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Old 07-27-2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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70 Gallon Bucephalandra tank


Freshly planted with all Buce's:

Notes: I have had some Buce;s that have thrived in here regardless of the abuses and other things I've done, mostly due to a lot of Amano shrimp.
Few water changes, very clear water, dosing roughly 1/3 EI, basically maybe 1-2x a week dosing and a little traces.

CO2 is pretty high, but the plant's demand is low also.
There is not heater in this tank.

I removed the lava rock faux ADA powersand, it did nothing and started to come up through the ADA after a year or so. Added some old ADA AS to replace the volume.

Bushy nose and Amano's right now.
Might add some CRS, but likely lower grades and after the plants grow in more. This will give the fry some place to hide. I have SS mesh over the overflow and will change the return pipe to a glass elbow I have in the works.

This tank is darker, but open and brightly lit. Adding a bright colored shrimp will look nice against the Buce's. Not sure if I'll add fish really.

No heater on the tank, runs about 75-77F in the summer, maybe 70-74F in the winter. My 60p ADA will also lack a heater.






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Old 07-27-2013, 04:31 AM   #2
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Tom, are those all one species? If not, what species are you keeping in there?
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:15 AM   #3
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I have always liked what you did with the hardscape on this tank. I still can't believe more people aren't using this type of wood to mimic rock work scapes. The buce is a nice change from the dhg belem that you had.

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Tom, are those all one species? If not, what species are you keeping in there?
C'mon Tom make up some nice fancy new name like most do for some of the buces that are out there. I love how there is a million different names for a plant that only has 3 different species.
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:07 AM   #4
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I'm jealous....and I like the iwagumi wood layout. This will be nice when they fill in.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:50 PM   #5
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How did you get so many? O.o
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:08 PM   #6
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thats a lot of buces....lol
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I have always liked what you did with the hardscape on this tank. I still can't believe more people aren't using this type of wood to mimic rock work scapes. The buce is a nice change from the dhg belem that you had.



C'mon Tom make up some nice fancy new name like most do for some of the buces that are out there. I love how there is a million different names for a plant that only has 3 different species.
I could I suppose.

The tank is well run and the Buce's are a very nice change, very different from the other foreground type plants.

This would also fair VERY WELL as a DSM.

Ironically, I've been growing a lot of Elatine hydropiper and have a lot of that now, I was going to use that in place of the DH, but the shrimp keep pestering it before it got established. It finally took and started doing well, but I decided to do this instead.

I have about 20 White Anubias now after growing them out. I'll figure out some place for them for another tank at some point.
Certainly not... the cheap stuff
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What kind of wood are you using in this tank? I can't tell if it's more like Mopani or Malaysian.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:59 AM   #9
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wow thats alot of Buces! very nice Tom.
Nice change up!
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:04 PM   #10
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That's going to be extremely beautiful when it grows in.

Won't even discuss how jealous I am of only one white anubias much less 20.
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What kind of wood are you using in this tank? I can't tell if it's more like Mopani or Malaysian.
It's manzanita burls and he has some really nice looking ones for sale.

http://www.barrreport.com/showthread...d-batch-2-2013
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I really have not done much, the soil was a bit sparse in some spots due to the wood being under it and I thought it was not there. So I'll redo a couple of the middle sections on the side of the main wood piece.

Plants are growing well, no algae on leaves etc, not much on the glass either.
Some smaller bits of the White Anubias I added, but these are left overs, so it'll take a few weeks/months to get them looking decent.









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I love the look of the wood here. Are you going to be selling any anytime soon?
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Another awesome tank. Always wanted to do a hardscape with wood like that. This tank has everything I love, Buces and lots of awesome wood.
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I've seen a lot of recent rock work using Rock like wood, so I went the other way.

Then using all Buce's, no one is going to do this anytime soon unless they live in IN.
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