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I did a good sized trim last night. The Tonina, the L. senegalensis got a good much needed whack.

I hope to get the Elatine hydropiper this coming week.
Then the front middle section will get a nice planting of that.

I also will be after a nice bright green plant for the rear corner, got tired of S. belem, I put the Hydrothrix back there, but it does not have the brighter color contrast I prefer.
 

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Tom this tank is really amazing. It seems to cross the boundary from weekend hobby into fine art, considering that the majority of your efforts go into the color theory of combining complimentary plants. A point of harmony will be reached I am sure, for all the combinations you have assembled thus far have looked great.

Nice job!
 

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I noticed when you sold off the U.G you simply replanted the plugs, Im trying to get a good ground cover of it in my tank, can i trim it down to the substrate to encourage new growth, or is it better to replant in plugs and let spread out?
Thanks for your time

nevermind, you answered this in another thread
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=168992&page=36
 

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Tom this tank is really amazing. It seems to cross the boundary from weekend hobby into fine art, considering that the majority of your efforts go into the color theory of combining complimentary plants. A point of harmony will be reached I am sure, for all the combinations you have assembled thus far have looked great.

Nice job!
Interesting take, not that I put that type of thought into it, truth be told:)
 

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I'm one plant away from coming pretty close to my generalized goal.
Rotala sunset comes pretty close, nice color and handles the current well.

It'll be a few weeks till this new planting grows in.
The UG is just starting to take after a replanting, seems to take a pretty good beating in between replantings, you have to keep pushing it back in and making sure it does not pull up. If you are not on top of that, then it can get pretty sparse.
Same for the Elatine hydropiper, but once it's roots sink in, it's pretty good.

I removed some of the Anubias white to grow emergent for $ and for stock. I can grow that and Buce's very easily in emergent culture and I can always restock the tank if I decide to add more. I do not like moving them around much in this tank.
This tank gets moved around enough as it is.

I may use those for an emergent non CO2 tank I'll do with the 60p ADA tank. It's empty and I'll replant and scape that sometime in April.

Water is cloudy because I just planted the EH and the ET, added some Mini pellia in place of Fissidens, which has been pretty weedy in this tank, I'll keep one branch on the far right side of Fissidens and try to use the mini pellia for the wood dividers mostly.
I could use a temporary plant in the far left that's red, say R macrandra etc, but the current is a bit too high and the plants need trimmed low in that spot.
I know what I'm looking for, just cannot find the right plant and color just yet.

I can use Rotala sunset, but I'll need more in another tank to pick from due to the repeated trimming and die back trait is has from aggressive pruning.
If you leave it alone, it'll do quite well, but that's not this tank frankly:)

I'd thought about doing the downoi like I let the UG over take the foreground entirely, but.........maybe later. Maybe not at all.
I'll redo the 70 Gal hairgrass tank tomorrow with the Elatine hydropiper I have left over.












 

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Removed the L sphaerocarpa, had extra R macrandra, but it'll be waving all over in this spot pretty bad.

 

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How are you finding using an aqualifter as your vacuum pump with the CPR? I used to run a CPR 100 with an aqualifter on my reef tank and I was constantly having problems with the diaphragms failing and my CPR would lose syphon (the syphon chamber would get air locked and with the failed diaphragm the aqualifter couldnt pull the air out). I was getting so paranoid I replaced my aqualifters every 3 months (I flooded my place quite often, thankfully it was in a basement).

This has happened to me with 2 different CPR100's and at least 9 Aqualifters

It may have simply been the salt water slowly destroying the rubber, but it was enough that I have been leery to bring my last CPR100 back in service.
 

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How are you finding using an aqualifter as your vacuum pump with the CPR? I used to run a CPR 100 with an aqualifter on my reef tank and I was constantly having problems with the diaphragms failing and my CPR would lose syphon (the syphon chamber would get air locked and with the failed diaphragm the aqualifter couldnt pull the air out). I was getting so paranoid I replaced my aqualifters every 3 months (I flooded my place quite often, thankfully it was in a basement).

This has happened to me with 2 different CPR100's and at least 9 Aqualifters

It may have simply been the salt water slowly destroying the rubber, but it was enough that I have been leery to bring my last CPR100 back in service.
Did it have a pre filter on it?
 
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