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UPDATE: March 17 '06 re-'scape on Betowess's 90 (56K Warning)

I finally joined photobucket so its easier to post a decent journal. So I just redid this on October 17th....

I just got back from a nephew's wedding in England and was fairly surprised by the growth after 9 days. I did a major water change before I left and found very little algae on the glass. Obviously, the plants are out-competing the evil green. Also here are some pics of the tank with some moon lights I put in the spill light screen. The moon lights are not as bright as the camera infers, and are the Current USA $15 first and $12 add-on variety. I really like having these moon lights, but the jury is out whether I keep the blue moon...



The screen looks like a hood. I've major pearling happening as I write and alls well for now, though I'm due for a major clipping. The pictures show an October 3 shot and you can compare to an October 12 shot to see what a week in Bath, England can do.

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That ambulia grows like crazy. I finally yanked 99% of the water lettuce floating on top and that is my guess why I'm now getting such growth. I really liked watching the water shimmer with moving water lettuce and the moon lights, but the water lettuce reproduces so fast and blocks too much light...

There is also a picture of the tank and stand without the tank lights on.



Here is a picture of the tank shortly after a re-start. The cause of the start over was a persistant red algae and some corrupted Eco complete. This is about two or three months ago. I don't remember exactly when.



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beautiful tank!
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what (on earth) is that red plant on the left??!?! It looks amazing! Caught my eye immedietly since I have never seen it before!
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Thanks guys. The big red one is a red tiger lotus of the lily family. The little one behind it is alternanthera reineckii pink. If you trim the lotus of big leaves such as on the top, I have read one can train it to stay lower and not to grow such gigantic leaves. Since this is a re-emerging one from a bulb whose first growth was rotted off by a stem fungus some months ago, I elected to let it go all out for the time being. But trimming will happen fairly soon. bob





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Hey Bob, who made the stand?

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Hi Troy, I made it out of 3/4 Birch/Maple. Used the birch side and beefed up the insides with double layers of donut 2x4s (one in the middle and one on each end). Way overkill as it will hold a pair of mating elephants, I am sure. Used a red oak stain... about 3 coats and then a couple of overcoats of polyurethane. It looks better in person than in these pics which were color corrected on a laptop at home. bob





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Nice, thank you for sharing
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Thanks, I''m really glad to share. Seems i learned almost everything on this forum and one other, and also from Rex Grigg. But I'm still growing the easy plants at this point. I had a nasty outbreak of red algae and got a batch of the corrupted Eco when I launched this tank. I had to re-start it a few months back, ugh... Now, finally its fun to have a large tank. And I love watching my Bosemani Rainbowfish. Those and clown loaches are my favs. bob





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love the stand you did a great job there.


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Hey, thanks Donald. Someday I'll post some pics I took while building the stand. I'm fairly confident its earthquake proof, if our house doesn't fall on top of it. But I have to admit about halfway through, when the top wasn't perfectly level thanks to a misaligned saw, I was thinking I should have bought one of the All Glass Aquarium stands. But I was able to fix it with some sanding etc. And the tank sits on some of that one inch pink construction foam to be safe. bob





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A few years back I built a new stand for my 55 I really think it could support an elepant, when I bought my 125 earlier this year I was shocked at how light weight it is, nowing how my stand was built and know what is holding up the 125 I keep expecting to hear a crash as it comes down. DIY is so much better.


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I would agree here, very nice piece of work. My main aquascaping dilemna at the moment concerns my java fern. I see you have what appears to be a lot more depth (back to front) than I do. Because of this I find it hard to keep the fern in check as right now it extends from the front to the back. I like the look of your fern. When you have time I would appreciate you listing your flora.
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But I'm still growing the easy plants at this point.
There are no hard plants and easy plants... there are more "common" plants and "rarer" plants. Light is usually the biggest drawback on the rarer plants, we dont all spend the $$$ it takes for the proper lighting... LOL

Anyways... I would rather see a lush ,healthy tank full of "easy" plants grown to their potential then a tank full of moderately grown "hard" plants as you call them.

Great job, nice tank !
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There are no hard plants and easy plants... there are more "common" plants and "rarer" plants.
Me and my L. glandulosa might tend to disagree with the Buckman on this point...
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Thanks so much Jart and Buck. You guys just made my day. Lets see... I have asian ambulia (Limnophila aquatica) in the back right, and it has just about smothered two starts of wisteria (hygrophila difformis) which are still down there hanging on. That surprised me, but ambulia seems really invasive.

I bought some egeria, sunset hygro, and wisteria to control algae when I re-launched. A month later I yanked out the egeria, but still find some every once in awhile.

Infront of the ambulia is Rotalla indica on the right and then Sunset hygro which is also on the far left. Center-ish is the Java which is constrained a bit by a large piece of bogwood. The bog wood may be hard to see in the pictulated image. There is also some non-visible Anubias var. 'nana' left of the Java. Behind the Red tiger lotus (Nymphaea lotus var. rubra) is some Alternanthera reineckii and some (non visible) struggling red ludwegia. I can't seem to grow ludwegia in my water yet. I may be PO4 deficient?? Infront of the java is a little bit of Pearlgrass (hemianthus micranthemoides...aka Baby tears).

I also keep a little water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes). But I have to yank it out often. I give it and cuttings to the owner of a LCFS (C stands for Cichlid) who sold me six Rainbowfish for $25 and gave me a great deal on the 90 gallon. For Washington state guys its Conway Tropical Fish. He keeps healthy fish. I think he feeds his Cichlids with my cuttings. Thanks again. bob





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