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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Pandora... WP's half-empty 36

Actually most of my tanks remind me of little protected alien worlds. This one is a bit stranger than the others...



This corner bowfront started out as a typical "nature aquarium" setup, and was later changed to a rockscape.

Recently I had to move this tank. To prevent damage, I removed most of the water, disconnected CO2 and heater, and it stood in a corner for many weeks, just lit by a 15W T8 bulb. Plants didn't grow much, but the tank had an amazing clarity to it.



With the lowered water level some of the plants that grew on rocks turned emersed. Initially, the leaves of Java Ferns and Anubias dried out a bit. Some didn't recover, but others started to look better.

This was when I realized it would be nice to observe how our plants fare outside of their usual element.



So I redirected the outflow of my mighty AC30 to overflow the "main rock". This isn't entirely beautiful, I just haven't found a nicer looking outlet yet.

From there, I started to throw some aquatic plants into that area. You can see the Ceratopteris fern which I knew would do well in air. New Windelov leaves shooting out everywhere. There is some Marsilea that seems to be a bit angry about the missing nutritious substrate, but otherwise looks not bad.



Anubias does great, you can see the older leaves (spot alga) as well as newer ones. Lindernia, Pearlweed, Pellia, mosses... there is much more... this is actually fun. Let me know what you think.


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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 11:07 PM
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Very nifty. Is there anything under there holding the mass up or is it just floating? It definitely has turned out very natural looking.
This fun you speak of... I got some of that too when I started the riparium. Its definitely interesting to move into the unknown and see how things work themselves out. I can't wait until this spring when I can walk into any terrestrial plant retailer and just try things that look cool.


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It is a lava rock like this one, just much bigger, reaching up to about 2/3 of the tank height.



Over time, it has overgrown with Java Ferns and Anubias. So it's not very visible, especially in FTS's. I'll post more pics in the future where the submersed part becomes better visible.


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what is that plant right in the center of that lava rock?


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A sprig of Marsilea got stuck there. Not happy about the lack of a rich substrate, but holding on nevertheless. In front, I planted Lilaeopsis mauritius/mauritiana. Everything in that picture is really much smaller than you think.



This tank is non-CO2, but gets some macros and micros. It is unheated too. Different.


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I like it it looks nice and natural. Is there any fish in this tank?
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A sprig of Marsilea got stuck there. Not happy about the lack of a rich substrate, but holding on nevertheless. In front, I planted Lilaeopsis mauritius/mauritiana. Everything in that picture is really much smaller than you think.



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Told you it's a weird tank. No fish in it. The only prominent animal can be spotted in the full tank shot (first post)... can you identify it?



Just another picture... if you look closely, you can see Pellia "leaves" emerge from where the moss is growing.



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I spy an upside down amano right at water level

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Good eyes, that's it. Just this always-full-of-eggs Amano shrimp, contemplating whether to move upstairs or not.

Some pictures of the transitional area --





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Well, I had a feeling we weren't in kansas anymore...

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The newest inhabitant...



The lava rock that holds all that emersed growth. Note the Anubias roots growing downwards.



Another view of the underwater part.



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Thats the white cloud baby from your plywood tank, right? Very cute!!
I really like the picture of the anubia roots... looks like some pretty healthy growth there

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Thanks!

She's half an inch long, and very hard to photograph. But growing a little every day.


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I am still having a blast with this tank. Maybe because it is so different than all the aquariums I had before. Maybe because it is so very low maintenance.



Lindernia 'Variegated' doesn't seem to care whether it grows in or out of the water. Of course there isn't a trace of algae on the emersed leaves. Some of the Water Sprite leaves are turning a bit brown. Not sure if it is lack of humidity, or nutrients. New leaves are looking good though, and if you look closely, you can see baby ferns emerging.



Windelov Java Fern is changing its leaf shape to a more filamentous, deeper cut growth.

The WC minnow baby has almost doubled in size since the last update. Tail is turning red, and the iridescent green/blue line is still present.


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