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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-15-2005, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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Evolution: From ARLC to Planted Tank (56K Warning!)

Going through my old pics I was amazed at how much my tank has changed since I first decided to start experimenting with plants. I've found enough pictorial evidence to conclude that I am now thoroughly hooked. The following pics should illustrate my conversion. The first pic is from July of 2004, the last from December, 25th of 2004.








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The last pic was from Christmas night and things have changed even more since then, but I don't have any good pics of late. I'll post a recent pic when I get a chance. Sorry for sucking up all of your bandwidth

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Wow.

Double wow at the fact you're able to keep plants with mbunas.


I'm playing around with the idea of a hybrid planted-ARLC tank (55g, I know, not enough depth), but I want viable low-light options. I'll probably stock with A.nana petite, java ferns, vals, a dwarf sag carpet, crypts (as long as they don't tear into them too much). Any pointers?

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I could say so many things but two stand out:

1] Don't worry about what you think they might eat, just try it, it's worked well for me.

2] OK, they will eat a few things Stay away from vals and Java moss. They'll eat the vals and will shred the Java moss just becasue they enjoy the sport of it. Most other plants, crypts especially, I've had good luck with. Without CO2 your choices will obviously be limited, but don't let the hard water warnings you read on other sites scare you. There are a few plants that I've found that don't seem to tolerate the hard water well (R. macrandra, L. pantanal) but most plants will grow in hard water pretty well regardless, and the lack of CO2 will dictate what you can or can't grow much more strongly. Pretty much anything that you can grow without CO2 should work, just don't let it get any algae on it or they will go after it. I think that may be the secret

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Beautiful progression of a setup. Best looking one that I've seen so far that involves bowl rocks. You can really see the different plants and layouts change in the pictures, all of which are very impressive.

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I would have rather seen you incorporate these photos into your "Tank Journal" Travis where a few are allready posted.

Jeeez, I even gave you some stars over there...
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Nice changes man, I love the carpet stuff at the bottom makes it feel like the fish can bounce on it. Keep it up!
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Great pictorial of the history of your aquascape!!!

It would be even greater if you could include the names of the plants size and parameters of your very nice aquascape.


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Amazing metamorphosis!


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wow....great tank travis!.... and yeah you should start a joournal...

looks Great!

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Man, this is the whole reason I started the idea of photo journals here - I absolutely love seeing the change from bare tank to lush planted tank.

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Simply stunning! That is a beautiful aquarium. Congrats!

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awesome progression! I love how you have mbunas in there, I've never seen such a densely planted tank with any sort of african cichlid.
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Thanks guys I just wish more people were keeping plants with mbuna so I could get some feedback on what is working for others instead of having to figure it all out myself

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What an amazing tank travis!! Looks like you spend alot of time on it, an it really shows! Love the path to the back of the tank.
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It's neat seeing the progression. Thanks for the pictorial. Great lookin' tank!
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