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Old 04-30-2004, 03:28 PM   #31
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thanks guys. but i think i'll have a hard time convincing my girlfriend to get rid of the tiger barbs for discus, considering she bought me those. and i think i will too. you know how attached we get with our fish, especially the first fish in the tank. i named them too...tiger1, tiger2, tiger3...

and thinking of trying to catch them in my planted tank doesnt seem so fun...
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PLANTS: Sag, Crystal Val, Pigmy swords, Micro swords, Red & Scarlet Ludwigia, Queen sword, Stargrass, Ludwigia Palustris, Ludwigia Brevipes, Red Sunset Hygro, Bacopa, Pennywort, Crypt Wendtii Bronze, Glosso
FISH: 8 Tiger Barbs, 7 Otos, 1 Dwarf Bristlenose, 14 Varies Rainbows, 6 Rasbora, 3 Cory cats
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Old 05-04-2004, 11:32 PM   #32
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Well I like it so Far just would like MORE growth
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Old 05-05-2004, 02:12 PM   #33
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thanks for the compliments messy. i'll post pic tomorrow.

i got my new internal reactor yesterday. i wasnt to happy with the double membrane diffuser that came with my co2 system. i also took out the bio-wheels and taped up the spray bars in my emperor filters. as for the tank itself, i added some more plants and took out most of the rocks. ill take out the rest as the tank fills up. started dosing seachem flourish, flourish iron and potassium. ive already seen plenty of tank growth in the tank. my ludwigia(sp?) and cambomba grows one or two internode a day. and the alternanthera reineckii grows deep red new leaves. im liking this plant A LOT!! made friends with most of the LFS and theyve been giving me some trimmings here and there. they gave me some star grass and water sprite. i also trimmed my vals. theyre getting more fullier and sending runners every which way. the micro chain swords is the only plant that hasnt fully established yet. i see a few new leaves here and there, but nothing to hoot about. hopefully itll start taking off with the addition of Fe.

finally got my kH test kit. the tank reads 7. and with taping up the spray bar and removing the bio-wheel, i got my ph to drop. turned up the bubble count and got the ph to 7.0. so according to the charts i have about 21ppm of CO2 in the tank.
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FILTRATION: (2) 400 emperor
LIGHTNING: (2) metal halides 175W 10k
CO2: pressurized
PLANTS: Sag, Crystal Val, Pigmy swords, Micro swords, Red & Scarlet Ludwigia, Queen sword, Stargrass, Ludwigia Palustris, Ludwigia Brevipes, Red Sunset Hygro, Bacopa, Pennywort, Crypt Wendtii Bronze, Glosso
FISH: 8 Tiger Barbs, 7 Otos, 1 Dwarf Bristlenose, 14 Varies Rainbows, 6 Rasbora, 3 Cory cats
INVERTS: 8 Amano & 10 ghost shrimps.
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Old 05-05-2004, 06:20 PM   #34
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SUBSTRATE: 60lbs flourite, 50lbs red flint gravel
FILTRATION: (2) 400 emperor
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PLANTS: Sag, Crystal Val, Pigmy swords, Micro swords, Red & Scarlet Ludwigia, Queen sword, Stargrass, Ludwigia Palustris, Ludwigia Brevipes, Red Sunset Hygro, Bacopa, Pennywort, Crypt Wendtii Bronze, Glosso
FISH: 8 Tiger Barbs, 7 Otos, 1 Dwarf Bristlenose, 14 Varies Rainbows, 6 Rasbora, 3 Cory cats
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Old 05-06-2004, 07:51 PM   #35
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Here are some updated pics:







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CO2: pressurized
PLANTS: Sag, Crystal Val, Pigmy swords, Micro swords, Red & Scarlet Ludwigia, Queen sword, Stargrass, Ludwigia Palustris, Ludwigia Brevipes, Red Sunset Hygro, Bacopa, Pennywort, Crypt Wendtii Bronze, Glosso
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Old 05-06-2004, 10:55 PM   #36
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I LOVE IT!!! :shock: Its my inspiration!!! Im still looking at it with nothing else to say but I want my tank to look like yours!
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Old 05-07-2004, 01:48 PM   #37
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thanks messy. just waiting "patiently" for the foreground to come in.
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CO2: pressurized
PLANTS: Sag, Crystal Val, Pigmy swords, Micro swords, Red & Scarlet Ludwigia, Queen sword, Stargrass, Ludwigia Palustris, Ludwigia Brevipes, Red Sunset Hygro, Bacopa, Pennywort, Crypt Wendtii Bronze, Glosso
FISH: 8 Tiger Barbs, 7 Otos, 1 Dwarf Bristlenose, 14 Varies Rainbows, 6 Rasbora, 3 Cory cats
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Old 05-07-2004, 04:14 PM   #38
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I don't think I've every seen a better centerpiece. That driftwood is perfect for your tank. When the foreground grows in, and hides the contact area between the wood and the gravel, the 'natural' effect will be stunning.
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Old 05-07-2004, 04:32 PM   #39
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That is a nice piece o driftwood! The tank is coming along very nicely.
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Old 05-07-2004, 06:32 PM   #40
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thanks unirdna!! thanks george!! your compliements means a lot to me especially cause you guys have such amazing tanks!!
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SUBSTRATE: 60lbs flourite, 50lbs red flint gravel
FILTRATION: (2) 400 emperor
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CO2: pressurized
PLANTS: Sag, Crystal Val, Pigmy swords, Micro swords, Red & Scarlet Ludwigia, Queen sword, Stargrass, Ludwigia Palustris, Ludwigia Brevipes, Red Sunset Hygro, Bacopa, Pennywort, Crypt Wendtii Bronze, Glosso
FISH: 8 Tiger Barbs, 7 Otos, 1 Dwarf Bristlenose, 14 Varies Rainbows, 6 Rasbora, 3 Cory cats
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Old 05-08-2004, 12:37 AM   #41
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Well done!

