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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-17-2005, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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I transformed my barebottom tank to now what is now planted tank. I hope you like it. My idea Planted Tank is to assimilate Brazil's rivers/lakes. The species found in my tank varies from angelfish to discus.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-17-2005, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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75g FW
fluorescent lighting: 4 tubes 65 each (12,000 lumens)
Vortex XL & Emperor 400 filtration
airstone (rena 400)
no co2
some eco-complete substrate mixed with natural stones
plants: riccia fluitans, amazon swords, cryptocornes, tall hairgrass
green claystones and red claystones
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...some cleanup crew to help lower the algae buildup (occasionally on the glass I get green hair algae also on the plants).
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Riccia is a tough plant to install (at first). I had to wound and rewound the plant around the driftwood. After one hour of settling, I found the floating particles clumped in one corner of the tank. I will leave it there. The fish likes to eat some of it so..I don't mind.
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Updated photo includes the shales (green and red).
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I really love that discus on the lower left part of the tank in the 2nd to last shot.

Yes! I snuggle with rats!
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I really love that discus on the lower left part of the tank in the 2nd to last shot.

Thanks!! That is a Wild Royal Blue. Got it from a fish shop near me and was sold to me as a "Wild Brown".

Here now is the last update of the tank. I removed most of the stones. Got tired of the look. I made it more condensed but still fish has enough hiding spots. Since I rearranged it in this style, I've had over 4 spawns and plenty of fryeggs but all got eaten.

Thanks for looking.
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The arrangement I call it is A Center Aquatic Floral Piece.
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Here's a large overhead view of the tank.
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As you can see, this is much easier to clean and still is beauty to the beholder.

Enjoy. Feel free to post comments and pictures here.
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what are those 3 potatoe looking things hanging on strings in there?
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what are those 3 potatoe looking things hanging on strings in there?
Those are stones from Asia. I believe they are uncut, unrefined jade stones (???). They have the same feel, texture, coolness, hardness and colors like jade. I hang them outside the tank along with the crystal balls and a rosary cross of Jesus Christ.
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A little unconventional, but if the plants and fish are happy and it give you pleasure, that's what counts.
Do you run your Votex 24/7?
Why?
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A little unconventional, but if the plants and fish are happy and it give you pleasure, that's what counts.
Do you run your Votex 24/7?
Why?
Not always. I usually have the pipes hanging, but I'm removing them soon. I run it maybe now once a month, or when ever I skipp on the water changes. It really is overkill to have the Vortex XL but I like the powder the most. It kills the ickies (water ticks) immediately.

And yes, the fish are happy! And owner, too.
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