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Old 03-06-2013, 09:11 PM   #736
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Here's the plant that I'm going to use as most of the background foliage in here as I start to redo this setup.

'Strawberries & Cream' is a fast grower! It looks real spindly when first planted, then it fills in with lots of new grass blades.

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Old 03-08-2013, 05:36 PM   #737
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That chip that I put in the tank top rim right in the front really bugs me. Last night I started emptying all the stones and gravel from the tank and tonight I'm going to finish spinning it around and setting everything up again. I have to paint the side facing forward right now with black paint, and strip the paint from the rear panel. This all takes a long time, but that chip has been driving me nuts.

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Old 03-08-2013, 06:59 PM   #738
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I know what you're saying. I used to be fine with power cords running from my lights down the back of my tank, but ever since a buddy of mine pointed them out, I can't see anything else. I'm currently having backgrounds made to hide the power cords from my lights.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #739
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I know what you're saying. I used to be fine with power cords running from my lights down the back of my tank, but ever since a buddy of mine pointed them out, I can't see anything else. I'm currently having backgrounds made to hide the power cords from my lights.
I was almost going to clean the tank out and redo the vertical silicone seams--they are looking pretty chewed up--but that would have left the tank unusable for more than a week with curing time and I didn't want to mess with all of that shuffling water and fish around.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:41 PM   #740
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Another quick tank picture...

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Old 03-08-2013, 09:51 PM   #741
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It'll look great once you get it done. Did you already move it and do the ol' "switcharoo"??
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:40 AM   #742
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I got the tank turned around last night. It took forever, but now that glass chip that was offending my sensibilities is out of sight. A 100% water change is good to do from time to time. I think the Fluval hadn't been cleaned in almost a year.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:15 PM   #743
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I was working on this some more the other night. (Still) in anticipation of the new fish I decided that I needed to have a more consistent fine gravel/coarse sand substrate, so I removed all of the old substrate, then screened out the larger gravel and mixed it with some sugar-size aragonite. I like the appearance.

I also tidied up the planting, but it will need some more time to grow in. I settled on the theme of using the Phalaris 'Strawberries & Cream' ribbon grass in several planters as the main background plant in combination with Ruellia, Asclepias and a couple other stem plants. There is also an Acrostichum leather fern in there. I need to add more trellis rafts with aluminum plant to better cover up the planters.

I removed the little group of Limia, so the underwater area looks pretty bare right now. The Cryptoheros and Synodontis are still in there, but hiding in the shadows in this shot.

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:51 AM   #744
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I scored a new plant to try out in this tank! If you click around and lots of searches you can find some pretty cool plants on ehbay. Hibiscus diversifolius is a real swamp plant from East Africa. I like the foliage and it has lemon yellow flowers. This 15" plant was just a few bucks. I hope that it will grow in here.

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Old 03-24-2013, 10:58 PM   #745
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I got new fish today and they are great!

I bought a colony of Julidichromis transcriptus "Pembe" that includes a bonded pair and seven juveniles. They are really attractive fish with charcoal black markings and iridescent blue highlights on the fins.

I'll try to get pictures later on. It's hard to get good fish shots in this tank.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:50 AM   #746
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i like the strawberries! cool looking grass plant
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:24 AM   #747
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i like the strawberries! cool looking grass plant
Once it gets rooted it grows really fast. You can almost hear it grow. If it gets too big or ratty you can also just cut it back down to the substrate and it will grow right back again.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:55 PM   #748
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Here's a quick fish shot. This is one of the J. transcriptus juvies that came with the group. They have such attractive markings. I really like the charcoal black color.

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:19 PM   #749
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really cool. i have a friend who isnt into plants, but loves his cichlids. gonna need to show him this thread.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:15 PM   #750
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really cool. i have a friend who isnt into plants, but loves his cichlids. gonna need to show him this thread.
Hey thanks. These new fish are really cool. I've never kept julies before.

Riparium plants can be a good option for growing plants with Rift Valley cichlids.
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