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Old 08-30-2014, 09:13 AM   #1
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100g - Cryptocoryne jungle


Hello TPT! I decided to end the disappointed looks people got when they came over to my house and saw an empty aquarium. My 100g was previously setup as a Dutch style aquascape with fast growing stem plants and lots and lots of fertilizer dosing to match the growth. This time I am trying something different.

Equipment
100g (48"L x 24"W x 20"H) made by Miracles Aquariums
Hydrofarm Designer T5HO 4 bulbs (2x Giesemann Midday, 2x TrueLumen Flora)
Fluval FX5
Hydor ETH 200w inline heaters (x2)
Cerge's Reactor *100% CO2 absorption*
Substrate: Miracle Grow Organic Potting Soil + Play Sand

Fauna
Puntius titteya (Cherry barbs) x20
Corydoras pygmaeus x15
Pretty much every pest snail available...

Flora
Cryptocoryne wendtii green
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica'
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya'
Cryptocoryne wendtii red
Cryptocoryne undulata
Cryptocoryne parva
Lagenandra meeboldii pink
Aponogeton capuronii
Nymphaea zenkeri

April 2014







June 2014





August 2014









Side notes:

1. I randomly placed the Crypts around the aquarium, so taller ones aren't quite where they should be.

2. I just planted the C. parva in the front, so it still needs a few months to fill in.

3. I just got a TDS meter and the water is sitting at 168ppm.

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Old 08-30-2014, 02:13 PM   #2
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I really like all of the Crypts; looking very lush and healthy. Looking forward to seeing more down the road.

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Old 08-30-2014, 03:53 PM   #3
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What did you do with all the blyxa (?) that use to be upfront?
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:37 PM   #4
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Tank looks amazing
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:30 AM   #5
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What did you do with all the blyxa (?) that use to be upfront?
The Blyxa japonica was sold to someone here in MN.
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Gotta keep those guests entertained!
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:22 AM   #7
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Crypts look awesome. Tank is coming along great.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:44 PM   #8
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September 10, 2014
-Added 15x Corydoras pygmaeus
-TDS = 148ppm
-CO2 at peak = ~40ppm
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gotta love a tank with lagenahndra...mine is taking its sweet time getting big *sigh*

This is going to look really cool in a month or two when all the crypts are really filled out
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beautiful, simple and perfect! love the substrate
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Absolutely stunning, a perfect mix of red and green foliage.
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I'm curious if you use a circulator pump of any kind.
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gotta love a tank with lagenahndra...mine is taking its sweet time getting big *sigh*

This is going to look really cool in a month or two when all the crypts are really filled out
Yeah, a very lovely plant. In high light with co2 it produces 1 leaf every 2 weeks. Pretty freakin slow.
Eventually I am going to rip everything out and start over so I can scape the plants according to their height. I have never been able to grow crypts before, so I had no idea what they would look like in my tank.

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beautiful, simple and perfect! love the substrate
Thanks! I feel like I'm cheating for how well the plants are doing and how inexpensive the dirt/sand was.

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Absolutely stunning, a perfect mix of red and green foliage.
Thanks!

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I'm curious if you use a circulator pump of any kind.
I am not using anything except the loc-line double output from the FX5. I have noticed that the front right corner tends to attract algae, so I may put in a Koralia to get more flow. The only thing I worry about is that the sand might get disturbed.
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What did you do with all the blyxa (?) that use to be upfront?
I'd never get rid of my Blyxa Japonica
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This tank is awesome man! I like the parva up front instead of the blyxa. Everything just looks right. I've really been wanting to do something like this in a big tank with crypts. I have a wendtii 'green' in my 90g that I constantly have to cut back. It's one of my fastest growing and spreading plants. Your water quality is awesome too. Do you just let the soil do the job?
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