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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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This is my tank...

Hey guys, this is my 16 gallon bow front tank.. It has been running for 2 years.. used to be so nice with such lush growth.. then let the CO2 stop, and it went to crap.. It is now at my parents house but I have got everything going again and added some new plants.. the grass spread out nicely through the dead stage though.. Motivated to make it nice again!
I have a Magnum 250 HOT filter, through drilling holes in the exhaust hose.. and putting a little filter media in the end.. I have slowed it to where the pump is silent, there is no surface agitation and the plants are not being tossed about.. is there such thing as too much water exchange with no surface ripples? My CO2 is DIY Hagen Yeast, and I have a 65 Watt Coralife light...
any comments besides the obvious of my gravel needing a lot of attention in the vacume department.. the tank is at my parents so I am not there to do it.. but is there a trick to getting it all without so many water changes??
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 07:17 PM
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Those look like swords on the R side and back L corner. Those and the vals (back R corner) will likely get too large for a 16 gal.
And you might want to scrub the back glass before taking pics to post!

One approach would be to plant a number of different plants, and see which ones do well given the level of care you are able/willing to provide. Your light is going to go a long way towards determining what does/doesn't do well.

You don't need/want to vaccum your substrate in a planted tank. That's the good stuff the plants want.
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I like it, it has some potential. I would agree with eds that you should find plants that will match your desired level of maintenance.

Maybe slap a black background on there? Cords/filters are distracting


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Thanks for the feed back guys! Those "sword" plants I have had the whole 2 years.. when it was thriving I had plant matter from the bottom to the top.. I agree though proper plants would limit pruning.. This is also why I haven't been worried about a back ground in the past.. But consider these photos equivalent to a pile of equipment on the floor, as this is ready for a re vamp..
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