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Old 04-16-2013, 01:50 PM   #31
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Wooohoo 40B approved!


My tank is beginning to look like a jungle. The only fish I can usually see are the rummy nose tetras and saes.

Any suggestions on what I could do? Maybe pull out one of the amazon swords?

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Old 04-16-2013, 05:21 PM   #32
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Lol. yep. Time to cut those swords back. You can remove most of the leaves and the plant will be just fine. Taking one or two out might leave you with a big, gaping hole in the scape, so you might just want to consider removing the longest leaves.

The big ones are blocking a ton of light anyway. The lower leaves might look pale or yellow by comparison, but they'll improve with more direct light.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:31 AM   #33
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Ok thanks I think I'll try taking a few of the leaves off first. Most of the bigger leaves are the newer ones that have grown out from the center of the plant. Will it be ok to pick those off?
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:58 PM   #34
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I've pinched or cut off the middle leaves before, and the plant never seemed to care, in my experience.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:54 PM   #35
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Pulled off a bunch of leaves. They were huge!

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Old 04-19-2013, 12:50 PM   #36
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Even after trimming the amazon swords they were still a bit too big for the tank, so I decided to replace them. Went to lfs and picked up some pennywort, dwarf amazon swords, and hygrophila corymbosa compact.

I didn't pull out the smaller amazon sword on the center, but I may once the newer plants take root. Also, I may need to do a bit more re-scaping. The side that was shaded by the swords didn't grow so well.

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I potted one of the amazon swords that I pulled out and placed it in my turtle tank. Not sure it it will survive or not, but my turtle has never had any interest in the few leaves that I throw in every so often.

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:45 PM   #37
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The lfs had a 50% off sale on some plants so I picked up this spiral plant thingy. I really need to remember to write down the names of the plants I buy when I'm at the lfs. Lol

Anyone know what this is?
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:30 PM   #38
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Honestly, I have no idea what it's called, but it sure looks cool.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:31 AM   #39
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I love my 40b but sometimes that 18" height really gets ya. Loving your tank!
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:56 AM   #40
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I love my 40b but sometimes that 18" height really gets ya. Loving your tank!
Thanks! I'm almost wanting to pull out the vallisneria too, but think i'll keep to feed my turtle for now.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:08 PM   #41
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Pulling out 3 big sword plants at one time really threw my tank balance out of whack. I think my fish didn't like all the extra co2. They were always hiding and a few of my rummies seemed to be breathing heavily.

So, I went low tech. I raised the lights by about 4", put in an airstone, and stopped the DIY co2. Also, I got rid if the spray bar and set it up Amano style. Seems to have a nice circular current now. I even had to turn down the output some because it was so strong. Fish look to be a lot happier now.

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Old 05-08-2013, 04:25 PM   #42
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great I love your scape and I love the fact you've only used a few different types of plants rather than having 20 different types of plants
great and good luck
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:15 PM   #43
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great I love your scape and I love the fact you've only used a few different types of plants rather than having 20 different types of plants
great and good luck
Thanks

I got some new fish!

A pair of dwarf gourami and 3 apistogramma.


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Old 05-11-2013, 05:09 PM   #44
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Those are not Apistogramma, but rams, anyway the tank looks great and so do the fish
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:47 PM   #45
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Those are not Apistogramma, but rams, anyway the tank looks great and so do the fish
Thanks that's what I thought. They were labeled as apistos at the lfs.
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