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Old 08-29-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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30 Gallon low tech- swords, crypts, anubias, moss


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I dose with Excel and I have flourish root tabs under all of the necessary plants.




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Lighting is pretty low now, I have 2 15watt t8 bulbs sitting directly on top. They look a little brighter when it's not so murky from kicked up sand, but still low. Thinking I might get the 36" t5 2x39 watt fixture I've seen at local stores. I would probably just have one bulb in it for now, I don't have the money for co2 and just don't feel like going that route yet..

Also looking to add some more plants. I think all of the amazon sword over there will get too unruly so I may take some out and add something a little easier to keep in line. Am definitely open to ideas for some sort of bushy plant, or possibly some narrow leaved java fern and more driftwood, I'm not sure yet.

A couple pics of the new setup! Cave is made of 3 pieces of driftwood and I just have my rhizome plants tucked right in there.

The various catfish love the driftwood setup so far!






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Old 08-30-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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Left:


Center:


Right:



Shrimp chillin:


Into the Cave:



Clearer FTS:

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Old 09-05-2012, 05:06 PM   #3
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was doing a water change and ended up knocking the drfitwood over.. It was finnicky to get back in place so I set it up a bit different. In the process I discovered that my peppered corys have been breeding!

the little guy:



kuhli:



cave:


shrimp:


schooling:



pygmy chillin:



FTS with new driftwood setup:
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:38 AM   #4
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Congrats, and tank looks really nice !
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:57 AM   #5
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updated FTS, continued growth




Anubias has tons of new leaves coming in!



My other brackish fish i wish i had a planted setup for:



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Old 11-01-2012, 04:28 PM   #6
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Opted for a more clean and simple look. Pulled out the sword and wisteria as they started to become a bit unruly. replaced the sword with "parva crypt" and added some more anacharis. Thinking next I may add a little bit of duckweed/frogbit to the side over the anacharis. I also want to add some more drift wood. Loving the way this tank is coming along!

Anubias growth:


Red Wendtii crypt growth:


Java Fern runners (have had lots of new leaves growing out of the base as well):


Parva crypt (want to add a little more where the java ferns are and re-home those):


Full tank shot:

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:30 PM   #7
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Nice setup keep up the good work!
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:33 AM   #8
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Added more wood! Ill never see my ottos again they will always be hiding in here now :P

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:16 AM   #9
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I can never stop re-arranging the wood/java fern.

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:25 AM   #10
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I read in a book that puffer fish (yellow with black spots) are predators. So you might have to watch out for that.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:13 AM   #11
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Holy crypt parva, how did you get them to grow and multiply?
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:29 AM   #12
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Not a whole lot. I have root tabs underneath that whole area of the tank and use a liquid "co2 booster" thing every couple of days. I'm very happy with the crypt parva. Because of how lush it is I hardly ever see my pygmy cories anymore though haha.

the puffer is in a seperate brackish tank with the gobies, he hasn't shown any aggression towards them yet.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:45 AM   #13
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:27 AM   #14
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Impressive growth on that parva! What species are your cories? I have a few melanistius and cant ever find any and my lfs closed down a few years ago.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:33 AM   #15
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Nice tank. Be careful with that sand. It looks nice but gets compacted over time & 02 starved. Blue green algae loves the stuff. Make sure you get really good flow across the substrate. Do a search on the internet & most of the BGA issues you will see will have that white sand. I had it in my tank . 10% White sand ,85% Flourite , 5% coated gravel. I have been trying to slowly get the stuff out. I tried every trick in the book, finally by accident I nuked the tank for another reason using flagil & it has been gone since. Now the tank is cranking & looking good but there is still about 7% of the original sand in the tank. Periodically its a good idea to disturb the substrate to aerate it & use a credit card along the sides being careful not to hit the seam. Granted the stuff looks good, but be careful if BGA rears its head.
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