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29 gallon at 6 weeks (no 56k)

This is my first attempt at a planted tank and I wanted to post some pictures and expose it to some scrutiny. I know that I am not the best aquascaper and that my tank will be overstuffed in time but I like the over stuffed look.

29 gallon
2x65wt pc
20lbs eco
15lbs flourite onyx (liked the look better so its on top)
whisper 60
diy yeast bubbled into whisper

Plants:
Echinodorus "red flame"
Echinodorus tenellus
Heteanthera zosterifolia
Vesicularia dubyana
Ludwiga glandulosa
Alternanthera reineckii v. roseafolia
Bacopa myriophylloides
Gymnocoronis spilanthoides

Fish:
12 Black Neons
10 Neons
3 otos
1 sae
1 Farowella
1 stowaway ghost shrimp

I am going to also add a trio of triple red apistos and will possibly remove a set of the neons when that happens.
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nice!!! only thing, i dont really like the pots... are they to let the java moss grow on? looks awesome otherwise!

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The pots are for the apistos to spawn in. I agree though they don't look great but in this case its function over form.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-18-2005, 01:32 AM
 
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Wow, everything's looking squeaky clean.

Keep it up!
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I love the look. Try to grow those plants out a little bit more, so you won't have the straight look at the pots.

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yeah I agree about hiding the pots. I am hoping that the java moss covers the ones on the right and usually the stargrass on the left hides the one in back but I had just trimmed off about 2 inches from the top and sides so it exposed the pot. I also just planted a Ludwiga stem in front to help hide the pot.
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Looking good dude-- I can see where you're coming from with the pots + apistos. Well, it might have been possible to choose a piece of wood that makes caves, but the specimen you got there is quite jnice.

You might be interested in this idea though: One of Amano's tanks in his volume one book was completely dedicated to breeding dwarf cichlids. He created a pyrimid of stones in the middle, and covered it with anubias. The pyrimid made lots of little caves, and the dwarf cichlids paired off and picked different caves as their territories. Granted, the lay out means that the fish are often not visible, but it was an effective (and in my opinion beautiful) idea.
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Nice lookin growth and the tank will look super when it fills a bit. I was never much a fan of A. reineckii , its such an overpowering red especially in large patches in small tanks, but thats just my personal quirk. It draws your eyes away from the rest of the tank.
Great job on the health of the plants though, its a very fresh looking tank.
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Thats a good suggestion greenmiddlefinger. It would have looked much better to try and use rocks or wood. I took the easy route though with the pots thinking that they would hopefully be hidden when the tank matured. I like the A. reineckii but I do agree that it is a little overpowering. When the sword in the middle grows out I may remove some of the A. reineckii to thin out that bunch.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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