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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2006, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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First Try...

... both at planted tank and posting a photo. This is our new 65g (250l) tank; sparse in fish at the moment (3 angels and an SAE with lots of snails). Plants include the red rubin centerpiece, a few green cabomba, several anubias (one on the right is flowering!), some jungle vals, Ludwigia repens, Ludwigia arcuata, two ozelot swords, an Apo crispus, water sprite (with a recent flat top buzz cut), a melon sword, and some early growth Marcilea minuta. Maybe one ort two others that I've forgotten. We're progressing but not without some challenges with various algae. But from what I read on these forums, it seems that this is not out of the ordinary.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2006, 01:27 AM
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What a beautiful first try!
I just launched a 90 gal for the first time, and it is full of ugly fast growing stems, so I dare not post it until it is cycled
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2006, 01:43 AM
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Great start, the overall look of the scape works really well and should look great once it starts to fill in. Nice work.
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Nice job Don! All us newbie got to look out for each other! Keep us updated.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2006, 03:42 AM
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I would add some about 50 fast growing stems in the back to combat the algea in the cycling process. You might find that you will loose those slow growing plants in the initial battle or they will take on alot of damage. I learned the hard-way and I wished That I had all those fast growers in the beginning.

For example I set up a 10g shrimp tank and stocked it wish +25 stems of hygro for the cycling period. Algea is very sparse and any that has showed up has quickly wilted away.

Another example. My 30g high-tech. I clearly did not have enough stems in there to cycle it. And 7 month later still struggling with the algea the was able to establish in my tank.

Its seems much better to take preventative measures for the algea from day one then have to combat it later after it has had time to establish.

Fight now and you will have an easier time later.


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that sword in the centre is going to look brilliant when it gets some size to it.
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Agreed with ryzilla, worry less about looks now and more about stuffing the tank full of stem plants and/or floaters.

That said, it looks really great!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-11-2006, 01:19 PM
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Wonderful looking tank. You might be the next Amano. It looks great.

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