I can't wait to see that Anubias in a couple of months! It is going to look great! I also like the placement of the Stargrass. That is also going to look amazing as it grows in. The Vals were a great background choice.

What is the red plant?

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Old 05-10-2004, 02:02 PM   #42
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thanks mike. im not really sure what the red plant is?? i purchased it at the LFS and it didnt have a label. i asked the person at the store but i forgot what he said. ill post a pic and maybe someone can help me identify it.
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SUBSTRATE: 60lbs flourite, 50lbs red flint gravel
FILTRATION: (2) 400 emperor
LIGHTNING: (2) metal halides 175W 10k
CO2: pressurized
PLANTS: Sag, Crystal Val, Pigmy swords, Micro swords, Red & Scarlet Ludwigia, Queen sword, Stargrass, Ludwigia Palustris, Ludwigia Brevipes, Red Sunset Hygro, Bacopa, Pennywort, Crypt Wendtii Bronze, Glosso
FISH: 8 Tiger Barbs, 7 Otos, 1 Dwarf Bristlenose, 14 Varies Rainbows, 6 Rasbora, 3 Cory cats
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Old 05-12-2004, 01:00 PM   #43
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I can't believe I'm such a loser that I was actually thinking about your tank while walking to work this a.m.!

Wondering if you could put into words where you see your tank going.

In the first few pics, you had a beautiful, yet spare - almost stark - aquascape. The long grassy foliage along the back wall and the annubias throughout the middle and front highlighted that awesome stump and several rocks.

Now, you have added swords, ludwigia, and stargrass, and have removed the rocks. The result is very attractive - yet quite different. And I gave you some clippings that will undoubtedly take you further from your original spare aquascape.

I'm wondering if you have really thought out how you would like this tank to end up and, if so, if you would be so kind as to share it with us. Personally, I have found it easy to fall into the trap of simply desiring more and healthier plants, without giving enough thought to the overall aquascape. More is not always better. One thing I was thinking is that in your initial posts, you were infatuated with your piece of wood. But as you add more plants, the wood will assume a much less dominant role.

I am sure you will understand that this is in no way intended as a criticism of your beautiful tank. Just trying to spur a conversation.
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Old 05-12-2004, 02:46 PM   #44
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thanks ed!! im extremely flattered!! let me first say that ED ROCKS!! i meet him up yesterday and he gave my a big baggie of goodies. in the bag were: java fern, 2 very nice crypt wendtii bronze, red hygro, ludwigia brevipes , ludwigia palustris , parrot's feather, giant hygro, bacopa, marselia quadrifolia, pennywort. all the plants very healthy and generous portions. i literally opened the bag and said, "HOLY $%!#!!" the greatest part about it was i constantly offered to pay him but he wouldnt accept. i even offered him some of my anubius and vals and he wouldnt take it. thanks again!!

as for my tank and where i see it going, to be really honest, im not really sure. im just excited right now that i have plants growing. i thought i had a aquascape in mind when i first started, but when i actually put some plants in there and see the size ration of plants to driftwood and tank size, it just didnt make anymore sense. i think im also in that stage where you know something doesnt belong in your tank but your just excited its growing so you just leave in there. i think im just growing plants and seeing which plants i can grow really well and design from there. any advice or opinions is greatly appreciated!!

here are some random thoughts and maybe you guys can help me plan better:

* im waiting for the micro chain swords to grow in. theyre starting to take off. i think its because they were grow emerged that took them a while to get going. i think having the grassy foreground will compliment the vals in the background. itll help balance the tank visually.

* i initially wanted glosso to grow in the foreground to give the tank i more "manicured" look but that didnt go so well. so i went with the mocro swords.

* im also liking the stargrass. it grows great in my tank and it can be the plant that brings the foreground and background together even more. the problem is trying not to use it too much.

* i really dont have an opinion of the 2 swords. some days i like it and other days im not sure about them. when i first got them, i was surprised to see how big they were. but then i started to like them cause they helped fill my tank out. what do you guys think??

* im also like the driftwood slightly cover yet exposed. it gives the tank a sense of mystery.
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75gal Planted Tank
SUBSTRATE: 60lbs flourite, 50lbs red flint gravel
FILTRATION: (2) 400 emperor
LIGHTNING: (2) metal halides 175W 10k
CO2: pressurized
PLANTS: Sag, Crystal Val, Pigmy swords, Micro swords, Red & Scarlet Ludwigia, Queen sword, Stargrass, Ludwigia Palustris, Ludwigia Brevipes, Red Sunset Hygro, Bacopa, Pennywort, Crypt Wendtii Bronze, Glosso
FISH: 8 Tiger Barbs, 7 Otos, 1 Dwarf Bristlenose, 14 Varies Rainbows, 6 Rasbora, 3 Cory cats
INVERTS: 8 Amano & 10 ghost shrimps.
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Old 05-12-2004, 02:55 PM   #45
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My favorite part of a new tank is watching everything fill in. Enjoy it while you can.
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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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