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Mike's 36 Gallon progress (UPDATED 9/14/05)

Here are some pictures of 36 gallon tank. This was a free tank and all the plants came from a few of my other tanks.

FISH:
9-neons
1-female Endler
1-sae
2-ottos
1-convict, coming out very soon!!

PLANTS:
stargrass
microsword
green hygro
willow moss
java moss
java fern
rotala indica
amazon sword
ludwigia repens
moneywort

Here is how it looked day one: 6/01/05


and here is how it looks now: 9/08/05








I am very happy with the direction this tank has gone. Any comments, tips, hints or criticism are more than welcome, please let me know what you think.

Thanks for looking
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Mike,

Why-O-why is that unique and beautiful tank quarantined to your basement? You need to get that thing upstairs and replace those old hang-on-tank filters with a canister.

You've created a fantastic display. Now start treating it like one . Go now, and let me know when you are done .

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Mike,

Why-O-why is that unique and beautiful tank quarantined to your basement? You need to get that thing upstairs and replace those old hang-on-tank filters with a canister.

You've created a fantastic display. Now start treating it like one . Go now, and let me know when you are done .

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My thoughts exactly. I hope the family (wife, girlfriend, mother, whoever) didn't ban the tank to the basement considering it will probably take so much of your time away from them while its down there!!

That driftwood stump looks great...has a really natural feel to it. And the stargrass surrounding it gives it quite an artistic touch!! Nice.

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I know why its there Mike... it first started as an experiment AND every man needs a place to chill...

Very nice tank , love the open top look with that forest growing out ! The stargrass is a perfect choice for that wood... you get for this one.
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I am with Buck on this every man needs a place to get away and tinker


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Thanks for all the comments!!!
Buck..You are SO right. It started as " well I'll just throw these clippings in here" and turned into what you see today. As for it being in the basement, my 55 gallon is the only tank upstairs, the other 6 join this one in the basement (which is set up like a family room and my hide out from the wife and kid).

I am working on getting a canister filter for it, I'm just not sure which one I want.

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that looks great! i really like it. I wish i could get my stargrass to grow low like that.


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Looks great, I always have liked the open top tanks. Very good job.
One thing I would try is with that much stump exposed some emersed plants could be really fun.


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Wow, great job!!!

I second the emersed plants on stump idea! it would be awesome!!

Though I don't know what you'd choose. I think most terrarium plants would be burnt to a crisp under that much light and nothing increasing the humidity . . . Maybe african floating fern (water sprite) that has its roots reaching the water . . .
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Well a few changes have been made!
I received some Glosso from Random_alias on Friday. I hope I planted it the right way Hopefully it will take off and spread all across the front of the tank. Now you can see more of the rocks in front of the wood!!

Anyway, here are some pics:




Again, any comments, tips, hints or criticism are more than welcome, please let me know what you think.

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This tank looks awsome!! I love the wood and the rock combo!!!
The gloss should spread if you have enough light!

Keep up the good work
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Here are a few more pics. With the hanging light I get a ton of glare on the tank, even with all the other lights off. So, I tried to drop the light down onto the tank, I hope this looks ok. If the glosso doesn't take off the stargrass will be let to fill in the front again

Well here are the pics:








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hah be careful. Glosso, afterall, is a weed and under the right conditions (and high enough light), it will take over everything. I had some in my tank and it slowly worked its way around, strangling other plants out in the process! I even found runners in the back of the tank, amongst thick stem plant foliage! Anyway, good luck. You planted the glosso perfectly, just give it a little time. Post updates when it grows out more!

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Looks awsome man! I am jealous, Russell won't let me have more then one tank.

Given any thought to those emsered plants? maybe adding some plants around the tank so you have to move some leaves to look around into the tank might be cool. I am all for the jungle inside and outside of a tank.

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No I haven't given any thought to emersed plants I am just going to stick with one thing at a time......

Does anyone know how hard it is to breed neons? Or if it can be done? I would love to breed them and sell them back to the lfs....

Also, a little off topic, My Archocentrus myrnae has laid eggs!!!!!!! Sorry they are in another tank, I am just very excited!!
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