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Old 07-26-2013, 02:41 AM   #46
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"guilty" asking before googling*
Can I keep shrimp... Or am I not set up for them, and/or are my current choices incompatible?
I love clean up fish and have never used shrimp
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:49 AM   #47
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*another question... I'm using 50/50 RO water. 50% true RO and 50% with an in line waterhose filter water softener for water changes.... Would baking soda for kh, calcium carbonate and magnesium sulfate for regulated hardness and montmorillonite clay for minerals be advisable additives.. If so, how much or how little of each?
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:07 AM   #48
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Fresh pics... Few more plants..
You can see the Co2 micro bubbles blowing around... I have to turn my air bubbler on and off... If I leave it off too long the fish start piping at the top... Also, algae has just begun to arrive.. I imagine once the plants settle in and my five apple snails get to work,, the algae thing will be taken care of... Nothing fancy, just normal green algae.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:50 AM   #49
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A few updated pics.. I'm still moving things around as they grow and doing a lot of trimming, trying get nice balanced look. Still a bit messy and disorganized for my taste... I'm open for suggestions, but think the problem will sort itself out as some my slower growers catch up....my baby tears all showed up looking pretty beat up and cooked from transportation heat... Been in the 100's here and neither usps nor
Ups air condition their trucks... And it seems most people selling plants don't account for that by insulating the packaging... Bought nearly $100 worth and if there's any alive, at all,, it's barely.. I'm thinking the green I'm seeing is algae
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:56 AM   #50
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Hopefully some color will start happening soon.. I know I bought some reds and even a purple... Be nice to get some definition and variety through color
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:08 AM   #51
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is that cabomba(purple) in the center? it's been growing like crazy in my 36 bowfront
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Old 08-14-2013, 06:43 AM   #52
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is that cabomba(purple) in the center? it's been growing like crazy in my 36 bowfront
I have some purple and some green intermixed... Really wish the color would come in.. Still a new tank, I'm sure it will
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:59 AM   #53
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Ya know,, dramatic, stately looking landscaping and rock work comes easy to me. I'm a decent artist as well. I really underestimated what it takes to get the look I like. I think I'm going to remove the larger swords and put them in my mbuna tank and/or my goldfish tank. I have a very large amazon in the mbuna now and a melon in the goldfish, both doing great. I need tall, thin, well defined background plants. I need to better define where one plant stops and another begins. I think the latter will happen with the thickening that comes with trimming. Overall I'm not real happy with my tank as it sits now, but I'm enjoying the process. I enjoy sitting and staring at it for long periods of time, trying figure out how to make it look better. All that and I have this darned black hair algae. I took out most of the plants that were infected, lowered my light to one fixture and the time to six hours. I also added a bit of Excel. I killed a couple fish in the process, but it's OK, it gives me an excuse to go across town to my favorite lfs to buy more.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:35 AM   #54
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I've decided to let my plants relax from constant rearranging. Goint to let them run their course for the most part, before I go rarranging anymore. Allow some good root growth.

I did buy some more blyxa japonica to be used as a foreground in front of my rock. I also bought some baby tears. I want to make a nice baby tear path curving around to the back side of my rock. I'd also love to see baby tears filling any an all gaps between plants,,, hopefully in an interconnected manner.I picture an old sailor or biker with dozens of tattoos in the small and medium size range. It used to be custom to fill the white space berween tats with tiny stars and dots. Need to buy more,, but the one lfs that carries it is expensive. All the less than, very hardy plants arrive at my house melted from transit heat. Take a cue from johnny cash, "one piece at a time in the meanwhile, any advicd on getting the baby tears spread around is appreciated.
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p.s. I bohght an 8" Polypterus delhezi for my mbunatank,, major cool factor.. all my mbunasxare completely full grown, so it's always a gamble when addin new fish,,, so far so good. Hopefully I'll see him more oftdn than my 12" upside down catfish, which may make a brief appearance once every 7-10 days. Damned mbuna tank and all the requisite caves and hiding places..lol

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Old 09-10-2013, 01:29 AM   #55
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:49 AM   #56
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A LOT of trimming and a little rearranging. I opened up the front and lined up some grass plants (sorry, still haven't learned the names) organized a few other plants and trimmed a lot of stuff down as much as I could without killing them.
Getting an organized looking, heavily planted tank is tough. For one thing I knew very little about how these plants grow when I ordered them, so it's been a learn as they grow situation.
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