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Old 06-28-2012, 01:02 AM   #1
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The Heorot- second planted tank journal


CatB and I have been talking for AGES about setting up new tanks and FINALLY I have the opportunity to do so!
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Whilst setting up the tank, CatB and I put in a CD which happened to be Beowulf read in Old English. It just seemed to fit the tank and my room and so far its really fun to listen to. And it matches the algae-covered rocks, too :P
I worked for about a week washing and drying topsoil to make mud substrate! After it was all ready, I made some pottery clay, mixed it all together, slathered it in, and we topped it off with Black Diamond Blasting sand. GOOD GRACIOUS did that stuff take ages to rinse... After meticulously placing rocks obtained from Fall Creek, a turtle tank, and the Medeterranean sea, the hardscape was finally finished..
Next, DUN DUN DUUUUN! Plants! we're currently looking for plants to place in The Heorot, but for certain it's going to have Java Fern, Crypt 'wendtii' Green, Amazon Sword, Dwarf Hairgrass, and Java Moss (if i can find any!!). On the list of maybes is Water Wistera, Anacharis, and Onion plant.
I plan to let it be a place for my fry to grow up in, and once they move out i will probably get either a betta and some pygmy cories, or some other assortment of fish, if it doesnt turn out to be just a muppy hotel.
pictures will be posted soon, probably later tonight! They'll start at the final placement of the hardscape :P
More to come!
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:19 AM   #2
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What size is the tank :O Make sure the sword is a dwarf or it will eat your tank alive. My 25g is completely overrun by 2 giant swords that started the size of the palm of my hand.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:52 PM   #3
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its just a normal amazon sword, but im going to keep it trimmed. i have another amazon sword thats growing in my first tank and its HUGE. like, no joke.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:43 AM   #4
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Lol yes. Mine are enormous. I didn't know better when I planted them. They are close to 2 foot long leaves ATM
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #5
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omfg, mine are only like, maybe a foot... the ones i just transplanted werent doing too well so they only have about 5-6 inches..
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:47 PM   #6
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PIctured day is here!
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The red yarn is to help maintain the Golden Ratio when doing the layout?
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yepp. i didnt find any rocks big enough to really get it down perfectly. im hoping the plants will take care if that when they grow out.
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Hey, this is what The Heorot looks like after two years! My gorgeous old dwarf gourami Pinky The Man-Fish is up front with some of the harlequins! Im going to be taking this tank to college with me in a few weeks!
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