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Smile Sarahbobarah's 29g (8-22-05)

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Haven't messed with the tank for a while until today - some major pruning and this is what it looks like now. I should have taken before photos, but I had to do laundry.



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I've pretty much given up trying to "aquascape" and I'm just putting all the plants I like in, and right now, I'm into red.

And fuzzy.

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You did it perfectly Sarah, good photo.
Quite a variety of fish and plants, everyone seems happy and healthy and I also see you are the proud parent of some baby swords.
As soon as they show a few small roots they can be cut off and stuck in the gravel to stretch their legs

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Ah yes I see the picture- great shot. Tank looks great! As for constructive criticism, looks like you have plenty of light in the tank- foreground plants would do very well in there.


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Foreground plants are doing well..... when they're not being knocked out by cories!
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Looks like a good looking tank. As for the foreground plants, give it a bit more time. Once they're a bit more established the roots will hold them down and the cories won't be kicking them up.

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hi sarah, great tank!
what's the plant in front of the powerhead prefilter (i think that's what it is) in the back toward the right? not the grassy stuff on the far right, but the stuff just left of it that's kind of behind the little sword...

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The bulbs?
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Might be the Marsilea (four leaf clover) that you're referring to Oqsy?

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You may find yourself having to remove the swords in the next couple of months as they will tend to fill a 29 gal tank to capacity (spoken by someone whose initial 40g setup included 11 swords, includung 2 Red Rubins ).

Give it a chance to settle and you'll get a better idea on how the stem plants can be trimmed/relocated. Also, keep in mind that most here are constantly modifying their tanks...whether it be through new plant additions, plant removal, or relocation of existing plants. So it may take some time before you stumble upon a 'scape that really strikes your fancy...and even that may only last for a few months before the plants force your hand to try something new.

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Foreground plants are doing well..... when they're not being knocked out by cories!
A Botia kubotai tears my foreground plants out leaf by leaf.
Guess it is not fond of my aquascaping skills.
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i suppose it's the marselia... i always though marselia was a smaller-leaved ground cover similar to glosso.. that looks more like hydrocotyle with clover leaves...

i like very much... i'll be keeping an eye out for it

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That's the emersed form of Marsilea (discussed in another thread). You also get taller shoots of Marsilea like that in shaded areas of the tank.

Great start, Sarah. Lookin' good!
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One weekish later....

Here's the tank tonight. I think I'm getting the hang of taking these tank pics.



I moved some things around. Can you tell the difference. I would like to move the larger plants back more to create more depth, or should I just take them out and put finer-leaved plants in? I think the Amazons make the tank look small.

What do you guys think?
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I'd pull them out and replace them with something else (would do so with the Vals that you have in the back also). A 29 gallon is really small for most varieties of swords.

If you really like the look of these plants, then I would take a look at some of the smaller varieties of swords (or even Crypts.). Some other via replacements for these include Cyperus helferi and Crypt. balansae.

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Thanks, Ibn (who happens to live in the next city over ) I took your advice and put the swords in a different tank.

Over the past week, I was admiring my tank when something caught my attention. One of my plants, a purple-stemmed one, with purple serrated leaves, was missing all it's leaves! I thought it might be a terrarium plant, but there are new leaves growing. Then I saw what was happening. One of my angels was eating the leaves off! Only that plant? Nope! She's eating all the tips of the vals and sags! Grrr....

Stupid !

Ah well. Maybe if I feed her more she'll quit doing it.

So I now have an unidentified anubius, which I think may be lancealota, and cryptocoryn ciliata instead of the swords. I kept the vals in because they match the angels

Oh, and she ate one of my threadfins Turned around from the computer just in time to see a tail disappear in her mouth.
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