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Love this one.. Better than 99% of the overly fussed scapes out there. Just gorgeous, full of interest and colors.
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Thanks guys....I appreciate the compliments. This tanks was dismantled a few months ago, and restarted.

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Thanks guys....I appreciate the compliments. This tanks was dismantled a few months ago, and restarted.

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Whats the terrestrial/riparium plant? Taro? Philodendron? ..Arrowhead?
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This tank is/was amazing. I just read through the entire thread over the course of a week. I'm sad to see it go, but excited to see it in it's current incarnation. Any particular reason for the breakdown?
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AquaAurora: that is just some Saururus cernuus I kept from the old setup. The new tank is supposed to be a southeast Tennessee/northwest Georgia native design, and the plant fits. It becomes a bit too large, so I'm going to either replace it or trim it.

Thanks Hachi! Well, I thought know that the last setup had peaked, and I felt it was pretty accomplished design. It was published in two separate magazines, including Amazonas, had over 100,000 views on TPT, and the only challenge that I felt I had left was to see if I could keep the system stable for a long duration. I also used it to experiment with conditions and fertilizing variances. When all of that was done, there was little reason to keep it going, other than me just being lazy. I always like to keep trying new designs and setups so I can keep learning how different layouts and systems work, new fish and plant species, and so on. Otherwise, it ceases to be a hobby, and simply becomes another chore to do.

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Wonderful thread, wanted to add congrats! Excited to see where the new one goes.

My only bone to pick is that you've substantially added to the complexity of my new 90 build. After seeing this, I HAVE to try a riparium element You've already sent me into areas of garden centres that I've never visited before!

Thanks for being so generous with your knowledge.
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AquaAurora: that is just some Saururus cernuus I kept from the old setup. The new tank is supposed to be a southeast Tennessee/northwest Georgia native design, and the plant fits. It becomes a bit too large, so I'm going to either replace it or trim it.

Thanks Hachi! Well, I thought know that the last setup had peaked, and I felt it was pretty accomplished design. It was published in two separate magazines, including Amazonas, had over 100,000 views on TPT, and the only challenge that I felt I had left was to see if I could keep the system stable for a long duration. I also used it to experiment with conditions and fertilizing variances. When all of that was done, there was little reason to keep it going, other than me just being lazy. I always like to keep trying new designs and setups so I can keep learning how different layouts and systems work, new fish and plant species, and so on. Otherwise, it ceases to be a hobby, and simply becomes another chore to do.
Ahh I never had luck with lizard's tail. I tried it twice but it always arrived in bad shape in the mail it was usually dead/melted in a few days. if you replace it and consider selling it I'd love to give the plant one more try.
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Thank you, Adam. I think that adding Riparium type elements not only add to a scape, but are very beneficial as emergent plants tend to keep aquarium water extremely clean and significantly reduce algae issues. "Think outside of the box"!

Aqua: as a submersed species, it doesn't do well at all. In nature, you find it as a marginal species, so it definitely needs to be "wet," just not completely underwater. It does get surprisingly large, so I would recommend pruning, unless you want it to flower. I would be more than happy to share some cuttings with you.

Nick: thanks a lot, buddy. It's off to a nice start. Will be some time before it even approaches that level of the former setup. Then again, that was kind of one of the main points....to have a slower growing system so I don't have to worry about doing all sorts of trimming even on a weekly basis.
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Thank you, Adam. I think that adding Riparium type elements not only add to a scape, but are very beneficial as emergent plants tend to keep aquarium water extremely clean and significantly reduce algae issues. "Think outside of the box"!

Aqua: as a submersed species, it doesn't do well at all. In nature, you find it as a marginal species, so it definitely needs to be "wet," just not completely underwater. It does get surprisingly large, so I would recommend pruning, unless you want it to flower. I would be more than happy to share some cuttings with you.

Nick: thanks a lot, buddy. It's off to a nice start. Will be some time before it even approaches that level of the former setup. Then again, that was kind of one of the main points....to have a slower growing system so I don't have to worry about doing all sorts of trimming even on a weekly basis.
I did not try to keep it submersed. I kept it riparium style like yours: roots in water, stems/leaves above.. it just didn't seem to take shipping well so never lasted. Out of curiosity what humidity is the room your tank is in and the tank water's pH?
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Hi Aqua: sorry to make any assumptions. Mine seems to do well by keeping the main stem underwater, with the leaves coming out of the water. The main stem is submersed about an inch or so, and I currently have it "pinned" between rocks, though I would imagine that the roots would keep the plants in place by now. In my last setup, I had it much in the same position, but it had rooted in some moss.

The humidity varies between 28-65%, depending on the time of year. It's no doubt higher at the water line, but I don't do anything special to increase it. I had the fogger running a few years ago to help the plants above water transition and harden, but I haven't run that for a few years. In terms of pH and hardness, I really don't know. I don't take measurements for any of my tanks; rather, I use plant growth and aesthetics to get a rough idea of those two factors. Someone did ask for a water sample back a few years ago, which I sent. The results were a pH of 6.8, and a hardness of 4 I believe. I believe that those values are higher now since adding the fieldstone.....probably a pH in the neighborhood of the low 7's and a kH around 10. Just educated guesses though.
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