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Old 02-13-2013, 01:54 AM   #721
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Beautiful fish, Devin! The tank is coming together very nicely!
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:22 AM   #722
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Beautiful fish, Devin! The tank is coming together very nicely!
Thanks. I hope to get some of the new fish this weekend.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:03 PM   #723
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all of your tanks are nice and absolutely above reproach
nice job as always!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:49 PM   #724
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all of your tanks are nice and absolutely above reproach
nice job as always!!
Thanks so much!
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:52 PM   #725
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beautiful tank and fish choice.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:59 PM   #726
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beautiful tank and fish choice.
Hey thanks so much! Like I said, I am going to remove that C. cutteri and add other strictly Tanganyika fish. Here is what I'm going to include...

  • Julidochromis transcriptus ‘Pemba’ - pair
  • Synodontis lucipinnis - group of 7 already in tank
  • Aplocheilichthys pumilus - ~10 individuals
Those A. pumilus killis are pretty cool.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:00 AM   #727
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I wanted to post this picture quick to show how I pruned the Asclepias. These stems were more than 24" tall, I really whacked them off on top. So long as the stem is left with a few leaf nodes it resprout and grow again. I like to prune Ruellia and emersed Hygrophila in the same manner.

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Old 02-18-2013, 04:55 PM   #728
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Here is a look at the back of the planter. The Asclepias roots have formed this spongy white mat. This is a magnetic planter and that black dot is the inside magnet.

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Old 02-26-2013, 09:04 PM   #729
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There were a few more shots of the Asclepias curassavica on the camera.





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Old 02-27-2013, 12:32 AM   #730
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BEAUTIFUL PICS!!!!!

Those roots remind me of the Birds nests I saw in Namibia! The birds ( I can't recall their name this second) build massive colony nests with the openings on the under side! It is done that way to try to keep the snakes and critters from raiding the nest! VERY COOL PIC!!! I have some pics of the nests, and I will try to find them and post one here!

VERY COOL TANK 4SURE!!!
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P.S. Julies are FREAKIN AWESOME FISH!!! I have had many types of them, and the ones you have chosen are VERY BEAUTIFUL and are soooooo fun to watch too!!! They will hover all around the rocks, and will also swim upside down following the underside of the rocks when searching for food to eat!!! You made a AWESOME CHOICE!!!
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:37 AM   #731
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BEAUTIFUL PICS!!!!!

Those roots remind me of the Birds nests I saw in Namibia! The birds ( I can't recall their name this second) build massive colony nests with the openings on the under side! It is done that way to try to keep the snakes and critters from raiding the nest! VERY COOL PIC!!! I have some pics of the nests, and I will try to find them and post one here!

VERY COOL TANK 4SURE!!!
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P.S. Julies are FREAKIN AWESOME FISH!!! I have had many types of them, and the ones you have chosen are VERY BEAUTIFUL and are soooooo fun to watch too!!! They will hover all around the rocks, and will also swim upside down following the underside of the rocks when searching for food to eat!!! You made a AWESOME CHOICE!!!
Hey thanks a bunch!

I plan to get some better pictures of this tank. I might paint the wall a darker color so that I don't get so much of that white blowout.

I might have video tomorrow night. The tank needs to grow in again to look like much--I mowed all those tall stem plants down--but there are a few plant observations to share with video.

Yeah I am really looking forward to getting those julies. I think they will be perfect in this setup.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:48 AM   #732
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Looking good Devin. Has that Asclepias bloomed for you again after the trim? I'm curious to see what the growth habit has been like after you cut it back. Also, is it possible to trim the roots on these or is that detrimental to the growth of the plant?

I agree that the julies are a great choice for this tank. I had a little group of of J. transcriptus "gombi" in my 65g when I had it set up as a Tanganyikan tank and they were very fun little fish.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:56 AM   #733
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Hey thanks!

It's only been a week-and-a-half since I cut that Asclepias back, so it will be a while before it blooms again. It should grow in more bushy this time because after I cut it more new buds started to grow.

Trimming those long roots won't hurt the plant much, but I like to leave the roots because they make everything look more natural and I think the fish like them too.

Yeah I look forward to getting these fish. Maybe I will have them early next week.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:15 PM   #734
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I'm just using this tank for growing out a few different plants for a few weeks. Some of these will go into other setups, while a few will stay in here. I got a quick picture...



Here's a list of the plants in the hanging planters, from left to right.
  • Asclepias curassavica "gold"
  • Phalaris arundinacea 'Strawberries & Cream'
  • Pleioblastus fortunei "variegatus"
  • Cyrtosperma johnstonii
  • Asclepias curassavica, red-flowered true species
  • Cyperus alternifolius var. gracilis
  • Ruellia britoniana, tall bluebell true species
  • another Phalaris 'Strawberries & Cream'
  • Laguncularia racemosa
I just wanted to post that picture quick while I had it handy because there are a few interesting plants there.

I might start rearranging this all soon to make a more permanent planting.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:57 PM   #735
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That Cyrtosperma johnstonii is a pretty amazing plant...

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