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Old 04-02-2013, 04:14 PM   #76
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Still loving this tank Kathyy.

I am surprised you change out so much water each time. How often do you do this?
I haven't been doing these huge water changes for very long, only about a month. I am trying to do them every 3-5 days. After the 8' tank was such a mess when it missed a couple water changes last summer I suspect keeping water really clean may be quite important to fighting algae at least in a bright CO2 injected tank. I also realized that just because the tank looks half full that isn't a 50% water change when there is a sump under the tank! When the pumps are off there are up to 35 gallons down there.

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I adore this tank, I'm always trying to mimic it in some way, but can never seem to get mine as natural, yet refined looking.
I still am working on it! I really like subscribing to channels on youtube by aquarists that put up how to videos like ADA, Green Machine, Pedro Rosa, Oliver Knott and others. I get a mini scaping session or long look at an interesting tank every day or so, nice. Seems to be getting information into my brain better than studying still pictures. I tend to skip over photos of tanks that are smaller than mine or aren't trying for the type of scape I prefer or aren't using plants I want to grow but there is something to learn from every scape successful or not and whether I want that particular type of scape or not.

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Without a doubt, my favorite tank on this site!
Wow, thanks!

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Do you have CO2?
Sure do. A RIO 2500 pump sitting in the sump is running water through a 20" Cerges reactor that goes straight to the tank. I have a double stage regulator with a solenoid that turns on the CO2 ~1/2 hour before lights go on and turns off ~1/2 hour before lights go off. I am sure it is far from good enough but that is what is on the tank right now. I see pearling all over the tank anyway. This is the fanciest system I have had, lowest tech worked too - just stuck the CO2 line into the sump pump's intake for years! With 4' up to the tank and then down to the spraybar there were very few tiny bubbles in the tank.

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wonderful tank!!!
Thank you so much.

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Same here! I don't currently have a planted tank running, but the system I'm about to start building will definitely be inspired by this one. The aquascaping is really nice.
Thanks, my main inspiration for this tank ended up finishing very well in IAPLC 2012 not that that matters. What mattered was this tank was working to accomplish the same sort of scape I wanted. Here is the starting point http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...36&postcount=1 and here are the results - scroll to #34 http://igorvarnic.blogspot.co.uk/201...aplc-2012.html No my tank doesn't really look like this one and certainly wouldn't win any contests but the planted foreground with heavy rock and wood work covered with plants and stems behind sure was a great jumping off point.

Good news, I didn't kill the P. 'Kawagoneanum' by pruning it, tiny red sprouts are forming! I dropped the metal halides a few inches this week to see if that perks up that H. sibthorpioides. The Brazilian pennywort is loving the extra light, grown 6" at least in a couple days and the spinning mass of floating pennywort on the left hand side of the tank is doubled in size. I really should weigh it to see how much it is actually growing. The sad Fissidens I tied to the wood is getting green, I will have to rescue more from where it is hiding and find more spots to put it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:28 PM   #77
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Kathyy, have you thought about posting a video of your tank? I think the group would really appreciate it! Worth considering anyways.

Also, I am curious what evaporation is like in your tank given you have a large tank with a relatively small sump (similar to my setup). I am finding that I need to top of every 3-4 days which I don't mind however has me concerned if I choose to leave for a longer period of time. The return chamber wasn't made too small I guess, so now I end up with the pump pulling air when the water level gets low enough.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:39 PM   #78
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Thanks, my main inspiration for this tank ended up finishing very well in IAPLC 2012 not that that matters. What mattered was this tank was working to accomplish the same sort of scape I wanted. Here is the starting point http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...36&postcount=1 and here are the results - scroll to #34 http://igorvarnic.blogspot.co.uk/201...aplc-2012.html No my tank doesn't really look like this one and certainly wouldn't win any contests but the planted foreground with heavy rock and wood work covered with plants and stems behind sure was a great jumping off point.
Thanks for the links, more great inspiration. Your last sentence is a great way to sum up the look.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:27 AM   #79
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Worked in the tank this evening. Took a few very bad videos before digging in. Take Dramamine before clicking on the picture to view this Canlax. Between my unsteady hand and the plants waving around..... It doesn't look that busy IRL.

And a still shot. Both of the video and photo are uncorrected for color and the truth is somewhere between.


I don't notice any evaporation in this tank. It is mostly covered with warped pieces of acrylic and the sump is covered as well. I do keep it quite full - when pumps are off and I pull the standpipe the water level in the sump is close to the top of the sump tank. This tank is so pretty I may take the covers off in time. In the 100 gallon tank with a 14 gallon sump the system lost precisely enough water so I was required to make a weekly water change. I filled the sump to the brim with pump off and at the end of the week I was nagged by the sound of the poor pump sucking air. Neither sump had/have any dividers in them so can be completely filled with water.

On April 3rd I put 48 grams of pennywort to float on the left side of the tank. Today I took out 75 grams of pennywort from that area. Guess the pennywort is growing okay at least! I really should try this with one of the Anubias too.

Speaking of Anubias I figured out how to use that huge one on the left to better effect. There is a big blank spot under the crypt and largest arch of wood, put it there! So I pried the unhappy Anubias off the rocks and moved half of it. I had to cut the lowest bit off as it was not budging. Now I can see my crypt a little. Was interested to note that the undersides of the older leaves were not pale green but had an ochre tone to them, probably seen it before and forgot about it!

