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Old 12-25-2004, 04:33 AM   #31
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German bred?!? Very nice, i've always wanted some altums but never had the water to!
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Old 12-27-2004, 02:48 PM   #32
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Ed, which grass plant are you using in the foreground? Whatever it is, it's exactly what I'm looking. How tall does it get (average)? Thanks
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Old 12-27-2004, 05:13 PM   #33
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Looks like maybe dwarf sag? I have some in my 55, waiting for it to start growing out and everything...got to get my co2 system up and going first! lol Dwarf sag is a very easy plant to grow, get good substrate, CO2, and some decent lighting and its good. Its really a midground plant, but I'm going for a jungle look so its my carpet plant
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Old 12-27-2004, 06:16 PM   #34
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It'a a mixture of Sagitaria subulata, Echinodorus magdalensis/quadricostatus and E. tenellus, whichever does best wins. Originally I tried a field of tenellus, added some sag's on one side and from the other side the magdelensis grew in.On the other side of the log (you seen in the background) there is a carpet of only magdalensis. Ia a tank 30 inches high a lot of plants are carpetplants
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Old 12-30-2004, 06:39 PM   #35
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By popular demand: moved a big sword to right side behind the wood.
Better?

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Old 12-30-2004, 09:07 PM   #36
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looks great now! It all flows smoothly, I love it! Good work
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Old 12-30-2004, 09:31 PM   #37
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Thanks, I see what you mean, there's a nice curve.
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Old 12-31-2004, 02:14 AM   #38
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Ia a tank 30 inches high a lot of plants are carpetplants
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Just curious - do you find it difficult to work with such a tall tank? I'm asking because I've got a 24" that I've been thinking of converting to a planted tank, but I've been worried that it would be too hard to reach the substrate.
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Old 12-31-2004, 05:49 AM   #39
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It's not always easy. I can reach inside for cleaning the front window easily, and reach the palnts the first two feet ,but then it gets more difficult.
It's not an Amano style of aquariumkeeping, I'm not pruning daily and keeping everything neat and tidy. You'll have to be thinking in advance where to put the plants. Whe I replanted that big sword, I lay across the tank, belly in the water. That's not something you do every day.
And you have to invest in some good strong lights, like HQI and or T5, and which you must make movable in case you have to get to the back of the tank. To get acceptable lightlevels it takes some watts, and even then it's not easy to get lightloving plants to grow as groundcover. I can forget glossostigma carpetting.
On the other hand jou have a big tank,, which I love, you can grow huge swords, and tons of fun
As I say: bigger is better
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Old 12-31-2004, 09:33 PM   #40
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I can't get over how large that thing is - 400 gallons! The scale is still hard for me to comprehend. Those swords must be absolutely gigantic And I thought my 125G was hard to work on . . .
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Old 12-31-2004, 09:38 PM   #41
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That tank deserves the plants that most of us only dream of... Swords are a plant that only get better with age and most of us have to tear them out before they hit that stage... someday I would love to have a tank like this.
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Old 01-07-2005, 12:50 PM   #42
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Finaly some reds are starting to grow.
I definitly have to get used to stem plants, the're different from swords.



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Old 01-07-2005, 01:41 PM   #43
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Just incredible Ed! And very nice photography work as well. Do I see Mayaca sellowiana in there or is that Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan'?
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Old 01-07-2005, 03:36 PM   #44
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Hi Travis, South America only he
I bought it as Mayacca vandelli (aka M.fluviatilis), Bacopa myriophylloides is on it's right side.
Ludwigia inclinata on the far right side.
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Old 01-07-2005, 03:48 PM   #45
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I notice your Mayaca seems to be curling a bit. Mine does that too. It was fairly vertical when I received it but started curling a few days after I put it in. It seems perfectly healthy though.
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