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Sarah's 15g that she thought was 20g.

Or: Sarah's guppy farm.



I just set it up last weekendish, and since it's upstairs in my room, I'm hoping I won't be messing with it as much as I've messed with my other tanks.

Now we wait....
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-05-2005, 12:06 PM
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Hey, you said you are a non-aquascaper... This does look scaped!

I like the natural look of the gravel. I like the driftwood a lot, but not its placement. It is still drifting!

Hope the swords stay compact for a while. They have a nasty habit of growing...

(Photo tip: Perhaps if you reduce shutter speed or aperture or whatever one step, the image will look a little more saturated, less washed out.)

While waiting, would you like to share some info, like... light, CO2, any supplements to the gravel?


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ooo looks like a good start with all that wood i think you should eventualy cover it with a nice moss. Looks nice, can't wait to see it when everything is grown in
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I like the driftwood placement along with the substrate, its starting to get me! Some moss or some sort would look nice on the wood.
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I got confused at the store and thought I was buying a 20gL but then it turns out it's a 15g.

So everything in it is sposed to be for a 20gL. THe light I'm using is a coralife CF 30" 65 watts. The substrate is my own special mix - LOL... it's made out of leftover substrates from tanks I set up as well as tanks I've recently torn down. If I had to guess, I would say it's anout 1/3 Shultz pond plant substrate, 1/3 some other brand of pond plant substrate, and 1/3 gravel from HD.

It's got a big Duetto filter and an aquaclear powerhead reactor with DIY mini CO2 reactor.

The plants are
C. Balansae
Blyxxa
Ozelot sword (baby ones growing out)
Bolbitis
C. Wendtii
C. Lutea
A fuzzy one in the right front corner
and some random plant clippings from my other tank.

I usually set up a tripod for the reduced shutter speed, but I was too lazy to go downstairs to find it.
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I also just read your other thread about not being an aquascaper and when I saw this pic I thought "And she lies!" :P

I like the way the driftwood is "floating", very nice and natural. And I love guppies

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I agree I really like the way the driftwood is "drifting" across the middle of the tank.


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I like the driftwood a lot, but not its placement. It is still drifting!
what I like how it is!
that is the same as one of mine
http://photobucket.com/albums/y88/ne...=tanksmall.jpg
although my tank is full of loaches
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Update. 3 months later, I've finally succeeded in growing java moss.




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I like the natural look of the tank, how many male/female guppies do you have? Do you have any other fish in that tank? I think you need some bottom feeders to liven up the bottom portion of the tank.
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It sure does look "scaped"...I do like the guppy look...its been sooooo long since I've had them! The java log is a great touch too!!

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So someone accused me of not updating enough.
Well, here's my 15 gallon tank. Check out the mad hair algae



here's a closeup



and here's even closer




There was too much fluff to salvage the java moss and pelia under it so...



and some views from the top:



and I like this shot just because:



Oh yeah: here are the specs:
15 gallon long
65 watt coralife CF for 12 hours per day, and direct sunlight from the right/front for about 4 hours every afternoon.
Fluval 404
Leaf Zone dosed per directions 1 x week
jungle CO2 system 1 tab/ day (got it for free so might as well use it)
livestock: about 5 guppies, 2 limpets, and pond snails.
plants: marsilea quadrifolia, crypt wendtii, lileopsis brasilianis, 2 other unidentified crypts, java fern, potomageton gayii, lotus bulbs, micranthemum, rotala walichi, anubius nana, and phyllanthus fluitans.


This tank is upstairs in the bedroom, so I don't pay that much attention to it.
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I had exactly the same problem, Sarah! I was actually looking at your previous pic and thinking "she doesn't have any thread algae in her moss, lucky her!". But not to be.. thread algae and moss seem to go hand in hand I think.
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I had the same problem with my moss. Nice and thick like yours. The thread algae in my shrimp tank vanished after I let duckweed cover the top and block the light for a month or so.

Whether or not duckweed is a better or worse problem is another matter.

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