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Size - 20H
Substrate - Caribsea Eco-Complete
Filtration - Eheim 2215
Heating - Hydor 200W Inline, 76º F
Lighting - 48W T5-HO
CO2 - Pressurized, 40ppm-ish
Ferts - EI Method, Flourish Root Tabs
Other - Aquacontroller Jr.

Flora - Cryptocoryne spiralis, Cryptocoryne lutea, Cryptocoryne wendtii 'red', Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green', Staurogyne sp 'tropica 049b', Hemianthus callitrichoides

Fauna -Danio margaritatus (15), Rasbora pauciperforata (7), Rasbora trilineata (3) Otocinclus sp. (1)

12.07.2009
 

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Ok, so...

The idea for this scape formed mainly around that giant rock in the center of the tank...

I had originally planned to not use much of a hardscape at all in this tank, but while I was at my LFS, I stumbled upon that beast of a rock in the center of a tank. You cant really tell from the picture, but it is 'C' shaped and probably weighs about 20 lbs. The shape of it allowed me to put substrate behind it, and build up a second level to the tank. The thing is so huge, that there were really only 2-3 positions the rock could actually be in inside the tank. Unfortunately, I did not start this journal from the very beginning, but this is actually the third time I have completely tore the hardscape apart and re-done it. Finally I think I am happy with it...

I decided to go with mostly Crypts in this tank purely because I love the way they look and have had great success with them in the past. I also don't have as much time as I would like to maintain the tank, so going with Crypts will hopefully help me balance that out. (Much thanks to Lego for hooking me up with the Green Geckos!)

I chose Marselia for the foreground because out of all the foreground plants out there, I thought the look of the Marselia would pair well with the look of the Crypts.

The tank is now planted, and growth is coming along... The Green Geckos have been in the tank for about 3 days, and new leaves are already coming up.

Now its time to wait...

Comments and criticisms always appreciated!

AGutt
 

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Interesting, I guess it's a good idea - crypts are not as demanding compared to fast growing stem plants (the ferts, trimming, replanting over and over again). :)
 

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Interesting, I guess it's a good idea - crypts are not as demanding compared to fast growing stem plants (the ferts, trimming, replanting over and over again). :)
That's what caused my second attempt to fail which was all stem plants. I basicaly got backed up on the trimming/maintenance and the algae took over...

It looks great. But ouch, I hope they didn't charge you by the pound for that 20 lb rock!
Unfortunately it was by the pound - $2.50 to be exact. Came out to like $46.00 (guess the rock is roughly 18.5 lbs :icon_cool) It is one hell of a rock tho... I wish I had pictures of it out of the tank.
 

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You've done a nice job on that hardscape! That big rock almost gives the impression that it's not a rock at all, but is a huge chunk of driftwood that had silt overrun one side of it and plants growing on top. It's a very natural type of a feeling, that's for sure.

I'll be watching this one! (I love crypts too).
 

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You've done a nice job on that hardscape! That big rock almost gives the impression that it's not a rock at all, but is a huge chunk of driftwood that had silt overrun one side of it and plants growing on top. It's a very natural type of a feeling, that's for sure.
Thanks Church!

Here's a couple more pics...
 

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Sweet! I love crypts and it's great to have another crypt enthusiast!

Good luck on this tank. I've always had a good record for keeping crypts [except for 3 unknown ones I killed on accident.] and my 29 is going great for them! Who was it that said crypts were slow growers? They should watch my crypts! lol
 

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Nice! I love the hardscape! You know what would be even better is if you can get your hands on a bunch of C. parva and make a foreground out of that :proud:
 

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I also love the rock. It's a great focal piece without stealing the show. The crypts are great also. I recently rescaped my 75 gal tank with crypts as the main plants. I think I have about 8 different varieties in mine.
 

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Alrighty time for an update!

So...

1. 2 shipments of Crypt. parva have come in and they are already in the tank. Picture's to come soon... I am waiting on one more to come in.

2. New Fish! I added 6 Rasbora borapetensis. The 15 X-Ray Tetras have been moved to another tank. I am thinking of getting 12 Hengeli Rasbora to replace them.

3. LIGHTING

ok so heres the deal...

Right now I have a 65W Satellite Compact fixture over this tank. The lights are left on for 8.5 hrs a day.

My other 20 Gallon tank has 48W of T-5HO over it. I was thinking of reducing the lighting to the second fixture... Right now I am happy with growth in this tank, but it seems pretty overkill for an all Crypt. tank. My concern is that this will end up being too much lighting for this tank and I will start an Algae war... something I really don't want to do...

What are your thoughts on this move?
 

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Its comparable lighting I think. T5 may be cleaner lighting in the long run IMO.
Yeah I'm leaning towards it... The algae is already starting to perk up. I noticed some GSA and BBA while doing my water change today...

only thing I'm worried about is the parva, but it will still be at 2.4 WPG may just have to be more patient whilst I wait for it to grow...

**UPDATE**

Parva is planted! ...pics to come tomorrow night!
 

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Yeah I'm leaning towards it... The algae is already starting to perk up. I noticed some GSA and BBA while doing my water change today...

only thing I'm worried about is the parva, but it will still be at 2.4 WPG may just have to be more patient whilst I wait for it to grow...

**UPDATE**

Parva is planted! ...pics to come tomorrow night!
Perhaps lowering the duration a bit in the beginning may help.
 
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