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Old 11-01-2002, 04:55 AM   #1
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I have enjoyed looking at the wonderful pics of everyone elses tanks posted here so I thought I'd share mine with you
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I hope you like them they were taken about 6mths ago and hopefully I will be tanking some newer ones in the near future as soon as the plants have settled in after the replant.
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Old 11-01-2002, 01:29 PM   #2
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What a positively breathtaking display! I'm sure we're all going to have questions as to which plant is what - you definitely have some unique varieties that I cannot identify. So do us a favor and post not only your plant list (left to right, to help make ID easier) but also your tank specs (lighting, CO2, supplementation, substrate, etc.)

Welcome to the board! We're all about plants here.
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Old 11-01-2002, 02:53 PM   #3
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here are some more details firstly of the plants I can remember (the tank is currently settling in after a full replant and restyle)

working from left to right

background:
eusterallis stellata
Mayaca fluviatilis
Hygrophila Salicifolia
Limnophila Sessiliflora
Hygrophila stricta
Myriophyllum Hippuroides
eusterallis stellata

midground:
Didiplis diandra
Ludwigia
Echinodorus Osiris
Didiplis diandra
Micranthemum Umbrosum
Barclaya Longifolia
Ricca attached to a large piece of Cornish bog oak
and more eusterallis stellata (this stuff grows like a weed but looks wonderful)

foreground:
Micranthemum Umbrosum
Echinodorus Tenellus
cryptocoryne wendtii
Glossostigma Elatinoides

the tank is 48"x15"x18" (LxWxH)
filtered by an Eheim 2213 with flowthrough cannister one filled with floss and the other filled with siporax.
the Co2 is supplied by a bioplast pressurised system with the reactor powered by an eheim powerhead
the substrate consists of quartz gravel, pea gravel, laterite and black sand with a bioplast thermal float heating system fitted to supply gentle substrate water movement.
the lighting consists of 2x Dennerle trocal special plant tubes and 2X arcadia freshwater tubes on a 11hr photo period.
the tank has been running for 7years.

hope that gives a little more insight
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Old 11-01-2002, 04:43 PM   #4
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That's a fantastic setup you've got going! You can be proud indeed. Definitely post some more pictures of the new aquascaping when you get the chance!

One more question - is that a Double Red Ram in this picture?



I don't think I've ever seen a fish like that! It's gorgeous! Tell us some more about it! Temperment, care, etc.

Again, welcome to the board!
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Old 11-01-2002, 05:46 PM   #5
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thankyou for the compliment
the fish is an apistogramma Cacatuoides double red I find them relatively peaceful but not a peaceful as the common rams.
further information can be found here
they are a very worthwhile addition a tank mine currently have one brood being reared by the mother and another brood I found hidden in some java moss covered lava rock that the female uses as a spawning site.
unfortunately the male did not have his dorsal fin fully erect when the picture was taken as when that happens they are truely spectacular.
they spawn quite regularly at a temp of between 77'f and 80'f their diet consists of good quality flake food and various frozen feeds like bloodworm and brinshrimp which they wil take very readily . a pH of between 6 and 7 seems to work for the purposes of breeding them.
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Old 11-01-2002, 08:52 PM   #6
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Very nice tank. I especially like the look of depth you've achieved with your tank. I need to get some smaller foreground plants for mine so I can give it that look.
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Old 11-01-2002, 09:38 PM   #7
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Wow! I just can't wait until I get my pressurized CO2 system... your tank looks great! Also, you have picked some very beautiful fish, many people who run planted tanks (that I know) think of the fish as unimportant! Great job, love the tank!

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Old 11-01-2002, 10:21 PM   #8
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A pressurized CO2 system is the way to go for good plant growth I have a small tank running using diy co2 but its not the same and is a lot more hassle.

thankyou the fish have been selected over the years and fortunately there is a very good breeder localy who sells cheap which is a bonus

I have been keeping fish for 20 years and always wanted a tank like I saw in the books, it woud be a shame to let it down by not adding beautiful fish to compliment the plants
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Old 11-02-2002, 12:20 AM   #9
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I clicked my mouse 47 times on your tank photo's trying to enlarge it to my 19 inch screen !!!

Mother Nature herself couldnt do finer...
The landscape really works and like lemay says it has soooo much depth... you indeed should be proud of your efforts... by any chance do you set up tanks professionally ?
If not my friend... you should !
Its a shame you cropped those full tank photo files ...
...you made my mouse mad ! :fire: :hehe::hehe::hehe:
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Old 11-02-2002, 12:27 AM   #10
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I will dig the full pic off of my other machine which should keep your mouse happy (nothing worse than an irritable rodent)
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Old 11-02-2002, 01:38 AM   #11
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hehe... :P
I like the choice of otto also , I have been searching for the zebra otto's myself... very hard to come by around me ! looking forward to the photo... thx cous !
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I have uploaded some highres pics here
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Old 11-06-2002, 09:35 PM   #13
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I have uploaded an updated pic of the 55g taken on the 5/11/02.
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Old 11-06-2002, 11:45 PM   #14
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What is the beautiful centerpiece called... that plant is awesome

Showing my " plant youth " again huh ?:hehe:
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Old 11-06-2002, 11:57 PM   #15
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the plant is Eustralis stellata a little info on it can be found
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