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Old 07-10-2013, 05:22 AM   #16
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What does everyone think about putting some bolbitis in this tank to grow on some of the driftwood / lava rock? I thought about it but its expensive plus I have a strong feeling that papa bushynose is going to do something to it and its going to end up dead.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:08 AM   #17
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Well its been shipped and I have my tracking information now. Can't wait!
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:36 AM   #18
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Its in San Jose! Its only an hour away can't wait until tomorrow! I will either do videos and pics late afternoon Friday or Sunday as Saturday I have a party and I have to prep.

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Old 07-12-2013, 12:42 AM   #19
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Just a reminder, here is what is in the package:

75 root tabs TOTAL
16 pro plant anchors (4 packs)
1 Mother Sword 'Bleheri'
5 bunches Limnophila aromatica
5 bunches Cabomba carolinae
5 bunches ludwigia glandulosa
2 bunches Hygro. 'augustifolia'
3 mats HC 3" X 5"
1 bunch Ludwigia sedioides

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Old 07-12-2013, 05:05 PM   #20
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It just came in 5 minutes ago. I can't open it until this afternoon since I am at work.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:23 PM   #21
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They are in the tank!!!!!!!

Full review will be performed later on but its gonna be positive! I will take measurements and count all the stems per bunch i received.


Overall a positive experience, plants all arrived in great condition except for the limnophila aromatica, which looked like something you'd see from the black lagoon. Plants did arrive with algae, a few were covered in it from head to toe, but most without the slightest trace of algae. I could not locate any snails but I wouldn't be surprised if they had eggs on them. I used 2nd day ship btw. I was very confused when i looked at my bunches of hygrophilia corymbosa augustifolia, i ordered 2 bunches and they shipped 3, but that wasn't the confusing part, the confusing part was that 1 bunch contained only 3 stems at about 8 inches tall with little to no roots, 1 bunch contained 6 stems also at 8 inches tall, these containing more roots and looking to be in better condition than the other, HOWEVER, and I say this with happiness in my voice as i get to the 3rd bunch, the 3rd bunch contained over 20 stems of hygro, with a deep red/purple, roots over 6 inches long and thicker than the sweat on an old fat person's forehead on a hot summer day. The mother sword was DISAPPOINTING, only being 14 inches tall with a poor to fair root system (for the size of the plant) and containing only 2 baby swords 1 halfdead and the other ok but both without roots and about 15 leaves. The green cabomba was probably in the best condition out of all the plants upon arrival, looking absolutely perfect except 1 bunch which also looked like it came from the black lagoon. The ludwigia sedioides was very exceptional, 1 'bunch' or whatever their calling it now, contained 3 stems at 24+ inches tall 1 without any roots and the other 2 with OK roots. The 3" X 5" HC mats were completely outstanding, out of this world, an I-shi*-my-pants-after-taking-a-look sort of reaction (did not actually happen). I ordered 3 mats and received the best looking HC I have ever seen in my entire life, bright coral green, growing off the mats and several LAYERS of HC per mat. The mats use some type of wool with a plastic protector so it will sink and hold together, definitely keep the hc on the mat, despite what people say about it growing faster when spread out I would not remove it from the mat, when you see your mats in person you will know exactly what im trying to say, though others will argue I just dont want to kill it or damage its beauty by molesting it.


Videos and pics pics pics pics pics, more pics, and, btw did i mentions PICS? Will be posted soon though not necessarily today and i can't tomorrow but Sunday for sure if nothing else.
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:02 AM   #22
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I decided the tank wasn't ready for pics so no pics until further notice. I'm ordering my co2 system in a few days.

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:51 AM   #23
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I just deposited my check finally and that will show up on my account Wednesday. After that I can buy my co2 system. Then theirs a 10 business day wait and after that I will need to get it filled. And then a day or two of testing and figuring out how to connect the regulator to the cylinder, etc. After that I have my co2 system! Hazaa!

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Old 07-16-2013, 05:55 PM   #24
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I have been planting the plants slowly now with those aquariumplants.com anchors. They work really good and my big plecostamus has yet to successfully uproot any of the plants but he has definitely tried. If I can find the time today I will post some pictures but I have been really busy lately. It is starting to look better and better. The single surviving Blyxa stem seems to have filled in more. Its still meager looking and you can't even see it in the tank because its behind some wood. I still haven't planted most of my stem plants because I want them to develop some roots, some of them are still melting a little bit or the stems looks a little soft. The Ludwigia sedioides has quickly become a favorite.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:02 PM   #25
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Yesterday I went to Petsmart and bought 2 packs of Cyprus helferi. So far its doing pretty well actually. I still think im going to look for Blyxa japonica locally as I think I will never buy this plant online again. I want it bad for the tank. The cabomba has been growing fast floating in the tank. I hope to be able to plant those within a week. The ludwigia glandulosa looks fine but not great. It hasn't grown much and the leaves have melted tremendously but it still actually looks good, nice violet pink/purple look. The Limnophila aromatica is all dead, but like the Blyxa I hope it will seed. I found an unkown plant poking out of the gravel yesterday that appears to be from last year when the tank was last planted. I think it is a baby jungle val, which I haven't had in this tank for who knows how long. So far I have planted in the substrate the mother sword, its baby, the HC, red tiger lotus, banana plant, anubias, half dead java fern, and the Cyprus helferi. I still don't know if I want to plant the L. sedioides and let it grow to the top or leave it floating. For now it will stay floating but once everything else is dialed in and everything theb I will have to figure out if theirs a spot for them.

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Old 07-16-2013, 10:36 PM   #26
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What is species of the small white fish?
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:23 PM   #27
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What is species of the small white fish?
If you are referring to the freshwater goby, that is Rhinogobius candidianus. I have never seen them in a store but I got mine from a rare import specialist. Sad to say he never got another shipment of them, its been 3 years now and believe me he's tried. They are supposed to be very rare.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:29 PM   #28
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Update pics! Plus I have a funny video of the tank im going to edit this week and upload to YouTube soon!
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:30 PM   #29
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Btw, thanks to whoever moved this to the correct section! I didn't know we had a subforum specifically for this, thanks!
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:37 AM   #30
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Oh dear lord! I can't control myself around AquaBid! I'm going nuts buying things. i can't stop refreshing every 5 minutes to see if theirs any new ads. My shopping cart is like a roll of unrolled toilet paper that keeps on going and going and going...
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