java Fern early. That stuff could grow dry, in a microwave set on high... Once it gets full sized and the leaves get a few more inches of height I think it will look great! The tanks only 3 months old. I want a HUGE full native head dress!
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:58 PM   #17
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I realized all the photos were older so heres shots today, crappy phone, CO2 bubbles EVERYWHERE (thats not algae on the front!)- in the water column cause Im running the power head method until I get serious about setting up multiple diffusors- ie Im lazy.

NONE of the Anubias have been trimmed much since purchase- but thats because I WANT algae to gow on the leaves so I can establish the proper cleaning crew. Once I see the algae disappear- I begin heavy pruning.

This is just prior to me doing that pruning of all questionable leaves, but Im still waiting for more root development.

If I do it right, then all new growth is algae free and the cherry shrimp population will assist in that ebb and flow. They are the best thing thats happened to planted tanks since amanos and ottos!

But honestly thats the trick to jumpstarting a tank IMHO. Crank the lights, let the algae cover everything, then start adding ottos, shrimp, plecos and SAEs. BTW- theres not one snail in my tank... I check everything like a freakin lice check!

Left Side-

Notice the freshwater clam- the blurry brown thing at the bottom in the gully... Hes got a full BEARD of algae around his siphon- looks awesome! I have two. Both crazy healthy! The other is buried. This side is where the Khulis live- all 14- in that rock (psuedo trunk) along the far left wall.

Middle-

There is a 3 inch gully around the statue. Planting the petite caused the island to become undefined. Once the roots take, Ill tighten it back up.

Right Side-

A better shot to see how much rock there really is. Plus you can see the stepping and the coffeefolia planted in the crevaces. Just the dark rock in the back under the power head weighs 40lbs...

The rocks in front are literally against the glass(plexi) and they are the barriers for the hill. The HUGE stumps in the back are pressed flush (relatively) to the back wall. In an earthquake- this section wont budge! Rock front to back, side to side... Though that one up top by the nana falls over ANYWAY... But the rest will stay!
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:09 PM   #18
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Default Bearded Clam

Had to get a better shot of the super rare bearded clam... That algae on him grows ONLY on him!


I keep waiting for my LFS to get more! That mid level section the clam is in is intended to hold like 6! Had to put them there so they wouldn't burrow and get smashed...
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:52 PM   #19
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you have a nice system going there. No water changer, algae to a minimal and clams survive. Those things are supposed to be hard to keep.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:54 PM   #20
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you have a nice system going there. No water changer, algae to a minimal and clams survive. Those things are supposed to be hard to keep.
Thanks!

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Old 09-09-2010, 12:47 AM   #21
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i like it...nice concept with the LEDs
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very nice work with the scape. usualy these things are kinda cheesy but you pulled it off with some great work
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:09 AM   #23
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Wow....just......wow.
Love it. And super low maintenance to boot.
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:13 AM   #24
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i like it...nice concept with the LEDs
Thanks! Its caused wayyyyy less problems than it could have!

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very nice work with the scape. usualy these things are kinda cheesy but you pulled it off with some great work
Absolutely agree! Ive NEVER liked non nature stuff in the aquarium but when I was in college a friend had a bust we called "Black Jesus". It was a BEAUTIFUL african bust carving in a blueish stone where the chisels made white hair and beard... It was also, until the one you see here, the ONLY thing man made I ever wanted to center a tank around.

Im glad its working so far! I tried to stay VERY tasteful and cheese free!

Ive never had a tank with anything like that in it before. And the Java Fern really ties it together!!!
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:17 AM   #25
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This tank is awesome.
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Realy cool scape. Now thats thinking outside the box.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:30 AM   #27
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I love the tank, it has such a great look to it. I hope you stick around on this forum so we can see it grown in some more. I just wanted to know how are you planting your anubias? Thread? Glue? Or something else?
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Inspiring work -- thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:38 PM   #29
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I love the tank, it has such a great look to it. I hope you stick around on this forum so we can see it grown in some more. I just wanted to know how are you planting your anubias? Thread? Glue? Or something else?
Thanks! All this positive feedback is really cool guys!

The Anubias is just inserted in crevaces or roots stuck in the dense sand. One is tied to a piece of driftwood with fishing line (I didn't have any thread at the time) and the Java Fern was just 3 rubberbands.

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Old 09-09-2010, 05:07 PM   #30
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heres a link to the first one like this- no bust.

Its a video of a video (ghetto digital conversion) so be forgiving but you can still see the point! Its that old LOL!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj9tp-EbSfQ

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