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Old 01-15-2013, 06:20 AM   #16
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New plants from Barthog. Also update on the amaryllis.


Yah, this is tall.....I need to keep this watered more, but it seems to like being watered with old tank water, which is fine by me :P


Full tank shot, with ALL of the plants. Let me show what the current list of fish and plants are. Not sure how many other plants I will cram into here, but I will update as that all goes on.

Current Fish:
Corydoras pygmaeus – “Pygmy Cory” x12
Otocinclus sp. – “Oto” x3
Neocaridina heteropoda – “Blue Velvet Rili” x Alot
Physa sp. – “Pond Snail” x Alot
Planorbis rubrum – “Ramshorn Snail” x Alot

My plants...
Foreground:
Echinodorus parviflorus – “Tropica Sword”
Lobelia cardinalis – “Dwarf Cardinal” (NEW)
Ranunculus inundatus (NEW)
Sagittaria subulata - “Dwarf Sag”
Egeria najas – “Narrow Leaf Elodea”
Cryptocoryne wendtii - “Red/Brown Crypt”
Cabomba caroliniana – “Green Cabomba”
Cabomba pulcherrima – “Purple Cabomba” (NEW)
Cabomba furcata - “Red Cabomba”
Nymphaea zenkeri - “Red Tiger Lotus”
Ludwigia inclinata var. Tornado (NEW)
Ludwigia sp. ‘Atlantis’ (NEW)
Driftwood:
Microsorum pteropus – “Java Fern”

As you can see, I got some new additions, which really seem to fill in the tank nicely. Of course, I need all the stems to straighten out, and I should give everything a good trim so that it can all grow more compact for this tank, but that will happen later.


My Ranunculus, kinda messy looking, but I will trim it down and all once it is established. Looking at this though, I'm somewhat afraid it is going to try and take over the tank lol. Its a bit bigger than I thought it'd be butI'm happy with it. If I end up needing to thin this, I'm sure my 75 would appreciate having this as a foreground or something.


Little Lobelia. I've never had luck with cardinal plant before, but I've also never tried it in a dirted hi-tech tank before either. I feel like I should move this up a bit, but its probably fine where it is now. I really like the small leafs and everything, it looks nice and should grow nicely for me too.


So here is my L. 'Atlantis'. I kind of want to see if I can get this to grow more compact with smaller sized leafs, cause it is a very pretty plant. I know in my 5.5 I have L. 'Red' growing very small leafs but also growing very compact under similar kind of lighting, so I think it can be done. I need to trim some of my crypt leafs as well, or just let the Atlantis grow thick enough to make it look better :P. I might just cut back the crypt though, cause I'd like more room for stems if possible. Behind the Atlantis is a stem of L. 'Tornado', which I plan on cutting and propagating a lot of. If I can as well, I'd love to get some of it into my 75, once I have enough to satisfy my desires for this tank :P


A better shot of the L. inclinata var. 'Tornado'


Its a little hard to tell the Purple from the Green. The Red is kinda looking....bleh though, but maybe it will boost up with co2. I'm hoping that the Purple gets its color in, cause right now it looks a lot like the green, but with less compact growth and different looking leaf shapes (though its very subtle).


And one last shot of everything that is chilling under the little driftwood awning.

More to come in a few days
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:47 PM   #17
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Btw, based on my full tank shot, is my drop checker positioned currently or should it be higher?

The diffuser is going to be on the left side, but I figure it'd be better to measure the co2 away from where it is directly coming from, so that I know its spread well throughout the tank and all.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:39 PM   #18
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Update later tonight, got MORE plants (and might hook up co2, or at least have everything ready so that I can just turn it on once I am ready on the other tank too).
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:20 PM   #19
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I'll update this later....and my 75 journal. Been re-ocupied with co2 issues so these updates have sort of taken the back burner of everything.
Also, I won't be updating this terribly often since I'm going back to school sunday, but I will update every time I sporadically decide to come home.
I should have a temporary fix for my co2 problems before I leave though, I think...
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:06 AM   #20
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Before saying anything....WHAT IS THIS?
As I believe I've mentioned before, this tank is a dirted tank, and I used a bit of topsoil to get it started, alongside organic potting soil. I guess there were some earthworms in the topsoil, but I thought I got them all out. Only thing I can think of is that some eggs hatched or something. However, what I find odd is the fact that this thing could live underwater....since this has been set up like this since december...and I found this in mid january.......

