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Old 11-30-2011, 11:27 PM   #16
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Looks great! now we just need a full tank shot to gaze at!
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:02 AM   #17
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Thanks Duff! I'll post some pics soon. I'm really starting to like this tank. The plants are growing nicely and I finally got my wood. I added some river rocks to the bottom along with a couple of fully aquatic plants. When I have some time I'll take pics and add them.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:08 PM   #18
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It's amazing how different they are from a regular planted tank - I find myself loving it as much or more then my other tanks - cant wait to see the FTS!
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:24 PM   #19
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Watching this one...
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:13 PM   #20
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me too!
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:51 AM   #21
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I had some time tonight to take some pics. I really like the wood, but I'm not sure about the rocks or plants. I'm not sure how to really scape yet so if you have any good ideas please share. Hope you all enjoy the pics:

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Old 12-03-2011, 11:12 PM   #22
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Wow that's looking great. Those plants are perking up already. Nice work!
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:54 PM   #23
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This looks great! Love the driftwood.
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:50 AM   #24
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Yeah...the wood is great...did you buy it or collect it? I might head out tomorrow to hunt down some wood for my upcoming rip. project.
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:05 PM   #25
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Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I'm really enjoying this type of tank.

Hydrophyte - How long should I wait before planting the spider lily?

Nubster - I bought the driftwood from plantbrain over in the power sellers section. I wish I could go out and pick up something like that. That would be awesome.

I noticed some slime in my tank the other day. I did a partial water change and used a tootbrush to clean it off of the wood and planter suction cups. I've noticed that it's still on the wood. I'm not sure if ottos will eat that, but I bought a couple of ottos and a couple of snails. Will that work or do I need to be doing something else?
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:10 AM   #26
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I'm looking to incorporate pilea and mangroves as floating planter setups.

Do white mangroves require some salinity & extra magnesium?

Are you dosing with N-P-K.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:39 AM   #27
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I would give the spider lily another month or so in the fridge...maybe wait till after the new year.

Then next year it will need another winter dormancy too.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:41 PM   #28
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Looks fantastic, I love the wood! The plants look great as well and I can't wait to see the spider lily come spring/summer. Will you be adding more underwater plants?
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:43 PM   #29
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Oh, on the slim - it will go away on its own or keep using a toothbrush when you do a water change. Happened to me in another tank and after a month it had run its course.
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:47 AM   #30
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AirstoND - I don't think the white mangroves can be planted on rafts, but the pilea does great. I have my white mangroves in the planters and one seems to be doing great, but the other hasn't perked up yet . Hydorphyte may be able to answer your questions a little better than I can about extra magnesium or salinity levels. As far as I know they'll do just fine without. N-P-K ? I'm not sure what that is. I'm not dosing anything right now.

Duff - I have some plants coming that I purchased from h4n over in the power sellers section. Hopefully they'll work. Let me know what you think of the list: rotala sp.mini, Ludwigia Red palustris, Starougyne repens 049, Anubias nana 'Petite', Peacock Moss, and Round Pellia. Most of these require low-mid lighting. I'm going to try and grow the Starougyne repens on the trellis raft. I've seen it grown emersed and it looks awesome. They should be here tomorrow.

By the way the snails and otos cleaned up the tank, but made alot of waste at the same time. Snails are dirty!!
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