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Old 01-08-2010, 05:35 PM   #166
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This is absolutely beautiful. I sure hope my plants turn out half as good as yours look!
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:57 PM   #167
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Thanks so much. That was an older picture from my little 20-gallon setup. I only had it looking like that for a while. The plants had covered so well there that they shaded the whole underwater area, so the FTS wasn't much to look at.

Here is a quick shot from today.



Algae is growing on the rocks, which I sort of like. The fish like it too. The tan wall is imparting that yellow tinge to everything. I think that I will paint the wall white for picture taking. I put a couple more (ratty-looking) plants into the underwater area. I think that I want to find a couple-three decent Amazon swords to use there.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:35 AM   #168
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Do you get a huge mass of roots in your water, from the planter cup plants? Do you prune them?

Some of my plants seem capable of completely filling the water volume with roots!
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:11 AM   #169
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Some E. parviflorus 'tropica' swords might look nice in the front, and stay nice and low.
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:08 AM   #170
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Oh I really like that 'Tropica' sword and I hope that I can use it someday. However, I intend for this tank to have open sandy areas between the stones. This will give the catfish more room to scoot around and it will also make it easier to manage the permanent algae growth that I will have in here. The plants that I intend to use, such as Amazon swords, will be sparse and also with growth habits that are more erect.

I wonder how that E. parviflorus 'Tropica' would grow emersed(?).
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:53 PM   #171
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I'm still wondering why planter plants send out such a mass of roots. I probably have less fertilizing or other nutrients in my planter cups than you do - could that be the cause of the plants sending our such a mass of roots. The cyperus, umbrella sedge, especially has a huge mass of roots. The fish seem to like swimming around roots, but it does detract a bit from the appearance. I don't see that kind of root mass in your tanks.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:27 AM   #172
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I think that the MTS works well as a slow-release fertilizer, so the plant roots are less-inclined to explore out into the aquarium water. I do see some rott formation out through the bottoms of the planter cups, but it's not much. You can just trim roots away if they are too obtrusive.
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Here is another quick update. I moved the rocks around some more.

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very neat!
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:54 PM   #175
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Thanks problemman.

I also got one quick picture of one of the little S. lucipinnis.



It's gonna take a while to get any good pictures of these little guys. They are skittish.

Oh and here again is the Cyrtosperma johnstonii.



I just can't stop taking pictures of that plant. It's the coolest ever.
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That really is a cute fellow - lady? Do you know if they can be expected to be less skittish as they get bigger and more used to the tank? My new fish in my latest riparium seem to be a lot less nervous after a week or so. Most of them still move to the back when I stand right in front of the tank, but just a few steps back and they return to the front.
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Yay! I was waiting for some updated shots of the catfish!

PS- considered any Nerite snails for that algae?
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:37 PM   #178
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I understand that they do become more bold as they get larger. I still need to stack up some more rock piles for them. I tried to last night while moving the rocks around but it was difficult to also keep a halfway-decent layout. I hope to get more pictures of them soon. It will take some effort.

I really like the algae on the rocks and I'm trying to encourage it. The Ilyodon furcidens eat the hairier growth and keep it mowed down as a green patina on the stones.
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:43 AM   #179
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The Bacopa lawn is finally beginning to cover well. Yo ucan see just a couple of little corners of the foam trellis raft around the edges.



It took some time and training to get it to grow like this. As the stems have grown longer I have snipped them off where they reach past the edge of the raft. This encourages branching and more compact growth.
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That looks great man! I need to find some low growing plants for the front of mine. Need to make a trip to the greenhouse this weekend. Can't wait to see a full front full. You do such a great job with your ripariums!
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