Anyways, onto the tank itself :P


I forget what's been added since my last update (these pics are everything I have up until the present from whenever my last update was) so I'll just post the stocklist again.


Current Fish/Inverts
• Corydoras pygmaeus – “Pygmy Cory” x12
• Otocinclus sp. – “Oto” x3
• Neocaridina heteropoda – “Blue Velvet Rili” x#
• Physa sp. – “Pond Snail” x#
• Planorbis rubrum – “Ramshorn Snail” x#
Current Plants
o Foreground
• Hemianthus callitrichoides- “Dwarf Baby Tears”
• Hydrocotyle tripartita – “H. ‘Japan’”
• Lobelia cardinalis – “Dwarf Cardinal”
• Echinodorus parviflorus – “Tropica Sword”
• Rotala sp. ‘Pearl’
• Ammania sp. ‘Bonsai’
o Mid-ground
• Rotala sp. ‘Colorata’
• Sagittaria subulata - “Dwarf Sag”
• Ludwigia sp. ‘Atlantis’
• Egeria najas – “Narrow Leaf Elodea”
o Background
• Cryptocoryne wendtii - “Red/Brown Crypt”
• Rotala sp. ‘Mini Butterfly’
• Cabomba caroliniana – “Green Cabomba”
• Cabomba furcata - “Red Cabomba”
• Nymphaea zenkeri - “Red Tiger Lotus”
• Ludwigia inclinata var. ‘Tornado’
o None Substrate
• Hardscape
 Lagenandra meeboldii ‘Pink’ (Until it is big enough to put in 75 or sell)
 Microsorum pteropus – “Java Fern”
 Vesicularia montagnie – “Xmas Moss”removed
 Subwassertang sp. – “Round Pellia”


This showcases the one problem i have with E. najas.....its such a weed and it gets everywhere....in under a week a single stem reaches more than halfway across the tank. It also does not like to branch out unless it is really long....as shown in later pics I'm going to try and tame this beast and keep it towards the back behind the driftwood where it can do w/e it pleases.


The cabomba had to be trimmed badly...that was even BEFORE I got my co2 running....I'm going to probably end up replacing it mostly with L. 'tornado' or something else....preferably something bushy that doesn't grow super fast. The pelia looks a little silly, but I'm hoping I can get it to cover that rock fully....and maybe even eventually get it on the big rock behind that one as well. L. Atlantis is, of course, not wanting to grow straight....but man that thing stems hard for me in this tank....I'm going to have plenty of this plant around :P


Running co2 (finally). I might eventually get a different diffuser, but this is fine for now. That R. colorata is going to grow massive though, since a ton of bubbles are going directly onto this plant.....I guess that's a good thing though lol. If it grows to quickly for my liking, I'll try and replace it with R. sunset (because at least if I have that growing out of my ears I can probably find more people interested in it)


HC going to eventually start spreading. I couldn't really bother with a dry start, but I feel like it will still do well since I started with submersed plants anyways. Also, the dwarf cardinal plant seems to be doing fine. Going to get that growing nice and bushy soon I hope :P


All the Atlantis offshoots.


I like my otocinclus. But I need more....5 more would be nice :P. Although, I might just also put these 3 in my 5.5 and get some hillstream loaches for this tank instead...besides, that 5.5 has a lot of hair algae that I think the oto's might like (and I'd LOVE to get rid of)


Blue Velvet shrimp :P Getting a single berried female seems to have paid off, cause now I have a good number of these guys chillin in this tank :P. I should get more though, just for genetic diversity, and I might also wanna get a second shrimp species breeding in here as well, maybe CRS. Also, R. Butterfly should prove to be a nice plant, seems to like branching out for me as well....we shall see what this does for me.


This is where more recent stuff comes in. Looks more or less the same, but trimmed up a bit.


