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Old 01-24-2013, 03:10 AM   #91
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You can replant the stargrass, but it can tolerate some heavy hacking, which is much quicker and easier than replanting. Just a suggestion. If you're looking for something bright red colored, might I suggest rotala macrandra? I was actually thinking didiplis diandra might work in place of the stargrass as well. Mayaca fluviatilis might look good there if you're looking for a more wild/natural look.
Yup, R. macrandra should fit in this tank. Thanks for the suggestion Mayaca fluvatilis is a nice plant but I'm not sure the placement for it. At the center maybe?
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:21 PM   #92
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Yup, R. macrandra should fit in this tank. Thanks for the suggestion Mayaca fluvatilis is a nice plant but I'm not sure the placement for it. At the center maybe?
Hmm. Maybe mayaca fluviatilis behind the L. arcuata and kinda in that back left corner? Then maybe R. macrandra just to the right of the mayaca, kinda next to/behind the largest stone. Might make a nice focal point.

You can get mayaca fluviatilis to form somewhat of an unkempt-looking bush with repeated trimmings as well as planting 3 or 4 stems together (in the same hole), just make sure you keep up with ferts so the new growth after successive trimmings doesn't stunt. I've had it stunt when I've slacked on my dosing following heavy trimmings, then it takes it a couple weeks to get growing nicely again.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:52 AM   #93
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Alright, I just ordered all the plants I need. The plan now is to use Didiplis diandra as background plant and create slope from left to the middle at the point where Hemianthus glomeratus now. Then R. macrandra between the main stone and L. arcuata. M. fluvatilis will be placed behind L. arcuata. I also ordered Crypt wendtii. Maybe I will put it in front left of L. arcuata. Now I feel its going to get really crowded..
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:26 AM   #94
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Alright, time for UPDATE although I'm very lazy to do this LOL~

Anyway, it is already a week since I remove the stargrass and replace it with D. diandra. There are new shoots now and so far I'm very pleased with it.
Mayaca fluvatilis is still adapting. I still cannot see its impact to this layout but lets wait a little longer and see whether it really improve the layout.

I decided not to put Rotala macrandra because it's too big for this tank. Last time I saw this plant it was not that big. So I decide to let it grow in another tank first and see whether the new growth is smaller. But then I found a short stem of Althernanthera reineckii survived in that tank. I'm quite surprised to see it because I can't even remember when the last time I grow it.haha so I transfer it into this tank. Maybe it can be a suitable replacement to R. macrandra.

And I changed my ligthing to 16" Finnex RAY 2 (9W). All I want to say is that it is SUPER BRIGHT!hahaha I exaggerate a lot but this lighting is definitely brighter than my previous 27W compact fluorescent and cheaper too. Well done Finnex!

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Old 02-10-2013, 05:38 AM   #95
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you know... you could have the most butt ugly shrimp in the world in there and they would still look stunning in that tank. you have created a masterpiece....
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:11 PM   #96
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you know... you could have the most butt ugly shrimp in the world in there and they would still look stunning in that tank. you have created a masterpiece....
Thanks! I'm still trying to learn on how to improve the details though..
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:41 PM   #97
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That is one nice tank. Is that a Ray2 for your light? Also, what school do you go to in Roc? I graduated from RIT in 2009. You must be loving the snow up there :P
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Wow...looking better and better with each update...
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That is one nice tank. Is that a Ray2 for your light? Also, what school do you go to in Roc? I graduated from RIT in 2009. You must be loving the snow up there :P
Thank you! I'm in RIT and graduating this spring. Yup, snow here is awesome! currently enjoying the scenery after the Nemo came
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Wow...looking better and better with each update...
thanks! I'm enjoying this tank progress each day
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:28 PM   #101
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Bravo! this is definitely nature aquarium style!
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Thank you! I'm in RIT and graduating this spring. Yup, snow here is awesome! currently enjoying the scenery after the Nemo came
Awesome, have a garbage plate for me! I also miss the Ben and Jerry's in the SAU.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:12 PM   #103
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Awesome, have a garbage plate for me! I also miss the Ben and Jerry's in the SAU.
Already tried the garbage plate and will not do it anymore. Too much for me.haha
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:15 PM   #104
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Bravo! this is definitely nature aquarium style!
thank you As for me, it is an obligation to follow nature aquarium style when you use ADA tank.haha
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Simply incredible.
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