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Old 08-10-2004, 02:23 AM   #1
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30 gallon new layout


You can see elsewhere where this tank stood a while ago. No amount of pruning was going to whip the haphazard layout into shape so I drained it last night, went through everything I had on hand in other tanks and came up with this.



I really liked the scarlet temple I was growing out in a 75 so I put 4 stems of it across the right rear, and there are two stands of broadleaf lud on the left rear on either side of the filter. I haven't really seen a tank with a red background, and from the luck I've had with both plants, I'm looking forward to seeing it fill in, it should cover the filter nicely. The left front is about 5 of those "hardy aponogeton" bulbs, I tossed about 2 dozen of them in a 75 five about a week ago and they exploded. Some dwarf sag in the front for ground cover should fill in nicely around a couble of stands of moneywort and the left side gets 3 dwarf lilys. I'm not sure what the plant in the front right side is, it was some kind of sword I think, it came from a big tub full of plants and trimmings I pulled out of a garden pond I've been working on for some friends.

Anyway, I'll put up a weekly shot for awhile and see how it develops.

Oh yeah, the tank:

30 gallon "cube"
Fluval 3
3'' flourite, laterite blend substrate
controlled pressurized co2 (pH 6.8 = about 20ppm co2)
2 X 65 watt 6500K
daily dosing with a proprietary formula
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Old 08-10-2004, 02:33 AM   #2
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Plant on the right front looks like a Crypt.

Those Aponogetons are going to get huge on you! Too big for a 30!

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Old 08-10-2004, 04:33 AM   #3
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I'll take a closer shot tomorrow of the mystery plant, define huge on the aponos, I'm going for a low current tank with tall vertical growth, the lighting is a pendant that even allows for a bit of growth. Tank itself is 21" tall.
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Apono can get quite large very quickly. I had a bulb in my 10-gallon which I eventually pulled out due to its size (it was starting to shade everything). I measured it when I pulled it out. Leaves were around 2 1/2" across and the plant was 30" tall. I'd imagine it would have grown even larger than that had my tank been larger (it was putting out new leaves every other day).
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I have an A. undulata in my 20L! I am keeping it in there just to propagate it, which it is doing.

The plant was placed on the right side of the aquarium, and it's leaves have already reached the left sid eof the aquarium.

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I want a bit of that, so can I just thin the leaves occassionally?
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I think you will be fine thinning out the leaves on occasion.

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