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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-15-2009, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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My 46 bowfront journal

Here is a before shot:



The tank was an algae bomb. It got ten times worse after this picture. I inherited the tank from a buddy. It had plain gravel, no fertilizers being used but good filtration and lighting.

I completely tore down the tank yesterday.

Here is the shot this morning after the redo:



Now, the substrate is a local brand of oil-dry that is pure clay. I am using DIY co2.

I had to trash all the plants that were in the tank except the huge patch of java lace fern that is on the right.

I got 10 mondo grass and 12 hornwort to add to it. I plan on getting a bunch of hair grass to do a lawn in the open space.

There are 4 harlequin rasboras, a cherry barb and a neon that came with the tank in there right now. (the eheim canister filter was left with water in it and circulating from a bucket of old tank water while the tank was torn down to preserve the biological filtration).

Plans for livestock are to find someone to take the cherry barb, get 8 more harlies and some cherry shrimp.

Hope you like it!

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you could fit a ton of harlequins in their you got mad space.


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Yeah, I love them! I will probably do 8 more in a month then another 6 or so a month later.

The cool thing is they are pretty, they school and they are only $1.99 each.

I want a set of lily pipes, but, I just can't justify the cost. I might attempt a set of wasserpipes. Plus, I HATE the eheim hose! It's way too stiff to work with. I plan on getting black 1/2" hose from Lowe's and use it. I have used it on my reef stuff before and it works well and won't let light in.

I also have the stuff to make the heater inline and plan on getting to that this week. as well as adding a power head with the CO2 going into it.

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lily pipes are way expensive but look awesome


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Just an update:

I have had to replant a few because the oil dry doesn't hold them well as I would like.

But, it seems impossible, I swear the mondo grass is growing already!

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Oh, and I found a home for the cherry barb and the neon. They are going friday.

I will test the water again in about two weeks and see if I can add more harlies.
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Mondo grass isn't an aquatic plant. It will rot in a few weeks, I promise you. I think you should take it out and replace it with dwarf sagitarria, if you like that grassy look. Most box pet stores sell dwarf sag.

Good choice of fish! I love the trigonostigma species.
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Mondo grass isn't an aquatic plant. It will rot in a few weeks, I promise you. I think you should take it out and replace it with dwarf sagitarria, if you like that grassy look. Most box pet stores sell dwarf sag.

Good choice of fish! I love the trigonostigma species.
Since dantimdad lives in Alabama, it might survive the winter in the front yard. It's an awesome garden plant.
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Really? I didn't know that.

I will take it back. I am not paying for plants that are not aquatic.

I will get some dwarf sag to replace it.

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UPDATE:

I forced them to take the mondo back. They didn't want to.

I got annubias nana and some wisteria which will eventually go to the kids tank.

I am getting three really nice amazon swords soon.

I will take pics if I can get my camera to stop freaking out!

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Well, I got 3 gorgeous amazon swords and got them put in along with palm and fern sticks.



Here is a full tanks shot (I need to clean the back glass)



Soon, I will have a bunch of dwarf sag and some vals and it should be filled in nicely.
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OK, thanks to Masosaur, I now have about 25 dwarf sag and about 10 italian vals.

The tank looks awesome even though it's cloudy right now from planting.

I lost one rasbora. He jumped from the holding bucket when I did the teardown. He just never was the same. I am keeping the Cherry Barb and the neon for the forseeable future. I have someone holding 12 more harlequin rasbora for me until the first of January so the tank can settle down.

What algae eaters do you all think I should get? Shrimp? Ottos? Both?

I will take pics either later tonight or in the morning.

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Couln't wait! Here are some pics. I still need to top off the water and find an air line suction cup for my CO2 stone.









When the dwarf sag fills in I think it will perfect (for me anyway).



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Looks great, Steven!!! Nice meeting you!
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Nice meeting you too!

Have you done a rating for the place we got plants from?

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