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before.....then.....now yet it still sucks.

well here you can see my skill improve but i still need major help. i want something like kyleT's 100 gallon, just downsized to this 30 gallon.

BEFORE..............

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THEN.................

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/d...IM000203-1.jpg

NOW..................

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/d...uarium1001.jpg

its a work in progress, i cant change a whole lot because my kribs spawned last week but i have 96 watts of AH supply retro kit, over 30 gallons, co2 injection with diffusor, dose excel, and flourish, eco c is the substrate. Lemme know what you all think and tell me where i can improve, i want more reddish colored plants, its too green i know that i just dont know what good plants would be ok in there. I just planted the HC, its a PITA.
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LOL great job =D

One month in.
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um what kind of answer is that?
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Have you considered EI dosing?
That should give you a boost.


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whats EI, i here it all the time just never asked.
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Estimative Index.
Fert packages are sold here.
http://www.greenleafaquariums.com/aq...ertilizer.html

There is also a link on Green Leaf that explains the EI procedure.

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its coming along very well. For reds or oranges/golds you could do various types of rotala (I have rotala sp vietnam in my tank), limnophila (I have limnophila amoratia in my tank), certain species of pogostemon, certain swords, and there are lots of others too.

Some will require weekly trimming, and occasional pulling of the lower stems and replanting the tops to look great.

Keep your eye on what comes up on the SNS forum, you have a tank that will support any plany once your establish a fertilization routine.

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Well, even if you think the latest layout sucks, each one progressively sucks less than previous one (that is, there is progress for the better)!

For a suggestion, honestly, I'd suggest getting rid of the big swords and larger stems since they throw off the scale in a 30g, and replace them with smaller whorled stem plants like Didiplis diandra, various rotalas, etc. I'd also redo the driftwood so that it has more form vertically in space and lose the pots after the cichlids are done spawning.

You have kribs and rams in a 30g?
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I agree with macclellan. Also may want to bring the water level to the top.
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o yea i did top it off after i noticed it in the pic, I forget sometimes, but the way to trim those stems are to cut the tops off and pull the bottoms out that have the roots?
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On a scale of 1 to 10 I give an 8. It has a non groomed appearance which I like. Most aquariums are so manicured. Looks like it needs somting bushy in front. Perhaps Sags or Hair grass.

I saw some Hair grass for sale very cheap on EBay. I can't remember if it has a shipping fee or not. A few plants don't have shipping cost. There were also some sags but it was a large group.

This is where I plants for a good price:
Plant vendor aquaticplantdepot.com. You can call them at 813-621-4213

An individual, cah925, a member of aquaticplantcentra.com, [email protected]

Here is a tank similar to yours

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yea i have rams kribs in a 30 gallon. I even have two dwarf puffers. NOW WAIT, dont flame yet, idk know how, but these fish get along GREAT. the puffs dont bother anyone and the rams are very docile. And they are wild caught, i got them for free so i thought i would give them a good home. The only aggression i see is when the kribs spawn but the kribs just chase the rams away, they havent done any damage to them and they have spawned twice with the rams in there already. But can i see some pics of sags.
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