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mecgeorgeneo's 30 gallon love bucket... now 21 gallons

I took over this tank in may 2004 when my bf started his salt water tank.

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29 AGA glass tank
10 gallon DIY sump
DIY overflow
DIY CO2 (but soon to come pressurized tank!)
Eco-Complete
2x65w power compacts 6500k

Friends!
9 rummy nose tetras
5 neon tetras
5 harlequin rasboras
1 oto
1 sae
1 tiger pleco
1 honey gourami <3
9 amano shrimp
cherry reds


May 2004
***we have no friends in here because after we came back from vacation, the last fish died and the rest were previously hunted by our angel fish... RIP gouramis (blue, yellow, gold, dwarf, kissing, pearl) and angel fish.
we learned that this combo of fish does not work.


woo hoo amano shrimp in the bag! many escaped in the beginning we had to tape off the tank openings but now they're comfortable in their new home. and after buying more shrimp hehe.


July/Aug 2004
We found driftwood! I'm pretty sure these rummies all got sick and died


Oct 2004
We figured out how to get the riccia to grow


Dec 2004
Reaquascaped and still hunting for good plants
rummy population stabilized at 9


Jan 2005


March 2005
We switched to Eco-Complete!


Apr 2005
Yay rotala and ludwigia


June 2005


Sept 2005
I like this one the best. Ludwigia repens hot!


Jan/Feb 2006
I tore down my other 10 gallon tank so the neons got put in here

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right now we're waiting for plants to grow out more and waiting to get more plants.

we're planning to downsize this tank to a 15 gallon tank with sump in the near future. and i want metal halides but worried about cost...


April 2, 2006
Ludwigia repens is dead. In its place we have hygro, limnophila aromatica.
see the marimo ball in the right corner? its so cute! (sorry its kind of dark but the weather did not permit sunlight)


any ideas as to what the plant behind the limnophila aromatica is? (right side, red/green plant in front of hair grass and hagen ladder)

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Loving the hardscape. Boy that's alotta light...you can grow anything in there. All that fast growth must be curtailing the algae.

My suggestion for the rear might be a focal plant like echinodorus osiris since you don't seem to have any swords.

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plus the sae eats everything in sight. hes awesome.

we had some microsword before but it just wouldn't stay put. always found it floating around so eventually we ended up trashing it cuz no one picked it up.
but thanks for the suggestion- i'll look into the plant you're talking about.

i'm trying to find ludwigia ovalis to finish up my plant wish list. and i get some hm, rotala macandra, and more cherry reds this week woot! cant wait...

someones been nipping at the plants... do you think it could be the ramhorn snail? the bf says its the gourami but i dont think it leaves bite marks on the plants...

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some pics i took and help needed~

HM doing good


pretty


HELP
i think this is didiplis diandra? but its melting or turning brown... any solutions?


mayaca


red temple plant or alternanthera reineckii?

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red plant

Alternanthera reineckii or red temple plant
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Oh OH! Is that the HM I sent you??? Pretty! Looking real good!

Bristles, good ID on that plant, I was gonna say that.


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Yeah Jen, I posted that pic just for you! I'm waiting for the roots to grow tho...

Thx for the plant ID help. Perhaps I should take better pictures to make it easier to ID the 3rd and 4th plant.
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Your tank is overstocked . They should be in 40+ gallons. If you get rid of one of the schools of tetras/rasboras and oto and/or pleco, you would be fine.

But your tank IS very pretty... My 29-gallon is bleck...
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I am loving that tank.....very nice sense of depth.

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The pic right above the red temple is Mayaca and the didiplis diandra ID is correct, but I am not sure why its dying on you. What kind of Hydro is that beautiful red plant, it is wonderful and I would like to get some too!
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thanks for all the nice comments!


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Your tank is overstocked . They should be in 40+ gallons. If you get rid of one of the schools of tetras/rasboras and oto and/or pleco, you would be fine.

But your tank IS very pretty... My 29-gallon is bleck...
yeah i know it's overstocked but the rasboras school on top, while the rest of the fish school on the bottom. plus when we bought the rummies i was expecting half of them to die (thats what usually happens because they're caught in the wild usually using chemicals...) owell. they're happy. the tank has been running like this for about a year with no deaths, the water parameters are great, and theres plenty of swimming room due to the scape.
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The pic right above the red temple is Mayaca and the didiplis diandra ID is correct, but I am not sure why its dying on you. What kind of Hydro is that beautiful red plant, it is wonderful and I would like to get some too!
im not sure of the technical name but its red hygro. sorry. its going to be a while before i prune this guy, this plant had a rough start. ill let u know if i do tho...

thanks for the mayaca ID help! i hope the didiplis bounces back!
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What a transformation......great job~
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before


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i dont think i like all the red plants in the middle... it looks a bit strange. owell, next aquascape i will change.
hehe its dinner time for shrimpies!
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