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Evolution of my 45H

This is my first journal attempt. I have had my tank for almost two years now and have lots of photos of its evolution. Thought I would post them here and see what you all thought! All my specs are in the link in my signature if you are curious.

April 2007 - The Beginning (pay attention to the grass and the amazon sword on the far left, it gets crazy)


May 2007 - Added Anubias Nana to the large piece of wood


I stopped taking pictures for awhile cause my camera died. I got a new one in Spring of 08.

April 2008 - Flourishing Tank


August 2008 - New Light (with moonlights!). Changed some plants, but the sword is taking over . . .


September 2008 - The grass really started to take off. At first I loved it!


December 2008 - Completely out of control. The Amazon Sword became way too big and for some reason the grass exploded overnight. Okay, it was probably the two months of not trimming that did it . . .


December 2008 - New Setup! I took out the sword and all the grass, put in a few new plants and a new piece of wood.


January 2009 - A month of growth. A some new fish (blue rams)!



March 2009 - 3 months of growth in the new setup.
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Wow, nice change, especially the lighting.
I like your scape, very clean and great placement.

Specs?
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Lights: 3x39 Watt T-5 High Output:1x10,000k, 2x6,700k

Hardware: Eheim 2217 Canister Filter Classic Plus, Glass Filter Intake and Outtake from GLA, Eheim Heater Jager, Pressurized CO2 (about 1 drop/second)

Ferts: All Flourish: Excel, Comprehensive Plant Supplement, Iron, Trace

Plants: Red Rubin Sword, Spiral Val, Glosso, Red Ludwigia, Anubias Nana, Crypto Parva, Crypto Wendtii

Inhabitants: Amano Shrimp, 16 Cardinal Tetras, 6 Otos, 5 Dwarf Chain Loaches, 4 Red Coral Platies, 3 Siamese Algae Eaters, 2 Honey Gouramis, 1 Blue Ram

Here are some good closeups I took today. I just found out how to use some of the fancy features of my camera.

Crypto Parva and Glosso


Shrimp


Ludwigia


Glosso


More Shrimp!


Gourami and Loaches
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Great progression. Sorry to see that you lost 1 blue ram. I just picked one of those little guys up at my LFS the other day. It's amazing how your tank changed over the past year. Great job!!

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Great progression. Sorry to see that you lost 1 blue ram. I just picked one of those little guys up at my LFS the other day. It's amazing how your tank changed over the past year. Great job!!
Actually, I lost two. It was very sad. I had two females and one male, now I only have one female left. I think my water parameters aren't stable enough for them, since I know they are very sensitive to any changes. I am waiting to see if this one makes it and I might get the nerve to buy her a mate. They did try to spawn almost immediately, which was really fun to watch.
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this really shaped up as you worked on it.

any updates?
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Funny you should ask! I was just uploading some photos I took today. I did a major trim and got rid of all the spiral val. It was growing tall the way I had hoped. Looking for some ideas for a replacement . . . I want to stay away from grasses, they cause too much grief.
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Just did a big trim today . . . here it is.



The Ludwigia will grow back. I have to trim it way back about once every other month. It starts to cover the surface and the roots get really thick and matted together. I took out all the spiral val and I cut the anubias nana in the front way back. It's looking a little barren right now, I dont know what to plant back there yet. Other than that pretty much the same. Although we do have a new addition:

A pair of chocolate gouramis.



The ram is still doing okay.



The ludwigia looks really nice from above, showing off some nice reds.



And as you can see its pearling like crazy. (Sorry for the blurryness)



Also, since I had not trimmed for awhile there were lots of hiding places so we actually found two new platy babies swimming around in there. This one is pretty big now, but the other one I caught and put in my smaller tank till it isn't bite size anymore.



That's about it for now, I am keeping my eyes peeled for good background plants to fill in the middle and right corner. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
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Looks fantastic. Never seen chocolate gouramis before, they're beautiful!
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don't forget to post an update as it grows in.
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great tank very colorful and clean. what shrimps are those?

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Disease has struck!

So, I posted this in the general forum, but I thought I would update here as well. Something has infected my tank recently. I lost three cardinal tetras and now my ram has it. It starts out as white spots, but looks different than ich. It then turns into ring-like white areas that look like loose scales. It has made my ram look like it got a bad collagen injection. All puffy lips and white spots on the eyes.

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My other post is here, I have a picture up of one of the tetras toward the end of its existence. Any ideas? I thought it might be columnaris, but I can't tell. I was thinking I would just start dosing with Maracyn and hope for the best. . .
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great tank very colorful and clean. what shrimps are those?
They are Amano Shrimp. I have about a dozen of them in there.
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Chocolate Gouramis

So . . . .

It has been awhile with no updates, but right now my main concern is this:

One of my chocolate gouramis is either a) mouth-brooding or b) diseased.

I really hope it's a, maybe your guys can help me out? Here's a photo of her:


And here is a photo of the other one in comparison.


She hasn't been eating, which they say is a result of mouth-brooding, but could also be a side affect of being sick. Any thoughts?
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dropsy?
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