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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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My first journal of 28 gal bowl tank with rams and neons (56K)

I've had planted tanks before but didn't have a good camera and never kept a track of their development and didn't really have anyone to share it with. For the first I decided to share it with this forum members and welcome your responses.

I am still an amature photographer but willing to learn.

This is my old 125 gal tank I had when we lived in Washington state. I had a happy brustlenose pair that bred every two weeks and filled up my tank with their fry, several angels bred and raised their fry there, cories multiplied uncontrolably.









It was heartbreaking to sell everything: fish, plants, rock, including the tank itself when we moved because I didn't think I'd go back to the hobby again.

But what do you know, two years later I got this:

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October:



December:



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Very nice tank! I love the glosso carpet.
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I recently removed several pieces of pertified wood and let some plants take over the new space. I also added some new plants but still have trouble getting glosso to look like "carpet".

Does anyone have good tips how to prune glosso so it stays low and doesn't grow too tall? It seems like it all the suddent started growing tall instead of spreading.

The big red sword in the middle has to go soon, it's too big for this tank but I can't imagine pulling it out without ruining everything else around it.

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Glosso:



New residents, X-ray fish. My son thought they were too cool to pass and begged me to get at least one. We got two, which we rarely see. Can you see them on the pic?

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Your tank looks NICE!!
Whats you lighting that makes your glosso grow tall?
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wow I love the glosso!

but I don't think you should get rid of the Sword It looks so elegant in your tank.

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Whats you lighting that makes your glosso grow tall?
I doubt it's the light that makes it grow tall. It's a Coralife fixture with two 55W c/f 6500K and 10,000K bulbs. It should spread on the bottom due to high light intensity rather then reach up. On the pics in the first post you can see that it started spreading around nicely but I gave up fiercely trimming it after a couple of months and now it doesn't have the "carpet" feeling. There are still shots that go around but it seems too much work trimming it down every three days. I turn in a good bunch of glosso to the local pet shop every week and that is still not enough trimming.

Does anyone have experience turning glosso into carpet rather then letting it grow like crazy? How do you trim it? Completely down to the bottom leaving only horizontal stems?
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you can only trim trim trim IME
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Here are updated pictures after I removed several pieces of petrified wood and rearranged a couple of things.







Still learning how to take good pictures with my camera.
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