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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-22-2008, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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90 gallon rescape

So I was dissatisfied with my 90 and figured I'd redo it.

It's got 138 W of T5 HO lighting on it, and while some plants, like aponogetons did really well and grew as though it were high light, others, like cabomba, never really thrived. Plus, I couldn't get CO2 balanced, so was constantly struggling with green spot algae, and kept getting blue green algae on the upper part of my driftwood, where the circulation wasn't great.

So I figured I'd lose the CO2, cut back the photo period, and go for more of a low-light rescape. I figure it should do better and require less maintenance, without all those stem plants to prune.

Plants are now java moss, java fern, thai moss, anubias, aponogetons, vals, various crypts, and a couple lilies. Oh, and a few stems of some sort of hygro.

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It's got some growing in to do now, especially the moss carpet center front and the plants in the back left corner, but I think it should come along nicely. Sure makes the tank look bigger!

And the fish clearly like it - not an hour after I'd finished, a couple of my angels decided to pair up and spawn (The silly fish ate the spawn-first time).

So, what do y'all think? Advice? Criticism?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-22-2008, 11:23 AM
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I think it looks great! I like the variety of your plants, the layout you chose, and the contrasting colors.

I hope you keep this thread updated and show us how your low maintenance setup progresses.
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Looks very nice, externally also, neat outline.

The only think I'd change is the thermometer, too bulky.
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The only think I'd change is the thermometer, too bulky.
Ha! I didn't even notice it. I probably should pull it out (and clean the glass!) before taking pics!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-23-2008, 04:54 PM
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That's a nice tank, I like the mixture of colors and shades/tints of green you've got going on. That Nymphaea looks very healthy!
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