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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2005, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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my oceanic cube tank

Here are some really poor quality photos of my Oceanic 40 gallon.
The co2 is in the cabinet (with the door closed )

I apologize for the blurry photos and the algae on the front :-)

http://defdog99.com/fish/index.html


ps. How does one get rid of the extremely bright light at the top of the plants ? Any camera settings would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2005, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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No comments ??

So is this a transpearant background Dutch style tank ??

Or just a hodgepodge that need trimmed...
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Looks nice, I would move the r. indica to the background, then add some kind of foreground plant. Dwarf hairgrass would look nice.
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Update. Apons and lillies propagating all over the tank.

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Aponogetons? Are you sure?

Looks like a bunch of super healthy Crypt. balansae to me.

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I am going to suggest a different color background to contrast your plants better. I must agree with the ever-loving frog re the balansae. You must be pleased with the tank. I have yet to find the room for such lillies.

I have never seen a tank this size. What made you select it? It makes for an interesting scape.
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How does one get rid of the extremely bright light at the top of the plants ? Any camera settings would be appreciated.
Sorry, meant to cover this in previous post. I am looking into the same sort of thing. I believe it is the exposure setting you should be tinkering with. There are some very informative sticky threads at aquaticplantcentral that you should have a look at.
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Your tank is a bit too unorganized and lacking focal point. You might want to reduce some of the big red plants. I mean each leaf is 1/10 the length of the tank and nothing stand out when you put it randombly across the tank with other large plants. You might want to work on the color also because you got like 50% red and 50% green plants in the tank, again nothing stands out because you got red in green and green in red. I suggest you reduce the number of large plants, put the rest in the background and add some foreground plants like Jdinh04 said. Sorry if I said too much .
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Thanks guys. Seeing the crinkled leaves made me think they were apons. But as we see, they are spreading via runners. apons are bulbs.

Also thanks for the criticisms.

The tank is a zero-ferts low maint tank. Kinda just growing slowly on its own. 1 balensae is now 60 or so.

You have to admit though, having a tank of those balensae, is a pretty unique look.

Everyone else has the glosso-floored amano look
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not everyone . . . and Amano has even gotten away from carpet foregrounds . . .

BTW-- is this a display tank? Or is it just for growing some lovely crypts/lilies?

It does the second one very well.

As a display, I don't think the problem is any of the things that Fish said-- what it's really lacking is mid-ground structure, and plant density. Create a strong mid-ground structure, and make the different plant groups more dense, and you got a good scape. Foreground plants are just for "wow" effect. The real trick is designing a strong mid-ground.
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