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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-21-2008, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Leaf Litter Theme

All My Plants Arrived this morning and i just finished replanting the tank after 3 hours.

I boiled a bag of 30 Almond Leaves for 1/2 hour kept the water full of rich almond goodness, to use as a conditioner for fighters and gouramis.
Then Slowly Layed them out on the gravel.

The spent an hour putting together the Vallis bunches and deciding where the plants were going to go.

The Fish love it and have been exploring all the new plants non stop.

Ohh and Also some shots of my new Find - Another Tailess Angel, But it looks like it has been bitten off as the edges are very rough.



















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should look pretty cool when it's more aged.
I think you have some mondo grass(terrestrial) there in the tank.


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i like your pearl gourami

the leaf litter looks a little unnatural, it looks like it would be somewhere dark (due to shade from trees which grew and droped the leaves) and full of branches/driftwood (from the same trees) which may have some moss or anubias or ferns, but few plants.

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Forgive me, newB here, what is the purpose of the almond leaves?

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i like your pearl gourami

the leaf litter looks a little unnatural, it looks like it would be somewhere dark (due to shade from trees which grew and droped the leaves) and full of branches/driftwood (from the same trees) which may have some moss or anubias or ferns, but few plants.
i agree with this assessment. this could be a really cool theme, but i would also suggest getting some more leaves, cutting down the light and pulling much of the greenery to get a more sparse planting.

i would be especially-inclined to jettison the more gawdy plants, especially that variegated thing and the red stuff. a few of those vals in the background would look good scattered around within the leaf litter.
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Forgive me, newB here, what is the purpose of the almond leaves?
Almond leaves will add tannins (organic acids) to the water and some say it has medicinal purposes to keep the fishes healthy..


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Once there's tannin in the tank, it should look more natural.. Maybe break up the big leave up a bit and maybe have a black background.


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nice fish!
I agree w/crabcake & marko. More leaves. More driftwood. Less plants. Less light. Something more like this perhaps:
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Thanks for all the Impu Guys. This will evolve in time. bu this is just the 1st Scape.
there is not much lighting in the tank, just 1 tube.
I am growing some floating plants to add more shade and make shaded areas.
I will remove the mondo grass, was suspicous when adding it that it looked terrestrial.
I have loads of Bogwood and twigs that i can add. but wanted to have all the plants in the back and have tons of open swimming space.
i might add some of the Almond water to darken the tank soem more and see how that looks.

1 thing though, I am not sure about Tanins and Bumblebbe Shrimp and Chery shrimp. these are arriving soon.


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Yes, more floating plants will definitely help. Good call.
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most shrimp shouldnt mind, they like acidic water (around 6.5 i think).

and thats a good idea with floating plants, nitrate removal with a natural look. duckweed would work great (since it is very common in forests and would look natural), but be sure you want it there first because once its in the tank, it stays in the tank.

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Nymphoides sp. lilies would also work great. N. indica grows well under aquarium light and it also produces very pretty flowers. the leaf stems of that plant would look cool emerging up through the leaf litter.
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i like your pearl gourami

the leaf litter looks a little unnatural, it looks like it would be somewhere dark (due to shade from trees which grew and droped the leaves) and full of branches/driftwood (from the same trees) which may have some moss or anubias or ferns, but few plants.
Crazy as it may seem, many bodies of water are flowing and carry things from one place to another. Leaves float for quite a while and can journey hundreds, even thousands of miles from their original location. Just food for thought.
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yep, but the floating ones arent the ones on the substrate
lol i know, i know, it takes time for them to sink (but they wouldnt get thousands of miles, maybe a hundred max. any river strong enough to move that fast would have rapids to strong for the leaves to stay floating).

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I've added 1 litre of Almond Leaves Water and the tank is alot darker now, loads of tannins came out of the leaves.
I don't think Tannins would affect Guppies/Endlers would it, as a few of the males/females are gasping at the sruface.


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Guppies and endlers are black water fish, so they don't mind tannins, but a rapid change in pH could affect them.
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