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Old 12-14-2012, 09:53 AM   #1621
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I'm just freaking out with this tank. Congrats from Spain mate!
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:14 AM   #1622
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I think I will revert back to this grouping for the left side with downoi in front of the Ludwigia sphaerocarpa(the bare spot).
Then the Rotala sunset back in that spot. I may try a few other species before putting the sunset back there though.
That copper M. tuberculatum will be removed obviously



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Old 12-16-2012, 07:57 PM   #1623
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Looking great, Tom!

I am finally back home and getting things ready to start my 75 back up!!

How many 9 liter bags of ADA AS do you think I will need for my 75?
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:05 PM   #1624
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Looking great, Tom!

I am finally back home and getting things ready to start my 75 back up!!

How many 9 liter bags of ADA AS do you think I will need for my 75?
Good to see you back.

4-5 to be safe.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:50 AM   #1625
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Expanded the Fissidens on the wood dividers that keep the groups/rows in their shapes.

This was actually the original plan.

I would like to do this with Mini Pellia as well for the rear corners.

I have some Alteranthera roseifolia(this is super red) I took out and then tried to grow emergent to see if it would grow faster(yes, it does). It turns green, but when you place it back in water, it narrows up and turns a wonderful blood red color. It did well in the rear shaded section. The normal A. reineckii does well in the shaded sections. But I like this one
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:11 AM   #1626
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Expanded the Fissidens on the wood dividers that keep the groups/rows in their shapes.

This was actually the original plan.

I would like to do this with Mini Pellia as well for the rear corners.

I have some Alteranthera roseifolia(this is super red) I took out and then tried to grow emergent to see if it would grow faster(yes, it does). It turns green, but when you place it back in water, it narrows up and turns a wonderful blood red color. It did well in the rear shaded section. The normal A. reineckii does well in the shaded sections. But I like this one
Any pics of this blood red plant?
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:31 AM   #1627
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Do you have some close-up shots of downoi !
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:38 AM   #1628
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Any pics of this blood red plant?
Plant behind the main piece of wood in the above photo.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:20 PM   #1629
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I have some Alteranthera roseifolia(this is super red) I took out and then tried to grow emergent to see if it would grow faster(yes, it does). It turns green, but when you place it back in water, it narrows up and turns a wonderful blood red color. It did well in the rear shaded section. The normal A. reineckii does well in the shaded sections. But I like this one
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All I can say is that you have the perfect green thumb. I cannot seem to get A. Reineckii to grow vertically, not to mention throw out the blood red color you have there. I can just watch with admiration how you grow plants with ease. Hopefully I will uncover the 'secret' to this plant soon before it disappear from my tank .
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:23 AM   #1630
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All I can say is that you have the perfect green thumb. I cannot seem to get A. Reineckii to grow vertically, not to mention throw out the blood red color you have there. I can just watch with admiration how you grow plants with ease. Hopefully I will uncover the 'secret' to this plant soon before it disappear from my tank .
Well, I cannot grow it anywhere I like in any tank, not by a long shot.

It has never done well for me under very high light. The best? MH's and T5's in the shaded regions. I'd like to use it like L. pantanal, but it does not do well under high light really. T8's it did great in lower lighted tanks. It is one of the easier lower light Red plants.

The roseafolia type grows more vertical and has a better color than the A. reineckii types sold.
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:38 AM   #1631
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Sweet mother that's a beauty!

Probably been asked, but what is the short green foreground plant?
Edit: never mind, UG.
Edit: just realized its Tom Barr's thread. Now I understand.
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Old 12-25-2012, 03:21 AM   #1632
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I plan on removing some of the UG where the downoi are now and expanding this to break the continuous line of UG in the front.
I want a wide path that tends to narrow some towards the back of the Downoi. I've not tried the Red macrandra in the left side before.
We will see how it does in the higher current.





The Ludwigia tornado looks nice from above and contrast well once it's dense enough.






Top view. You can see the new Rotala macrandra I added in the lower left side, very mauve colored, this is typical in very high light tanks. it's a freaky color.
Most seek/expect a more red blood or red cherry color generally.





Side view, shows some recently UG replanting.





Shows a close up on the UG and some other species.




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Old 12-25-2012, 03:34 AM   #1633
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do you keep any fish in this tank? Every time I see this tank, feel like an electric blue fish would look AMAZING (in terms of color and all that). I really hope I can one day replicate your range of colors and brightness in my own tank.
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:06 AM   #1634
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man i wish my r. macrandra would look like that.
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:23 AM   #1635
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do you keep any fish in this tank? Every time I see this tank, feel like an electric blue fish would look AMAZING (in terms of color and all that). I really hope I can one day replicate your range of colors and brightness in my own tank.
There's actually a lot of fish, but they do not come out for the pictures

I am still waiting for some fish I ordered.

I tried blue fish, NG rainbows, they blended in too much.
Red fish tend to look good/better really. I also had blue tetras, but they are mean.

I've tried quite a few, the rummy nose looked the best, but trash the UG and shrimp.
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