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Old 12-15-2013, 01:22 AM   #286
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Haha...man that sucks... now you gotta wait a couple hours before you can see what to do next
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:24 AM   #287
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I cleaned out my return pump and broke off the plastic piece that holds the sponge in place.....it then sucked in all the dirt from the sump.....good news is pump and sump are clean.

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:25 AM   #288
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I was going to scape tonight but watching UTC for awhile now...lol

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:26 AM   #289
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True...but now you got all that mulm in your tank....bet the fish are having fun picking through it all
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:10 AM   #290
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Apistogramma spawned again...bah right in the middle of me redoing the hardscape

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Old 12-16-2013, 03:59 AM   #291
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Apistogramma spawned again...bah right in the middle of me redoing the hardscape


haha I know the feeling, was about to rescape one of my tanks and put my hands in to uproot a ton of plants and then I see/feel the GBR attacking my hand, when I looked to see why they were protecting their eggs
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:11 PM   #292
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Yeah, unfortunately they are going to have to live with me rescaping. I got new plants coming this week so I don't have a choice to wait. Plus the plants will give the fry cover from the cardinals.

I have about 5 smaller apistogramma still in the tank from their last spawn. Going to need to give/sell them away soon.
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:36 AM   #293
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Well spent the last week or two working on my hardscape. I'm hoping the plants arrive tomorrow...USPS is taking forever


What do you guys think?

Only part I question is the wood in the front right....it might move once plants are put in.



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Old 12-21-2013, 03:33 AM   #294
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That hardscape is sick! Is that one solid root or did you lay it out to look like that? If so you did an awesome job.

Maybe you can get some epoxy to keep that wood in place that you're questioning?
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It's 7 separate pieces. The piece with the main trunk was in my previous layout on the right....so it's flipped in this layout. I also cut part of it off so it would lay correct when flipped. I probably won't epoxy anything just to make sure I can remove the wood/put the wood in. With the braces the main piece barely fits as is so I don't want to start combining all the pieces into one. I think the Xmas moss will make it look as one (if it doesn't already).

My apistogramma love all the crevices and caves I made with the wood.
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I hate to be silly but what plant is that in the back?

Also, I agree, that front right piece feels....funny. But I think depending on the plants you picked it will work perfectly.
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Limnophila Aromatica. It was left over from the last scape. I like the plant but I don't know if it will be staying. I kept it in just to give the cardinals some cover and it doesn't hurt anything. It really needs to be topped and replanted either way.

Yeah, I don't hate the front piece but I don't love it. It will probably be gone in the next set of pictures I post. I'm thinking I'll just fill in that area with plants.
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Limnophila Aromatica. It was left over from the last scape. I like the plant but I don't know if it will be staying. I kept it in just to give the cardinals some cover and it doesn't hurt anything. It really needs to be topped and replanted either way.

Yeah, I don't hate the front piece but I don't love it. It will probably be gone in the next set of pictures I post. I'm thinking I'll just fill in that area with plants.

I feel the same about it honestly. It's pretty and all but it's a very weedy plant. Personally, I want to try replacing mine with Pogostemon stellatus, as I feel it has the same look with less of the invasive mess.
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Thats gonna be sweet man. If you talking about the larger piece in the front I would move it. Maybe put on the back left sloping up into the main stump. Or if you have more wood make another smaller stump on the right side like two trees growing together. In any case nice job man I really like it.
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The plants came in at 8am this morning...got everything in and did a water change, EI dosing, etc.

Everything looks good I think (erio and bacopa were a little rough). I need more moss but I'm sure the xmas will grow quickly so I can finish covering the wood.

I ended up taking out the front wood piece.

I'll get some photos up after the holidays.
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