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The tank formally known as "Amazon Only"

Here are some shots of my 55 gallon. It was originally supposed to be an Amazon only tank, but in requesting (and receiving) my plants I put Congo Fern in the tank. That is from Africa, not South America... way to go. I also recieved a group of fish from a friend with a leaky tank. It had White Clouds in the group. So all around, I failed at my original idea. Now I am going for a pleasing look more then certain things. As always, opinios and thoughts welcome.









Flora includes:
- Lance-leaved Arrowheads (Sagittaria lancafolia)
- Congo Fern (Bolbitis hendeloti)
- Amazon Swords (Echinodorus amazonicus)
- Brazilian Pennywort (Hydrocotyle leucocephala)
- Giant Bacopa (Bacopa caroliniana)

Fauna includes:
- 1 Silver Hachet
- 1 Sterba's Cory
- 1 Albino Cory
- 3 Schwartz's Corys
- 5 White Cloud Mountain Minnows
- 5 Black Neons
- 1 Spotted Raphael Catfish
- 2 Common Plecos
- 1 Neon Blue Gourami
- 5 Otto's
- 4 Long-Finned Rosy Barbs

Specs:
55 Gallon
4 x 65 Watt JBJ CF lighting (on 10-12 hours a day)
4 bags Florite
HOB filter and Hot M.A.G.N.U.M canister filter running medium
standard heater (came with kit)

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You already know what I think - I think it looks great! That big old sword looks perfectly at home. I can't wait till it starts sending out runners for you and YOU have to find home for all those swords! I tried to warn you, bwah ha ha ha. :P 55 gallons are so hard to aquascape sometimes, but by using big tall plants like you did and really filling up the space you've created quite a pleasing 'scape. What do you have in mind when everything starts growing really well? Are there any other plants you want to try in the future?

D'oh about the bolbitus. In the back of my head I knew it was from Africa, but it just didn't click until you said something. Whoops!

I like your mix of fish. There will be plenty of good interactions and I think everyone will get along just great. The only worry I would have is sometimes I've heard of really big raphaels hunting for smaller fish at night. If something goes missing and his belly is nice and round in the morning... well you can put two and two together.


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I like your tank setup too. I also have a 55 gallon that I'm just starting off with and have learned so much already. My only other comment is with regards to your photography. Too much light! play around with the setting and see if you can reduce the white glare.


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I have a cheap camera, but I can take pretty decent pictures of my tank if I:

1) Black out the room, take pictures at night with the room lights off.
2) Tank lights on full blast
3) No flash

Try that and see if they are a little clearer.


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That was exactly how I did it Jen. I have to toy with it somemore. It might have something to do with the fact that my full blast lights are 4 x 65 watt JBJ CF's. They light the entire room and the kitchen. But as they say, go big or go home.
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HA! That's how much light I have on my 110 gallon!!! No wonder the sword looks so at home!

I've also tried to take the pictures more at a downward angle towards the tank. Sometimes this can reduce glare. You should see me, I'd be half way across the room, all the lights off, standing on a chair. I've gotten laughed at more than once


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Great looking Amazon Swords. Very impressed with the one on the right hand side. Give it time though and the swords will take over the tank. I had one in my 55gal and in about 6 months it took over half the tank and had roots from one side to the other side. They get huge!!
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That was exactly how I did it Jen. I have to toy with it somemore. It might have something to do with the fact that my full blast lights are 4 x 65 watt JBJ CF's. They light the entire room and the kitchen. But as they say, go big or go home.
try reducing the exposure time manually on the camera. This will allow you to get better clearer puictures! No flash!
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