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Old 01-29-2013, 05:23 AM   #451
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That tiger lotus is gorgeous.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:55 AM   #452
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Simply Awesome!
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:08 PM   #453
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Thanks guys! The Tiger Lotus goes through different periods, grows like crazy, then disappears, only to come back half a year later. The plant in the center is Crinum calamistratum. Sold a bunch of them daughter plants not so long ago.
I've got one in my 20 long as well as a bulb that has sprouted. they're a bit too big of a plant for what I have going, but they're gorgeous. looking forward to them filling out like this... and its good to know they like to disappear and come back
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:30 AM   #454
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Still looking great! I don't remember the Lotus in this tank. Great contrast to the greens!
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:39 PM   #455
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Good to see you around my friend! Yep, that Lotus showed up from almost nowhere, and now I have bunch of them trying to take over. The leaves are so beautiful, it hurts to rip them off, but what are you gonna do... they shade out everything below them. The Alternanthera that used to be the red spot in the tank is long gone.



Wanted to update you on how your fishies are doing... not bad! The Black Neons have grown, especially the girls get fat on a good diet of Cherry shrimp.



Really like the Glowlights, very pretty, and kinda funny when they chase one of their own through the whole tank until you think that poor dude is going to keel over, then they switch their roles and the hunted becomes the hunter.



The false flying fox...





And the Harlequins do well too.

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:49 PM   #456
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Any chance you'd be selling clippings in a couple months? Or have a current plant list?

I love this tank and would love to emulate it
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:40 PM   #457
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Sure... about half a bucket of plants goes on the compost heap every other week. Some, like the Crinum, are slow to multiply. Others, like the Lotus, don't ship well. But shoot me a pm when you are ready and I will hook you up.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:03 PM   #458
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your tank is incredible. I think the amount of patience you had planning everything out was well worth it. looking at your tank makes my 20 gallon look like a shame although i just got started. If you have any advice or cool plants you have found along the way please pass the infortmation on! Great job!
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Sure... about half a bucket of plants goes on the compost heap every other week. Some, like the Crinum, are slow to multiply. Others, like the Lotus, don't ship well. But shoot me a pm when you are ready and I will hook you up.
that would be excellent. I was wanting to go with a african (dwarf cichlid) biotope but I'm finding I don't enjoy working with anubias. Your tank caught both my eye and my wife's and I think something similar would make an excellent center piece to our basement.

I have two of those lotus' already, so no worries shipping them

your tank looks like a lush alien jungle, it's really awesome.
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:21 PM   #460
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Couple more fish pix... trying to figure out which framing looks best.



Just a simple black frame, with same gradual fade?



Or something more elaborate, with shadow and all?



Sprayed strokes?



Oh, fish, yeah... Guess why this one is so fat? Mid-sized Cherries nightmare! Although the lonely Black Skirt is even more gluttonous when it comes to shrimp.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:38 PM   #461
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Love this tank, very elegant. Is the depth hard to maintain at all?

The first frame is my fave, more emphasis on the fish, cleaner look.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:58 PM   #462
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Thanks rustbucket!

A 10 gallon tank is somewhat easier to maintain. I dimensioned this tank to be able to reach down all the way in front (tippy-toeing, when cleaning the front glass). To plant or un-plant further in the back or middle, I have to use a chair, and pull my sleeves up a bit. But no wet armpits. I guess long pincers/scissors would help, but I prefer to use fingers/fingernails for 'scaping.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:25 AM   #463
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Thanks guys, for taking the time to read through this adventure!

I am pretty stingy when it comes to camera lenses, my "kit" lenses do well enough for me. However, recently I splurged on a more expensive addition, and although it is probably the worst one for taking fish (and people!!) shots, I had to give it a try. Click on pic for best results.



What kind of fish is that??

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:13 PM   #464
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This is spooky, I'm involved in building a system that has some striking similarities and somehow I've totally missed this thread to date! Gonna go read it all now. Woohoo, my tank has a twin!
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is the dwarf red tiger lotus smaller? maybe u can use that in your 20 instead
it will eventually be in my 125, so it's not a big deal. the guy just like to grow huge pads and cover everything. just need to keep trimming at this point
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