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Old 09-05-2012, 04:07 AM   #16
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Those are awesome looking scapes Bob. Are you working on another tank (hence the images, or is this ideas for a rescape further down the road)?

The rocks you have are amazing. You just can't go wrong with those!
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:18 AM   #17
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thanks cable! you should do Aquasoil! thats what im planning for the iwagumi.

i bought the anubias micro here on the forum. its awesome and soo small!

no i tore that down a while ago. just wasnt working out. the iwagumi hardscape is in that same tank actually...

hows the fam?
I finally got my salty setup. Nothing great and actually I am going to be upgrading big time.

The family is doing well. Keeping me busy though along with work. But I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. How about you?

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Old 09-05-2012, 07:07 PM   #18
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Those are awesome looking scapes Bob. Are you working on another tank (hence the images, or is this ideas for a rescape further down the road)?

The rocks you have are amazing. You just can't go wrong with those!
i am working on another scape although it im slowly peicing it together. it wont be setup for a while. some of you may remember that i was planning to do a nature aquarium in the 7.5 mr aqua (the same tank the iwagumi hardscape is in now) it was supposed to look like this


527748_332958720115337_1721926855_n by orchidman10, on Flickr

i already received the manzanita and seiryu stones i traded for, so i was committed to that look. but i was bored and threw that scape together. now i love it and have to at least set it up like that for a while. lol!

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I finally got my salty setup. Nothing great and actually I am going to be upgrading big time.

The family is doing well. Keeping me busy though along with work. But I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. How about you?

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nice! send me some pics! whats the setup?

thats good! do you still work at taco bell?




the betta is here! he is healthy albeit very stressed looking, he is drained of all color and has some pretty insane stress lines. buy he looks pretty healthy. i floated the bag and acclimated to temperature and then introduced him into the tank, as instructed from Rachel. his tail is awesome though! probably shouldve thought it out better though, because he is mostly black and so is the background..

ill take some pics once he colors up and once i finish school
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:06 AM   #19
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A light blue background would look great with the scape and provide you with contrast with the Black Orchid. Something else that would be interesting, i don't know how practical it is, but have a red glow emminating from just left of the highest mountain rock, fade that into yellow and orange, and paint the rest of it light blue. That way it looks like a sunrise/sunset. That's just what the hardscape reminds me of for some reason...perhaps because I worked at the observatory here on campus (we're in the mountains) and was working from sunset to sunrise multiple times.
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:39 AM   #20
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turns out he actually stands out pretty well. its not plausible to change the background color here because the background panel is made of black acrylic. so i cant just tape something to the back. if i could though, it would just be frosted glass!

here is a quick photo that i took with my iPod touch. it shows his colors pretty well. although you cant quite see how nice the individual rays of his tail are.



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he is eating like a beast already
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:15 AM   #21
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nice! send me some pics! whats the setup?

thats good! do you still work at taco bell?
I have a 25ish gallon system consisting of 3 tanks now. There are some pics of that and the family in my thread, but I will try to post some more.



And I am a manager at taco bell now. Not as good as my last job, but it pays the bills and keeps the water boxes full.:p

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Old 09-06-2012, 04:20 PM   #22
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now that is one handsome fish.
wonder where one could get a fish that good-looking. probably only from a particularly talented breeder with very high-quality stock...
lol
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:08 AM   #23
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I have a 25ish gallon system consisting of 3 tanks now. There are some pics of that and the family in my thread, but I will try to post some more.



And I am a manager at taco bell now. Not as good as my last job, but it pays the bills and keeps the water boxes full.:p

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cool! aww! she is so cute.. although when i asked for pics, i actually meant pics of the SW setup..

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now that is one handsome fish.
wonder where one could get a fish that good-looking. probably only from a particularly talented breeder with very high-quality stock...
lol
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:00 AM   #24
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Lol. Salty set up? Here ya go.



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wow thats a pretty nice setup! what are the inhabitants?

and for clarification, i got the beautiful betta from @marko@ here on TPT, the best most awesome Betta breeder there is!
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:32 PM   #26
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wow thats a pretty nice setup! what are the inhabitants?

and for clarification, i got the beautiful betta from @marko@ here on TPT, the best most awesome Betta breeder there is!
A couple of hermits until I upgrade and get some more equipment.

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Old 09-07-2012, 08:41 PM   #27
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Cool! If you follow the Flickr link from my photos, you can see the video of him that I just uploaded.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:29 PM   #28
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im starting to get some diatoms on the rocks and plants. it is getting a water change tonight which hopefully should help some. some of the plants have pulled out of the substrate and are now floating freely. ill plant them again when i do my WC. i think the betta uprooted them when he was trying to find a cozy place to sleep.

does anyone have suggestions on what to do for the diatoms. there are tiny bits of what looks like hair algae too, but i cant tell. I asked frank what he though, he said add amano shrimp, but some of the plants have been pulled up and im not sure the plants ar rooted firmly enough for the amanos. so does anyone have suggestions?
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:14 AM   #29
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Anyone?
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yeah bettas arent too gentle on the plants. it doesnt help that your substrate is probably a bit too large in particle size for the roots to really penetrate well.

for the diatoms, there isnt much but manual removal from the glass, frequent water changes, and possibly algae eaters. amanos or otos (though i dont advise having a school of otos in a tank that small).
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