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Old 03-20-2013, 06:14 PM   #16
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That light shield is a great idea! I have been waning one for my MH light as the "light spill" is right on my kitchen table. Not very relaxing if you ask me.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:51 PM   #17
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It's definitely an improvement. My only real complaint is that I think the fixture looks better without it. It's worth it, though, since that light is pretty intense.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:10 PM   #18
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:43 AM   #19
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The plants are filling in nicely.Click image for larger version

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Does anyone have any ideas for mid-ground plants? I like the way the light green stem plant is growing (Some kind of rotala I think), and the red plant is a nice contrast, but I think I want to replace the bunches on the front right and front left. I don't really know a lot of mid ground plants that work well in high light tanks. The anubias are growing great, but as expected they are picking up a little algae. Same for the crypts. Should I just add more riccia rocks?
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:48 AM   #20
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Very nice! Those reds are amazing!
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:10 PM   #21
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Thanks! I looked up my old plant order, and the red plant is Alternanthera Reineckii (Telanthera Rosefolia)
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:22 PM   #22
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Added small lights under my cabinet today. I chose these little battery powered fluorescents so that I would add more cords. I think battery should be fine since I will only need them on for a few minutes at a time.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-30-2013, 09:05 PM   #23
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Finally got around to securing my CO2 cylinder. I used a Velcro strap from Home Depot, and a flattened out metal hose strap to hold the Velcro to the cabinet.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-30-2013, 10:14 PM   #24
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tank is looking great loving the mixture of red and green plants
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:28 AM   #25
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Here's the tank after a pretty big trim. I was getting some BBA on the anubiases (plural anubias?), so I moved them to shadier spots. The riccia balls are doing great, but I really need to trim them.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-31-2013, 12:37 AM   #26
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Beautiful tank, maybe some dwarf hydrocotyle would look nice as a change of texture? It would also serve to soften the edges, and the base of the driftwood.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:37 AM   #27
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I like the idea of dwarf hydrocotyle. I have never had that before, though. Do you think it would be hard to keep from mixing too much with the HC? It's still pretty sparse, but there is an HC carpet forming.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:44 AM   #28
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It is a fast grower, but just do some regular trimming of where you want it to end, and re-plant the trimmings. You really can't kill this plant, and I like how it looks. You can check out how I use it in my 55.

Also, it is not really too invasive, I would be more worried about it mixing with stems, HC should be fine it it is low enough
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:43 PM   #29
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Well, the two angels in my tank have paired up and spawned! Here are some picks of the Anubias Frazeri that they have made into a nursery. I don't know if this batch is fertile, and if it is, I may try to move the leaf into my 29 gallon hospital tank to try to raise the fry.
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you might try some elatine triandra, has very vibrant green coloring, low growing, but if left will grow over itself maybe 4 inches up, then move the rotala to the mid-rear. heres a pic from my tank.
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