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Old 07-01-2014, 11:42 PM   #781
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Gary, all of that is there. You can't really avoid it all. I suck up visible mulm, and do top offs directly over the plants to shake any detritus off that may have settled onto the leaves. There are spots of BBA....I just trim off old leaves on occasion to keep them looking nice is all.

Thanks Kwheeler! At the moment, a lot of bronze corys are in there. You just don't see many of them. I had a CO2 dump a while back that killed most of my fish, and I just haven't replaced them yet. I'll need to soon.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:49 AM   #782
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Gary, all of that is there. You can't really avoid it all. I suck up visible mulm, and do top offs directly over the plants to shake any detritus off that may have settled onto the leaves. There are spots of BBA....I just trim off old leaves on occasion to keep them looking nice is all.

Thanks Kwheeler! At the moment, a lot of bronze corys are in there. You just don't see many of them. I had a CO2 dump a while back that killed most of my fish, and I just haven't replaced them yet. I'll need to soon.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:36 PM   #783
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Magic Water, Gary. Magic Water. :-)
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:57 PM   #784
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Looking great man!

I followed some of your advice/methods from our PM's and it worked
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:51 AM   #785
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Your tank is stunning! I am absolutely in awe!
Could you give me an idea of the emersed plants in photos 4 +7 in this post? And where I might find them for sale? They are gorgeous!
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:36 AM   #786
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This is hands down the most incredible tank I have ever laid eyes on!!
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:03 PM   #787
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Hey UD! Thank you! I'm happy that my advice paid off for you! At least, it didn't destroy you, and I'll take that as a positive! :-)

Hi Autumn! Thank you for the compliments! Most of what you see growing emergent is Mexican Milkweed, Dwarf Umbrella Sedge, and Common Mint. I have some smatterings of others....such as: Hygrophila corymbosa that I let grow out of the water; alternanthera; and some Pilea species (Coral and "Aluminum plant"); Persicaria hydropiperoides; not sure if the mosses and creeping fig count or not!

You can get these either at your local garden center, other traders, or contact Devin at Riparium Supply and see if he has any of the species or not....I got the Pilea species, Mexican Milkweed, and Cypress Umbrella Sedge from him directly.

Hi Brooksie! Thank you! I'm grateful and flattered!
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:04 PM   #788
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Sorry. Double-posted.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:05 AM   #789
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Thank you!
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:48 PM   #790
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Time for some updated shots:

Bottom portion....I do like that row of Ludwigia linearis that is forming. Once the Alternanthera grows some, it should make for a nice feature. I hope to have the Ludwigia glandulosa x palutris coming up on the right side behind it all, and have some Ludwigia Atlantis mixed throughout. Still a few weeks away from being where I want it.



Top from the right corner:



Kind of a half-top/half-bottom shot. You can see that it is challenging taking a picture of both the top and bottom at the same time, due to the glare of the light from the top part of the tank. The Green Neon Tetra in the tank really add a nice contrast against the plants.



Here is a male Pelvicachromis taeniatus “Moliwe." This fish is fantastic, but curiously "opposite" of what you expect in a dwarf cichlid. The males are considerably larger than the females, and though have a great coloration, are more drab than the females. In addition, they also do not flare or chase the females; the females shimmy and try to impress the males!



Here is a female Pelvicachromis taeniatus “Moliwe." These fish are somewhat shy, but are fairly visible in the tank. "Skiddish" may be a better description, and they do not hold still for any longer than a second or two. It makes for a very challenging picture session. Their color is stunning, and they are currently available (as of 12/5/14) through Rachel (msjinkzd).



Here is the male again lurking around a Ludwigia species, which I cannot ID. It was sold to me as "glandulosa," but I do not think that it is. Lots and lots of color, and I LOVE the scale pattern on the Pelvicachromis taeniatus “Moliwe."



Here is a shot of the Left front-corner with several Bucephalndra species present. I have to trim this, but this follows two very heavy trimmings over the course of a month. You can never have enough Bucephalandra, but this might be pushing that line a bit.



Top of the tank has "officially" filled-in. Unless the Ficus is pruned every two weeks, it will choke out nearly everything, or simply grow over it. The Fluffy Ruffles Fern also sends out many runners, and is a prolific grower. It must be trimmed or removed on occasion.



Red or Green? Have a little BBA there, but that's OK. Have a new nice plants there: Alternanthera reineckii, Helanthium tenellum, and Limnophila sp. "Belem" make up most of the red plants; Penthorum sedoides and Cryptocoryne "Green Brown" makes up most of the green.



Full system shot:


I actually prefer this one most:


A nice shot of the Blotched Pyrrhulina:
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:00 PM   #791
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Man I do love your tank...still my favorite on on this site. Theres just so many beautiful colors which I wouldnt think possible in a tank! Great photography skills also!
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:32 PM   #792
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Amazing as always Donn. Those reds and such clear water and tank, the top looks amazing too, drool x 100.
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:04 AM   #793
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this tank is sweet. whats the orange plant under water dead center?
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:07 AM   #794
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Wow, seriously impressive!
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:25 AM   #795
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Thank you lamiskool, knm, and samee! Grinch, that is Ludwigia linearis.
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