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Old 05-23-2013, 08:46 AM   #31
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OVT's 30g Shallow Cube Riparium --> A Bunch of Fibs and Honest Lies


Well, friend, it's all your fault: I started looking for this tank once I saw yours
Stay tuned, I am planting atm. I cannot fit in all the plants I want...

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Old 05-23-2013, 01:56 PM   #32
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Default Initial Planting

While waiting for the reparium stuff to arrive, I did preliminary planting to get the feel for the tank. That C. Parva is indeed tiny, I might have to rethink the front a bit. The back is pretty packed. I feel like I am already running out of space and I still have a ton of other plants that I wanted to put here.

Some re-positioning will be in order, depending on how high the Parviflorus parviflorus 'Tropica' and C. wendtii v. Tropica will grow in this tank. Hopefully they will stay close to the ground.

This is where I ended 2 days ago:



5/23/2013:

FTS: still pretty cloudy



Point of view (front):



Point of view (corner):



Back:



Back Point of View:



I really like how Bacopa australis stands out:



Right front corner:



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Old 05-23-2013, 02:17 PM   #33
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Default OVT's 30g Shallow Cube Riparium --> Initial Planting

My thoughts are that it is overplanted. I think this would look neat with more substrate showing. Kinda like a real riverbed.

Still looks good, just a thought.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:26 PM   #34
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It does feel a bit over-planted. Will take me several days to see what I like and what stays, what goes.
Trade you plants for moss?
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Default OVT's 30g Shallow Cube Riparium --> Initial Planting

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It does feel a bit over-planted. Will take me several days to see what I like and what stays, what goes.
Trade you plants for moss?
Haha I don't have much spare moss right now. And I've got a few people who would also like a trade. I'll keep you in mind when I do my next trim ^^. Some mini Xmas moss patches would look pretty incredible here.

I'm a pretty low stocking planter and low stocking fauna person, so I don't actually need too many more plants, although your collection is quite impressive lol.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:34 PM   #36
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Default Re: OVT's 30g Shallow Cube Riparium --> Initial Planting

Looking very nice. your right I do need to fly you down to scape my tank haha

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Old 05-23-2013, 02:43 PM   #37
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I'm a pretty low stocking planter and low stocking fauna person
I do tend to dump in as many plants as I can when I start a tank... and then spend years trying to thin it out.

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Looking very nice. your right I do need to fly you down to scape my tank haha
On my way. Get the Master Bedroom ready and don't forget the steaks for the pup. I do assume open bar?
I might stop at Frank's and pull some of his crypts on the way home.
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Default Additional plant inventory

I still have suitable plants that did not make it into the tank.
I do really welcome critique and advise. Thank you in advance.

Alternanthera Reinekii
A. barteri v. barteri
A. barteri v. nana
C. nurii
C. "Green Gecko"
C. crispatula var. balansae
C. pontederifolia
C. Cryptocoryne wendtii (green and red)
Clinopodium Brownei
E. 'Vesuvius'
Ludwigia repens x arcuata
Star Grass
Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Hydrocotyle Sp. Japan
Hygrophila angustifolia
Java Fern (regular, narrow, and needle)
Italian Vals
Banana Plant
Rotala 'Bangladesh'

Hm...
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On my way. Get the Master Bedroom ready and don't forget the steaks for the pup. I do assume open bar?
I might stop at Frank's and pull some of his crypts on the way home.
Oohh wwee that escalated quickly I do have some really good centinial Mexican tequila haha

In regards to the plants, not sure you could really add much more without taking some out first... Hrm

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I'm loving these shallow planted tanks and yours sir is no exception. I'm going to have one custom made for a family member.

Btw, what fauna are you planning on putting in there?
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:08 PM   #41
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Well, friend, it's all your fault: I started looking for this tank once I saw yours
Stay tuned, I am planting atm. I cannot fit in all the plants I want...

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too funny! Mine is in DSM with HC right now while I'm on travels. Hoping to get mine flooded again in the next month.

Best of luck!
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Looks great. Wish I knew they had this size before I bought my 12 long.
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Wow, awesome tank! Love how it is coming along.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:15 AM   #44
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I will move the fish I have in the 10g this tank is replacing:

2 mated pairs of GBR
7 Sparkling Gouramies
20 Pygmy corrys

I also have 3 whiptail cats that could use a new home.

Eventually, might add a dozen Ammanos and maybe Ember tetras. That should be a full house
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Awesome livestock plan.
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