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Old 12-17-2012, 11:48 PM   #61
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Thanks for the input STS I might end up going the java route. I dropped some ludwigia back there, but it started going the same way as the wisteria. Might grow this tank out and see what happens - then tear out the crypt / ludwigia - and go with a more suitable foreground / backdrop.

Here are some photos of the tank as it is today:









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Old 01-09-2013, 08:58 PM   #62
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So I've let her go wild here...







I'm not sure how to even trim the crypt, might cut it to the floor and let it start again. Let me hear your input.

Also, I got a new camera and a prime 50mm lens - expand those shots for some goodies.

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Old 01-10-2013, 04:32 AM   #63
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Looks Great! inspired me to redo my bettas tank starting tomorrow or friday!
but first a few questions, are the light fixtures original to the setup or did you replace them?
And, what kind of c02 system are you running?

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Old 01-10-2013, 06:08 AM   #64
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I currently use two of the stock 13W CFLs. I lucked out and wound up with two, which landed me in the WPG range I was looking for.

Up until this past week I've been injecting CO2 using a solenoid / regulated 5LB Co2 canister. (ran out - refilling soon) It turns on one hour before the lights come on and turns off one hour after they've turned off.

The lighting schedule is a 4x8x4
5AM-9AM on
5pM-9PM on

I fertilize the roots with worm castings and fertilize the water column with a macro/micro very lightly. The tank is heavily stocked with bottom feeders and heavy feeding of a varied diet provides most of the remaining nutrients. Nerites (4) and an otto (1) have done an excellent job of keeping the glass clear.

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:45 AM   #65
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Friend started up a tank - good excuse for some heavy trimming.








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Old 01-22-2013, 06:53 AM   #66
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oO you trimmed the crypts oO
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:07 PM   #67
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Wasn't sure what else to do, buggers had grown 9 inches tall and were shading everything around. Tried pulling out a clump, but the roots are set deep. Any clipped leaf will surely die back, but at least I'll be able to see the rest of the aquarium. lol.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:01 PM   #68
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lol! I find the best way is to trim off the larger leaves .
to separate a daughter plant you can pull the crypts out a little so you can see the rhizome then snip the rhizome between plants. then you can snip out the roots of the clumps you dont want and pull it out you can still regrow this but it will usually melt first when trying to regenerate new roots
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:14 PM   #69
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That's a very pretty beta, and an amazing tank. I hope my little 4 gallon turns out half as good as this!



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I work at an lfs and we take pretty darn good care of our fish.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:37 PM   #70
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Thanks Exie, it's all about how much care you put into it. I let mine down a bit in the past month or two and the tank suffered. I ran w/o Co2 for 5 weeks and plants started getting stringier / algae reared its ugly head.

Just refilled the tank today - here's a couple shots. I removed many of the plants I didn't really care for. May tear out all of the lacy stuff to the left - it just grows too quickly. The bottom leaves of the ludwigia sp red are looking a little gnarly. May have to trim that up a bit more as well.





Don't worry about the betta, he's away on holiday in my 20g sump. I wanted him out of the tank for a bit to let the RCS population grow a bit more. Once the next gen hits juvenile stage I'll move him back in.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:13 AM   #71
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Smart idea. Hope he enjoys his vacation

Where did you get that background? Sorry if that's been covered. Does it come with the fluval tank?
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:44 AM   #72
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Wow, what a greatooking betta...and tank as well, but that betta!!! Is his head really yellow?
Great job, planted tanks are addicting!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:51 PM   #73
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Exie: it is the stock fluval backdrop

Lyzza: I do love this betta, he got me into aquariums. 4 months ago he was living in a little bowl maybe 2 qts large. At that time he was completely white. Unfortunately, the water conditions weren't the best and he ended up with a terrible case of fin rot that nearly took him. In trying to save him I purchased the aquarium you see here.

Anyway - Angelo has what's called the "marble gene". It means that his colors will vary over the course of his life. When the shots above were taken he was blue and white with a yellow face. Recently, black has been showing up around the face and tips of the tails. I'll have to get a few more shots soon.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:04 PM   #74
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A quick shot of the regrowth thus far. Doing a water change today and adding ferts - expecting a jump in growth over the next week.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:56 AM   #75
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