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Old 11-05-2011, 11:41 PM   #241
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Moved the R. wallichii in the back, pulled the Red myrio up front where the Wallichii was, might move the downoi and swap with the Erio cinerum's.
Then do away with the fissidens wood foreground.

Pondering.........lots of choices here
Well, not that bad, but there's so many facets to dutch plant contrast and arrangements.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:04 AM   #242
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Moved the R. wallichii in the back, pulled the Red myrio up front where the Wallichii was, might move the downoi and swap with the Erio cinerum's.
Then do away with the fissidens wood foreground.

Pondering.........lots of choices here
Well, not that bad, but there's so many facets to dutch plant contrast and arrangements.
R. Wallichi is such a beautiful and unique plant...but it's kinda tough to scape with. Near the back is where I think it looks best.
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:01 AM   #243
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R. Wallichi is such a beautiful and unique plant...but it's kinda tough to scape with. Near the back is where I think it looks best.
Yes, I have to agree, but I do like to try different things and trim some typical background plants lower and see how they look for mid and foreground weeds.

This plant is bets suited in the back, so a broad leaf Green plant looks better in front of it. I have some of the shiny green Ech agustafolia "vesuvius" in front and some broader leaf green hygro something or the other in the back.
The Red milfoil looks nice with a nice copper color red hue and lends itself very well to topping.
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:52 PM   #244
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After clearing, I think I'll move the Red myri to the rear and make the P. palustris in that spot instead, mermaid weed is a common plant to me......but "rare and hard to grow" for most outside of the south East USA.

It gets a nice orange color and stems tend to be well behaved, slower growing.
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:18 PM   #245
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I collect and sell driftwood, so yes. I have ample amounts to chose from and I soak then typically 2-4 weeks, I'm slow to commit on hardscape materials I'll admit.

But I leach most of the wood good prior to use, then the shrimp pick the snot out of it and it's well cured in a month. I also tend to do large frequent water changes anyhow, but 3x a week is typical for new ADA AS tank's.

Shrimp/Fish go in 2-3 weeks after.
I figured that's what you're doing. How do you soak the larger pieces? Do you have a tub in your backyard or something?

(I personally just plop wood straight into my tanks, as I also do frequent 50+% water changes in the first week or so)
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:38 PM   #246
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Just read the entire journel great scape as usual
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:32 PM   #247
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I got one of those 24" tall narrow plastic kitchen garbage pails and soak 'em in that. It's still low enough gallonage so I can drag it over to the bathtub to fill & bail out as needed.
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:24 AM   #248
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I figured that's what you're doing. How do you soak the larger pieces? Do you have a tub in your backyard or something?

(I personally just plop wood straight into my tanks, as I also do frequent 50+% water changes in the first week or so)
Just a large storage plastic bin, garbage cans etc.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:55 PM   #249
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Added another 30 Dwarf rainbows, the school seems more at ease now.

Removed a piece of wood that's not serving any function at this point and is simply covered on the right mid rear section, this will allow for easier pruning and better care for the plants on that corner.
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:47 AM   #250
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Post 1 week for the Gloss:



Tank has had some changes:

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Old 11-10-2011, 02:49 AM   #251
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looks great as ever! i like the moss!
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:06 AM   #252
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looks great as ever! i like the moss!
I need a bit more and I am getting some from a local SF member here.
The wood 3 fingers will look better once it grows in and looks thicker.

In otherwords, it looks better than the pic shows and I just mucked up the tank putting them in.

Even if the wood was left alone....the look is nice and adds contrast and some vertical depth.

Some want me to put HC between, but that's too busy and crowded, the groups need to be a certain size or the over all impression is lost for me.

That is one of the key differences with Dutch style for myself, the groups need to be ample sizing, not just a stem or two here or there........that looks like manure then.

I've got some more work and more plants to add and fill in.........as well as allow some others to grow. The design and layout is getting there and the progress is steady and relatively faster than I would have predicted.

I just hope the R magenta or I find a nice little cherry red plant other than pantanal that works in another spot. I do/find that, I'm doing well and will make the goal I had. I have some mermaid weed coming in, so that will perk up and make a nice background plant. Also a few others and hopefully some more Tonina.

More moss will help give the look on those branches I'm after and Fissidens is a good seller/darker than other species.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:12 AM   #253
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Wow what an improvement.
This is definetly better and its like you said about the contrast,youve enhanced it pretty well.
I really like how my eyes gets drawn to the red,its like a passage or something (english is not my main language so im not good at describing stuff)
Though....im not sure about the moss being in the front...
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:29 AM   #254
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Wow what an improvement.
This is definetly better and its like you said about the contrast,youve enhanced it pretty well.
I really like how my eyes gets drawn to the red,its like a passage or something (english is not my main language so im not good at describing stuff)
Though....im not sure about the moss being in the front...
I still might make a row of moss somewhere and do away with it, but the shape I like.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:32 AM   #255
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I like the ADA style but I actually like this more, great job! It looks like gorgeous with the red and I really like the areas where there is no plants. I bet your shrimp love those areas too (they'll get stronger lifting up those rocks and eating the algae hehe). Not sure how to describe it but your tank just makes me happy looking at it!

Can we get some close ups of the fish? They're hard to see (and what kind are they, sorry if I missed it I'll go back and read the description). I always like good balance with beautiful plants, lots of shrimp, and of course a healthy school of fish Your tank definitely has all those!
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