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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-22-2006, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Talking New pics of 29 gal... rearranged!

Just rearranged my 29 gallon tank... I think I'm the only one here with blue gravel, but I like it!
This is a "before" pic:


And now, my "Atlantis":


I think this set up shows the plants a lot better. I'm still not totally happy with it... it's missing.... something. But I like it a lot better and it seems brighter! I think the fish like it too! Any body have any ideas on how to improve?

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Another of the tank...

Nice one of the Java Fern and Sprite, the Silver Lyretail Molly...

The non-aquatic mondo grass and the Dalmation Lyretail Molly, Shade...

The Dwarf Puffer in front of his Temple.

One of the new guppies hiding in the plants...

The tetras look brighter too!

A little blurry of Sprite, Shade, and Puff... but the plants are clear!

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not sure on your lighting, but it might seem as you need more wattage. i'd then go for a lawn around your atlantis
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I would lose the airstone. Your plants will thank you.

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Cool Thank you for your suggestions.

Keep 'em commin'! LOL. This afternoon, I rearranged the tank, bringing the swords more to the center, so they get more light. I've also ordered a kit with two, 28W CF bulbs... so that will up the wattage. I also will remove the air stone, or at least not run it as much (will that work as well?)

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The only problem with the air stone is that it is letting the co2 out of the water, so by not having the air stone running the plants benifit by having an increase of co2 concentrations. But if you would like you could run the air stone at night since the plants do not need the co2 at night.....hope it helps
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It'ds nice to see a tank now and then that isn't completely natural with ornaments, but also plants. And don't remember ever seeing one here actualy!
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I like there Atlantis look! I would try to 'scape it more to add depth. Maybe contour the grave or at some more hardscape... some tall background plants would be nice too, maybe something in red to contrast with the blue gravel?

I like your community fish too. good choices.

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Thank you everyone for your comments & suggestions! I really appreciate it! I was thinking the same thing, Alohamonte, I would really like to add some taller plants. This is a picture of what it looks like now:


It just seems way to "blah" there in the top/center... So, I Need taller plants for the back. Any suggestions?
(And I know the Mondo grass isn't aquatic.... but I REALLY like it! Is there anything that is similar and aquatic?)

Thank you all for your continued input!
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I just thought this was a really cool pic:
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How much light do you have? Dosent look very bright. That sword in the last photo is looking so good. You need to add some more plants if you have enough light, you are going to have algae problems soon, very different looking tank that is for sure


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right now i have 17 watts over 29 gallons (tall), but whenever UPS gets thier butt here, I will have 56W over 29 gallons.
I do want to add some more plants. Any suggestions? Like i said in an earlier post, I would really love an "Aquatic" Mondo grass. LOL

Why do you say I am going to have an algae problem soon, Bigstick? Because of all the light I'm about to add?

Also, do you have any suggestions for adding CO2?
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It would look realy cool if you tied some moss to the ornaments. It would look like vines. Only problem is that you would have to trim it a lot.
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I tried "weaving" the Rotala (?) through the temple's pillers, but that was when the bubbler was on, and it kind of destroyed the "vines." Perhaps I will try it again now that the bubbler has gone... (Like Lil Boy Blue suggested)
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I thought you weren't supposed to bury the rhizome of a java fern? Or was this just anubias. If your not supposed to put the rhizome in, i saw in your picture that it was buried. Otherwise it looks great. Wish i had dwarf puffers


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With 56 watts you could do DIY with 1 or 2 soda bottles. You need more plants to help ward off algae. With the added light you will really want more plants. Grassy plants that you could try, blyxa japonica, dwarf sag, all may grow in low light


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