Also pruned most of the background stems back. The Rotala was looking horrible with cut and resprouted ends mixed with nice straight stems plainly visible even though the tips were looking really nice. Pennywort was taking over just the way I like so it got cut back. I left the Myrio alone and even got it untangled a little so it is the dominant background plant at the moment. The Hygro was just pruned as usual.

BBA is still in the tank. I squirt it with Metricide and it goes red or just disappears but I keep finding new colonies - perhaps because this scape is a bit of a maze and plants are growing over so much of it. Now I am finding it on rocks though. Not on stems and very little on the Anubias and Bolbitis. They really seem to be appreciating the longer day and increased intensity of light.

I was lucky enough to be able to get one of Hoppy's PAR meters but I need a couple of dry hands to take better notes. All I could get on my own were air readings, 15 in the dim corners to 280 under the bulbs at a distance of about 12". I think I got 60-90PAR on tops of plants but what plants??
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:13 AM   #80
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This is really a great project. My girlfriend has been pushing Congo Tetras for weeks now and this makes it official, they've totally earned a place in my next tank!
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:23 AM   #81
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Crazy good tank! I can never see enough of this one - and the vids were hardly shaky at all!
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Very much enjoyed the video. Every time I look at photos of this tank, I am in awe
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:20 PM   #83
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This is really a great project. My girlfriend has been pushing Congo Tetras for weeks now and this makes it official, they've totally earned a place in my next tank!
I'm a man of word! Attended a fish auction today and had this tank in mind when I purchased six congo tetras!
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:27 PM   #84
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Again super work! A beauty of a tank!
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:06 AM   #85
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Really haven't abandoned my tank, it is going strong. Just haven't taken any photos until tonight. Didn't wipe the drips off the tank, didn't wipe the GSA off the bottom of the panes, didn't do any pruning either though. Fish are happy and BBA is hanging on as a minor nuisance. I cannot see any algae from my chair, the plants are looking nice and I like the way the fish swim around my scape.

Rehomed most of the narrow leaved java fern and all the red java fern. No idea how large a tank the red java fern deserves, a lot larger than mine! It grew like a super sized trident for the most part, really big. The many stems in the back are all showing up now and I am liking all the variety. Potamogeton gayi, Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' I think, Rotala rotundifolia, Hygrophilia polysperma, Lysimachia nummularia and my old favorites Hydrocotyle leucocephala and Myriophyllum mattogrossense plus a little of the red Ludwigia are on the right and the left center has Persicaria sp. 'Kawagoeanum'. A scrap of hornwort has finally grown into something healthy and is anchored around a branch. It would rather wind around the java fern though. Need to work on what goes where I suppose.... later. I am thinking some stems look good mixed together and some don't.

FTS. Moved my java fern island to where the red java fern was before and some Blyxa japonica is in its place. The Trident java fern and the island really clashed. I didn't know Trident grew so large! That female Congo tetra reduced the Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides to stems and the Lindernia had no where else to go so am trying it in the dark right front corner. It looks nice but not sure it will do well. I put the H. sibthorpioides stems into a little glass jar with a bit of potting soil to see if it can grow back from bare stems just in moist air. A strand of java moss got in there as well.


Center of tank, love the way the rock and wood fit together and the crypt is finally showing its stuff. Staurogyne repens has decided to hunker down and grow nice and thick but it still doesn't look right. Marsilea has thickened into a nice carpet again out of sight on the left and there is a small amount of Elatine triandra that might get S. repens evicted once and for all if it takes off. It is scattered all through the front of the tank. Right where the two rocks meet is a 9 leaved Buce of some sort. It has had 9 leaves for a couple weeks but it was a cutting that now has 3 strong roots so that counts for something. It is tied to a small rock as the actual stem still wobbles a bit.
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Love the density of the scape, everything flows nicely and feels very organic. The rocks feel appropriately sized and blend in nicely. How are the Congo tetras treating the ferns?
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:32 PM   #87
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Java, no interest. Bolbitis, I have seen them eying them and I think one took a chunk off one time - and that is how the H. sibthorpioides feasting started. Leaving the fine leaved plants alone though. It took them a year to decide they wanted fresh greens and they still stay away from the zucchini. Maybe I will try blanching some greens for them.

Thanks. It took me a long time to realize an aquarium scape needs to come from the same place as a terrestrial garden - the hard scape comes first. Once the shape is in you can figure out what plants go where. Ideally I would be choosing plants to fit the scape rather than placing the plants I have in the best spot for them in the tank but haven't gotten there yet.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:27 PM   #88
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Looking so nice, and the Congos!!!!!!!!! I'll switch my plants to suit them if I have too, love these fish so much, and yours are gorgeous
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:30 PM   #89
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I suspect keeping water really clean may be quite important to fighting algae at least in a bright CO2 injected tank.
very true statement
i find this very so in my 75 gallon. i have 324 watts sitting over it from a Tek fixture
i've missed a water change before... BAD idea
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:03 PM   #90
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looking good as always kathy. congo's look so much better in a planted tank. changed my substrate back to white sand the my congo's arent as nice. makes me want to sell all congos. or go back to planted.
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