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Old 02-14-2003, 09:57 PM   #16
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Well, even though I did initially hope you'd leave the free space on the right, the new plants truly look fantastic. I like how you grow your Ludwigia - fairly low as a midground plant. I've been growing mine way too high and having nothing but bare, brittle stems for the first 2".

My tank is just doing very poorly overall lately, though. I've got to get it sorted out. That pic there is an inspiration to do just that.
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Old 02-14-2003, 10:15 PM   #17
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I love how your wallichii is growing tall like that, I have that same plan in my tank! My tank has never been in balance, so it looks horrible, I am just waiting for stuff to come in the mail!

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Old 02-14-2003, 10:44 PM   #18
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It is very tall and starting to throw out new growth from plant bottoms. It should be easy to groom and thicken the background this way.

I did like the emptier look Sam but I couldnt resist trying it... :hehe:


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Old 02-15-2003, 10:42 PM   #19
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This is probably the finest photo I have ever taken in my tank so I had to post it... I love the way the heater light accents the pearling WaterSprite... :hehe:


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Old 02-17-2003, 04:42 PM   #20
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That is indeed a great picture! Even the WCMM seemed to cooperate for the picture! My NO3 levels are a little high and my Sunset Hygro doesn't look nearly as pink as yours does! I can't wait to bring them back down! They look great!!
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Old 02-17-2003, 08:56 PM   #21
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CO2 gets them flourescent like that Ive noticed Sam... at the peak of the photo period and high CO2 ( about 35 ppm here )
35 ppm is a little higher then normal for me...I like to keep it around 25 - 30 normally but every now and then the needle valve needs persuasion.
Thats what I get for the "cheap" version. :hehe:
I have been over the 40 mark with no adverse effects to the fish... but then the tank looks like a giant aerator with the plant pearl ! Too much... :sad:
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Old 02-22-2003, 01:10 PM   #22
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Beautiful tank Buck!, I gotta start playing around with my camera. That last picture you took should be published somewhere, the colors are so saturated.
Are you using a flash, Tripod,?
My tank has a lot of reds in it but when I take pictures of it, it gets washed out. Any Ideas?
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Old 02-22-2003, 02:17 PM   #23
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Flash will wash out the colors Marcel...also darken room surroundings ( house lights)
Another thing to do is "angle" the view of the camera to the tank in small increments until you find the best use of the tanks lighting.
To take that photo I also removed the 6500k bulb and left just the 8500k bulb which enhances the reds on plants.
I have taken and deleted so many photo's of that tank its unreal.
Practice is about the only way to get a great photo...
I can take 10 photos with 10 different "angles" of the same object , in very small increments like an inch higher or lower , and make it look different(lighting/colors) on each angle. Many of us are running so many watts that the tanks lights effect the camera's in ways that we dont see with the eye.
It took me about 500 photos to figure that out ! :hehe:

By the way Marcel... you ready for some Riccia fluitans ? I have some with your name on it if you are ready...
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I just whipped out the manual for my camera. That oughta help a little.

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The camera's a Sony DSC-p51 ,2 mega pix.
I have a tripod which should help to keep the exposure longer so I can get some stop motion. Theres all-kinds of white balance, exposure,and color adjustments. I'll try using just the 6400k bulbs which have a CRI of over 90, and turn off the 9325ks which probably wash out the colors. I guess your right, I'll just keep snapping pictures till I get some that I like. Thats whats so awesome about a digital, no wasted film. Just delete the crappy ones and keep snapping.

I'm ready for some riccia, can't wait. If you have any extra rotala wallichi clippings I'll take some of that too. The water sprite is starting to sprout new shoots that are also sprouting roots near the nodes. It was just about dead when I got it but I'm glad I didn't throw it out.
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Old 03-16-2003, 10:47 PM   #25
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I got sick of chasing the jungle around and removed about 30lbs of plants....I hope I didnt over-do-it ! :lol: :lol:
It looks barren , sort of, but I allready feel refreshed... If I had time to do shipping tomorrow somebody would have made out nicely with the mass of plants I threw out.
I was relentless, the wife cried, the cat ran... it got pretty ugly ! I can actually see my fish again ! :lol:
All that stayed was Rotala wallichi,Didiplis diandra,Riccia fluitans,Swords,1 crypt, and some sunset hygro that will be kept no higher then 4" ! I will post a pic sometime Im sure....

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Monitor water parameters carefully. Keep nutrients low. Removing a large mass of plants is only part of the equation that led to my green water outbreak last month. The other was high nutrients.

It's worth it in the end, though! All in the interests of creating that perfect Aquascape!
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Old 03-17-2003, 03:44 PM   #27
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Your tank kicks major butt, Buck! But I have to say to whoever said something about tanks that are "green, green, green"... I like green! LOL. I like tanks that are just green! That's actually what I think I'm going to go for when I start planting my tank for real (once the CO2 equipment gets in). Anyway, I just wanted to throw my voice in there for green-only tanks!
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Old 04-18-2003, 01:23 PM   #28
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So much for the "jungle look"... I have groomed it over to a simpler look and I am using Rotala wallichi as a background, the neon tetra's love it and look nice swimming through it. I hung black towels over the tank for the photo , normally you can see right through this tank to the other side of the room... :lol:


Here is a larger photo of the tank...
http://www.buckmanshome.com/files/April16Full_1200.jpg
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Old 04-18-2003, 04:24 PM   #29
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I wish I could get wallichii to grow like that in my tank, but my water is too hard! Very nice looking!

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Old 04-19-2003, 11:29 PM   #30
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I do have very soft water...
Neither the GH or KH are ever under 3 and never over 5 and that is straight outta my tap ! I am very fortunate here...
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