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Old 06-11-2013, 04:29 PM   #46
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:48 PM   #47
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great scape!
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:30 AM   #48
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I am not sure if the scape is goon to stay, it was done somewhat haphazardly and I really want some rock towards the back with the driftwood over the top.

The biotope idea might not really work as I would like more plants than pennywort and cabomba. http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/a...D526DAA1FF.mp4

You can see the shimmer nicely in this video.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:05 AM   #49
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:42 AM   #50
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New configuration. Going to add a couple dozen stones of various sizes toward the bottom of the manzanita.

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Old 06-17-2013, 05:01 AM   #51
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This is my planned stock list.

5 Geophagus Redhead Tapajos
5 Silver Angels
8 Panda Corys
5 Bristenose Plecos
50 Rummynose Plecos
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:49 AM   #52
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I found someone that was selling some bushynose on Craigslist. He had 35 1" or so reg and albinos that he gave to for $40. The plan is to keep these guys in here until they are bigger and I can get some nice trade value for them to try to get some of the other stocking that I am looking to do. I figure after a couple of months, I should e able to sell these for $3-4, or get about the same in store credit if anyone will take sole of them. I think I would like to keep to 5 fish at adult size, but keep breeding and selling...
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:26 AM   #53
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New scape. I didn't collect enough rock, so I will be adding some more for the driftwood to rest on throughout the bottom of the tank.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:56 AM   #54
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I really like this hardscape.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:02 PM   #55
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Coming together really nicely, I agree it could use a couple more rocks. I do really like the rocks you've chosen though, they go nicely with the wood imo.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:31 AM   #56
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Yeah, I want to get quite a bit more rock in there. I just wanted to see what the stone looked like against the sand and the driftwood before I dragged a bunch more back to my house.

Here is a shot of what the tank looks like in the room. Driftwood is still leaching quite a bit of tannins despite several 75% water changes over the past 2 weeks or so..

Bushynose are doing well so far. Lost one due to getting stuck in the overflow box. Should be getting some painted fire reds that I will try to get going in this tank. Since my livestock purchases are far down the road, I want to see if I can get a nice prolific colony going so that when I do introduce the angels and geo's they can maintain a healthy population despite some definite casualties. With the amount of rock and how densely I am going to plant, there should be plenty of hiding spots.

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Old 06-24-2013, 03:51 AM   #57
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Well, Russell, I think that it looks wonderful. In fact, if ou are going for a true biotope, you may want to consider leaving the tannins "in" and adding some black water extract or perhaps some oak leaves, etc.? Maybe some E. tennelus, though that might be tricky to do with the Geo's. Maybe a random Amazon Sword or two coming up between a few rocks instead?

Anyhow, I think it looks great! You did a fantastic job with the hardscape.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:56 AM   #58
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Well, Russell, I think that it looks wonderful. In fact, if ou are going for a true biotope, you may want to consider leaving the tannins "in" and adding some black water extract or perhaps some oak leaves, etc.? Maybe some E. tennelus, though that might be tricky to do with the Geo's. Maybe a random Amazon Sword or two coming up between a few rocks instead?

Anyhow, I think it looks great! You did a fantastic job with the hardscape.
I am dropping the biotope idea... I am going to load this thing with Anubis and needle leaf java fern and crypts, maybe some e. tenellus as well.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:11 PM   #59
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This is my planned stock list.

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5 Bristenose Plecos
50 Rummynose Plecos
Tank and scape looks great! But as for your plans for fauna... 55 plecos makes for a lot of $#!+ lol.

Just kidding =D
I do like the oak leaf/dye idea as well. I've seen some great scapes that utilized that.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:14 PM   #60
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Tank and scape looks great! But as for your plans for fauna... 55 plecos makes for a lot of $#!+ lol.

Just kidding =D
I do like the oak leaf/dye idea as well. I've seen some great scapes that utilized that.
These guys are tiny..but they still do poop a TON. Baffling really...I will be pulling the majority of them at some point, couple of months from now...
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