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Old 12-12-2012, 04:50 PM   #76
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I'd like to see some pics as well. Remember, we are first and foremost fish people. Aquascaping is cool and.all, but we're all fish folk at heart
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:25 PM   #77
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Oh, and um, grad students? Should we be calling you professor jake? Not that it matters, because i'll be calling you prof from now on.....lol
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:00 AM   #78
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I work with a few grad students on various projects. I am definately not their professor. Just a regular old teacher with some connections at the local college. I used to teach night classes there. Now I just help out some old friends from time to time.

I am no aquascaping master (duh, thats obvious) but a bare tank with 250 coho just didnt suit me that much. I am just changing the paradigm now and shifting my experiments to more of an observation standpoint. This will fit my hobby as well as my career lol. I am curious to see if the aelvin will prefer a certain sized substrate, flow rate, or if their habits and preferences will change will growth. I am gonna add some manzi and see if they take to it or just hold to the bottom. LOwer level stuff, but I could use the ease for this last semester.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:42 AM   #79
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Well I think the tank was finally ready to start planting. The silicone smell is almost completely non-existent. I decided to plant the terrestrials first and work on the water section over the next few days. Maybe a bad call since planting my aquatic section will now be even more tight than it should be. I am a bit worried about the plants. The pots are a bit small, I hope I wont run into much of a problem with them getting root bound. TIme will tell I guess.

Well, let me know what you think.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:55 PM   #80
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Very nice! I've always wondered about the root bound issues with the small pots that are typically included in these types of scapes. Seems like it could become an issue with some of them, while others like the fern may simply spread their rhizomes out over the background.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:04 PM   #81
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Very nice! I've always wondered about the root bound issues with the small pots that are typically included in these types of scapes. Seems like it could become an issue with some of them, while others like the fern may simply spread their rhizomes out over the background.
I've had roots push through the pots and into the foam!
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:59 AM   #82
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I've had roots push through the pots and into the foam!
I molded plastic pots into the tank to hold the plants. I didnt want any water draining into the aquatic section. we'll see how it goes. I have done this in the past and the plants lived well for 6 months or so before I had to change them. Thats about the time frame for a little overhaul anyways
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:07 AM   #83
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I planted the water section this afternoon and think I need some more crypts spread out along the edges. I know that the growth in this tank will be slow because of the cold water. Some plants may not make it I suppose and fail to acclimate. The newts spend a great deal of time walking around on the substrate so I think I'll give it a week or two before putting them in. Hopefully they'll root a little bit and be able to withstand the trampling.

Any suggestions would be welcomed. Water is super cloudy becasue of the planting in the sand. HOpe the 2213 eheim will clear it up over night.

I managed to keep the water movement to a minimum and wonder how the plants will do on the left side of the tank away from the out flow??
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:17 AM   #84
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WOW! 0.o
You have a gift! Your little guys are going to LOVE thier new home!
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:31 AM   #85
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WOW! 0.o
You have a gift! Your little guys are going to LOVE thier new home!
Wow, thank you so much for the kind words. I worked really hard on this one.

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Old 12-22-2012, 11:14 PM   #86
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I molded plastic pots into the tank to hold the plants. I didnt want any water draining into the aquatic section. we'll see how it goes. I have done this in the past and the plants lived well for 6 months or so before I had to change them. Thats about the time frame for a little overhaul anyways
It didn't seem to bother the plants, they were two years old and still growing when I tore it down
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:35 PM   #87
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It didn't seem to bother the plants, they were two years old and still growing when I tore it down
Well done, after 2 years! they were well taken care of thats for sure! I hope mine will bounce back, they're lookin a little droopy as of late. Darn acclimation and recovery after shocking the roots. thanks for lookin and chiming in. I fell better about the roots now.

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:26 AM   #88
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well the water cleared up a bit and the plants will hopfully take root soon. Cant wait to see the newts in their new home!
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:08 PM   #89
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well the water cleared up a bit and the plants will hopfully take root soon. Cant wait to see the newts in their new home!


Wow amazing ,that looks like a zoo exhibit.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:19 AM   #90
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that looks awesome Jake. Nce job!!! what's the treelike plant in the center/right?
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