Moved that almond leaf off of my R. pearl and A. bonsai. Gotta let these propegate more and get a nice row of both going on. Probably going to let these move in on where the E. najas is now and move the E. najas towards the back more.


Oh hi L. atlantis offshoots. You seem to be doing swell.


Pretty much the same as the pic of this area before.


Who was interested in L. meeboldi 'Pink'? I took this bit off from the main plant in my 75 and am letting it grow up a bit in this tank since I can get it to stay more in one place than I can in my 75. From what I can tell, this plant should be a relatively quick grower, and it gets BIG. I'm definitely looking forwards to spreading this plant throughout this forum :P


My crypts are doing too well in this tank. I think I need to start thinning this out lol. This is what dirt lets you do for your plants :P I'm not even dosing anything yet on this tank.....doesn't really look like I need to lol


I cut this in half so I now have 2 stems. I hope it branches out for me and propagates well....cause I would LOVE to make a jungle out of this plant. Bonus points if it gets red tops too. When I first say this plant online, I thought it was bleh, but now that I have it myself, it does look pretty sweet. Definitely a great plant for filling in spaces with condense thick leafs.

I still gotta deal with fish for this tank, but I'm back at school now, so that will have to wait until the spring. Hopefully I can visit frank's aquarium and get some sweet nano fish :P. And hopefully I can pay for said fish via selling plants from this tank and my other tanks haha.

I'm going to replace the check valves on my co2 system as well, since I got atomic check valves from GLA recently. I also want to refill the bubble counter, since it now has water in it since it came in from the tank after the mineral oil got blown into the tank -_-

I'll keep you guys posted on this tanks progress. Hopefully this will look nicer once I can start trimming this tank up.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:58 AM   #21
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I'll get a few pics up later.

Twisted kinda gave up on me though, but my other plants......I have a before and after trim pic that is pretty nice.

Once the weather gets warmer I might try my hand at shipping and selling some plants from this tank (stuff in my 75 still needs some growing before I wanna touch it and get rid of things)
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:56 PM   #22
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Derp, I forgot to take more recent pics, but this is the tank as I came home to it on friday, before I trimmed things and moved some stuff around and took some stuff out.


FTS. Why hello there L. Atlantis. Was not expecting you to be quiet this weedy lol. I love it :P


I'd say before the trim that this was about 50% of the tanks plantlife....


Considering I could never get L. repens to work for me....honestly is there even a need to have that? This plant is possibly one of my new favorites now.

I need to get some pics of what it looks like post trim.
One thing to note though, is that I don't think my livestock took too well to a few things, cause atm idk what is still alive aside from snails and maybe some shrimp *sigh*
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this tank looks awesome. very very nice!
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I think I need to move my atlantis back in this tank, because whenever I come come back to it after not being around for 2 weeks, its shaded like, 3/4's of my tank lol.

Will probably move this back and them trim the crypts in this tank, then have Twisted in front of it (I need twisted though since my single stem did not fare well for me )
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I'll be home with this tank in another week, so hopefully getting more plants and actually having fish in here at some point, which would be fantastic :P

Kind of afraid of what this thing will look like since it'd have gone 4 weeks without any trimming or anything O.o

Guess that will mean there will be some plants I'm sending around lol
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I have before and after pics of the trim, and I also got a few fish, so pics in a day or so.

Also, was nice being able to send the trimmings to h4n for a few things :P. I guess at this rate, I should have a relatively constant supply of L. 'Atlantis' and E. najas, among some other things.

Also, I should probably start thinking about dosing this tank, I've gotten pretty far without dosing (I believe due to the dirted substrate) but I shouldn't rely on that, as my 5.5 is now teaching me.
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It is GREEN!

How come Han gets EVERYTHING? He is taking over TPT...
Next trim, I demand my share


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It is GREEN!

How come Han gets EVERYTHING? He is taking over TPT...
Next trim, I demand my share


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I get to see this tank again this weekend, and really get to focus on the tanks again in another two weeks or so when I'm done with finals.

Then I should probably actually start dosing this tank with ferts, since I think I've been letting the dirt do it all alone for a little too long :P

And get more than a pair of guppies and a few ottos going.....just maybe.
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