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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 09-03-2008, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Blyxa, anyone?

I just thought I'd post a quick pic of my expansive field of Blyxa japonica; most I've ever seen anyways. The tank is a month old now and obviously has a long way to go (not the least of which is the fact that the rest of the driftwood still hasn't sunk in the bin it is soaking in...). Should look real nice when stuff fills in and I add a new Blyxa sp. my buddy sent me that should show up tomorrow and a few other cool spp. I'm adding. Due to the Blyxa trio (alternifolius, aubertii, and japonica), I'm calling the tank "Eternal Blyx."

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Is that a 75 mac? any close ups of the alternifolius?

Is that wisteria in the foreground? I have seen that done before. Looks very cool, but alot of work.


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Yeah Glenn, it's a 75g (my 75g Mbuna tank > 55g Mbuna tank, which freed this one up). I'll post pics of the alternifolius once I get it. It looks like this. That's Ranunculus inundatus in the foreground, not Wisteria; "Lots of work" and "mac" don't go well together.
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Added 8 ottos. Will be adding a school of tetras soon.

A week later photo update with better WB:
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That looks great! Makes me hate the fact that I stunted the last wallichi that I had.


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I freakin' love this tank, mac. There's something simplistic in the design that makes it just sing, man....really nice work.
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Thanks MrJG and Cole. This is my first big tank, and it's been somewhat trying on me limiting the number of species with all the space I have to work with - I plan on cutting the number of species down yet further. Collectoritis and Aquascaping involve largely conflicting goals, and more often than not, less is more.
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B. auberti, angostifola, and japonica
C. balansae and retrospiralis
H. difformis 'variegated'
L. aromatica
L. brevipes
R. wallachi, indica and verticalaris
Ranunculus inundatus
and that lonely stem of Polygonum sp. 'Sao Paulo'

Oh, and the friggin rest of the friggin driftwood is still friggin floating. <sigh>

MrJ: Wallichii needs diligent dosing, especially iron, or it stunts.
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Gotcha. I put it in the tank a bit early i believe while I was still working out the fert regime and lighting (burst) periods. Looked great for a while and when it hit the wall it was a goner. I'm trying to work on stocking my tank (fauna) now or I'd be all over your swap & shop post.

I have a few stems of the Difformis 'variegated' as well. They seem to be getting very bold white coloration on the tops but not so much on the rest of the leaves. Have you found that this is the same case for you?


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I have a few stems of the Difformis 'variegated' as well. They seem to be getting very bold white coloration on the tops but not so much on the rest of the leaves. Have you found that this is the same case for you?
Mine won't be arriving for a few weeks yet.
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very nicely done. I did something similar once with a 50 gal. I had a large piece of wood drowning in java fern on one side, the Blyxa in the middle, and Hygro 'compact' on the right. If I remember correctly, my Blyxa lawn stretched about 2 1/2 feet. My loaches loved the lawn as they could swim around freely underneath day or night and felt very comfortable.
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Thanks - it will be better when the Rotala verticalaris grows out - I've been cutting shoots and replanting for a month now and there are finally enough propagated to fill in the area I'd intended.

I could use a loach myself if it weren't for the aquisoil. Some plants I bought infected me with a few pond snails and now there are bajillions of them. The CO2 mist makes them float and I can scoop them out easy to feed to my Keyholes, but they are still annoying.

What do folks think about plain ol' Black Skirt Tetras for this tank? The plants have so much color that bright fish might be too much. I can get some of the long-finned variety for 85 cents a piece, which is nice...
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all that blyxa looks awesome. and i like the black skirt tetra idea.

penguin tetras might also look really nice.
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...I could use a loach myself if it weren't for the aquisoil.


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What do folks think about plain ol' Black Skirt Tetras for this tank? The plants have so much color that bright fish might be too much. I can get some of the long-finned variety for 85 cents a piece, which is nice...
Nicely done! Diamond Tetras would look sweet in there -- They tend to be kind of spendy though. Black Skirts are nice too, and 85 sounds very nice


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Very nice. I've got three B. japonica's placed about in my tank in a more minimalist style but that's a very nice carpet you got there. You're doing similar things to what I'm doing with the Ranunculus though. Cool stuff, eh?

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You're doing similar things to what I'm doing with the Ranunculus though.
Is there anything else that can be done with it?
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