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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-24-2008, 03:38 AM Thread Starter
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sadly the sand stuff did not work out! the flourite kept on getting in and it was just too much hassle, ended up covering the sand with a layer of flourite, lazy way out lol


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Are you running any CO2 on this tank? And what's the total wattage on your lighting?

I think you're going to have problems with most of the plants in there- the A. reineckii especially needs very high light plus CO2 to survive.

You'd probably have more success with your current setup if you stick with low light plants. There's a good list to choose from at the top of the Low Tech forum.

It looks great right now... I just think you need some more appropriate plants that are more likely to do well over the long haul in your tank.

I do like your DIY on that stand, very clean looking.





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I love the DIY stand you made.


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the stand looks amazing and the tank to good job--by the way my name is griffin to-is your name griffin?
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Are you running any CO2 on this tank? And what's the total wattage on your lighting?

I think you're going to have problems with most of the plants in there- the A. reineckii especially needs very high light plus CO2 to survive.

You'd probably have more success with your current setup if you stick with low light plants. There's a good list to choose from at the top of the Low Tech forum.

It looks great right now... I just think you need some more appropriate plants that are more likely to do well over the long haul in your tank.

I do like your DIY on that stand, very clean looking.

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>45Gallon
> 3+ WPG 6000K
>2x DIY CO2 with BELL (no fancy diffuser, see pic)
>1x DIY CO2 into filter
>pH 6~7
>Lights on for 10 hours (with blackouts in between)
>Substrate is Flourite
>Flourish excel given as per bottle instructions, some plantgro (iron) also given
>Age 2+ Months

Yes I am having trouble with Rosefolia A. Reinenckii. However it is getting better.


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Found a 45 gal tank? How lucky!

Love the DIY stand and hood you made on the cheap and I like how you finished off the corners so neatly. Very nice indeed!

Do I see an Anubias planted directly in the substrate? How long have you had it? It would be better tied to a rock or driftwood, since the roots need to be exposed.

I would also add a background. A very cheap one that I like is simple black construction paper from the dollar store.
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Looks good, my only constructive criticism is to use some of the flourite to cover up the sand you can see against the glass.
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Looks good, my only constructive criticism is to use some of the flourite to cover up the sand you can see against the glass.
haha damn it, i thought no one would notice, I was thinking of doing that but have been lazy, plus i dont want to stress out the neons!

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Do I see an Anubias planted directly in the substrate? How long have you had it? It would be better tied to a rock or driftwood, since the roots need to be exposed.
I have a whole bunch of anubias in my older tank, have about 6 years of anubias, ones about foot and a half long train!
its not directly planted, the rhizone part is above the substrate.


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the roots can be under the substrate (they are roots after all ) What has to be above the substrate is the rhizome (the green thing that has the roots and leaves coming out of it) Hope that helps .

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wow, you have a beautiful tank. I just think that the big driftwood stump you have on the right is obstructing the overall nice-ty of the layout.

Personally, i would opt for something branchy....
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that big driftwood was supposed to hide the filter/inlet/etc, however its turning into an eyesore too!!! However since these pics were taken, the woods been covered to a large extent by Mosses!

oh and those white co2 bells are gone and a new co2 diffuser is here! plant growth has increased! and algae is on the downward spiral (hopefully)

thanks for the comments!


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