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Old 05-18-2013, 10:58 PM   #91
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The idea you set off for me: using Mangroves/training them.

Boraras could be a nice option for the tank. Maybe even H. formosa? They're the perfect size for this tank, though obviously not colorful.

Since Corydoras habrosus are so much fun to observe from above, they could be great for a shallow tank. But I suspect you could have the occasional carpet surfer until they get used to things.

Indostomus crocodilus are amazing little fish. I've always avoided them because I'm not a fan of always feeding live foods. DEFINITELY take lots of photos if that's the fish you go with.

Have you considered a pair of Dario dario?
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:25 AM   #92
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I had H. formosa in mind too. They could actually make a nice biotope represetnation along with the cypress and the Cephalanthus. But I think I will go with the Boraras because I have this local source.

I had dwarf cories in a small tank once and half of them jumped out. One of them landed right on the arm of the couch and stuck right there all dried up.

The I. crocodulis looks pretty cool.

I had considered Dario dario too, but I have kept those before.

Most mangroves will not work very well for bonsai; they have big leaves with long internodes, and they hate to be pruned. One exception that should make a nice mangrove bonsai is Conocarpus erectus buttonwood. If you look on ebay you can see sporadically find nice buttonwood pre-bonsai.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:28 AM   #93
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I think Boraras of any sort will look much nicer than H. formosa.

Think you could do way more than five, though.

Really looking forward to this.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:38 AM   #94
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I hope I can get those fish sometime early this coming week.

I intend to also add a couple of long slender curved manzanita branches to complete the scape.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:29 AM   #95
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I got another new plant in the mail last week. These are three bare root sapling of swamp rose (Rosa palustris). As I was explaining earlier, this is a northern rose and a temperate-zone plant, but I hope that it will work out in the riparium. I have seen a few cases of roses growing as houseplants, so they might not necessarily require a cold winter dormancy.

I planted this specimen in a riparium planter on Saturday and already the buds have started to open and I see new roots in the planter. This might be a pretty good plant to grow like riparium bonsai.

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Old 05-22-2013, 09:57 PM   #96
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Here's another shot a little bit closer to show the foliage textures.

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So very cool!
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So very cool!
Thanks Carole!

I might have fish for this setup tomorrow. I plan to go with seven Boraras and the I. crocodulis.

I removed most of the wire from the cypress and found that it had already assumed the wired shape. I might re-wire in a couple spots to make a couple more curves.
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What kind of Boraras are you getting? I have 20+ maculatus and those buggers are tiny! I just moved them from my six gallon to my 11.4 and they look lost in there!
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What kind of Boraras are you getting? I have 20+ maculatus and those buggers are tiny! I just moved them from my six gallon to my 11.4 and they look lost in there!
They are B. urophthamoides. This one is also very small, but with the substrate this tank has only about five gallons of water in it. I think that a light bioload is better and a half-dozen is about right. I might not even use a filter and just put a slow airstone in there instead.

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Where are you finding indostomus? Can't wait to see what you get. I finally saw chili rasboras for the first time the other day and boy are they tiny.
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Where are you finding indostomus? Can't wait to see what you get. I finally saw chili rasboras for the first time the other day and boy are they tiny.
Carole, Did I send you that guy's link? I think he might still have some Indostomus.

I got a new photo update for this tank. It looks a lot better against a dark background. I need to set it all all up for better photos. This is in part a piece of plywood with black paint and some Photoshop.



The Montezuma cypress tree is doing great!
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This is super excellent looking.

Bravo. You've got a bunch of people drooling, even if they won't admit to it. I know I am.
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This is super excellent looking.

Bravo. You've got a bunch of people drooling, even if they won't admit to it. I know I am.
It looks really good in-person too. I wish I had a good spot for it in our house somewhere, but there's not more room so I just have it in my basement shop for now.
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it looks great! are you going to add any fish to the tank?
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