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Skimmed through this whole thread and all I can say is WOW! The amount of change this tank has overgone in 4 years is amazing.
No kidding! Even I'm amazed when I look back at all this tank has been through. And I never did take pictures of the time when I was busily finishing my degree and let the tank go down to a low tech tank with mostly crypts.

To think I started out with the standard strip light and plastic plants! This tank has come a long way.

Looks AWSOME
Thank you! :smile:

So u just proved to alll the disbelievers. Yellow dc doesnt mean dead fish. Clearly ur fish are happy.. the spawing of the pelvicachromis proves this..

The colors look good!! Im very pleased with how this tank looks. Lots of varying species. One more the main reasons i want a bigger tank!
Can you believe that I actually reduced the CO2 in this tank? I was running it at a higher concentration. I had my pH controller set to 6.2, but upped it to 6.4 so I could have a little margin for error. But even at 6.2 the fish were fine.

These pics show the reds a little better than the last pics. I still need to work on my camera adding too much yellow when the light hits the green leaves. There's some kind of setting for "warm" colors on my camera that I think is doing it that I need to hunt down and change, but this camera has so many settings, it's like a massive maze to try to figure out where any particular setting is. But the more I work with it, the better I get so I'll figure it out eventually.

You need to get a bigger tank. I think you'd love it. They're a lot of work, but the rewards are wonderful. There's nothing like sitting in the room and looking over to this huge display of plants and fish all lit up!
 

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This tank is just gorgeous! I always think mine's pretty neat til I come see what you guys are doing, so lush and colorful and mature looking.
Thank you! I'm sure your tank is beautiful. I think we are all overly critical of our own tanks in comparison to others. As long as you're enjoying the process of working with your tank as it develops, then that's what it's all about. :smile:
 

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Oh, I love the cave idea! Be sure to design it so you can clean it out every now and then since it will probably fill up with pleco poo being the lowest point in the tank. It would be cool if you could design the cave so part of it was up against the glass so you could see in. For some strange reason, fish don't seem to have a problem with the transparency of the glass and behave normally even though we can see them.
 

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actually the design has been in my head for months. it will be shaped so that the way the substrate sits around it and the flow dynamics of the tank. water will flow directly through it and help keep it clean. it will be completely burried and unremovabled withou major susbtrate upending

actually. set up a camera and leave the room for a few hours and see how fish act. TOTALLY different than even if u were just sitting by the tank. the little internet personal cams do a good job of this.
 

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Okay, that's it. You absolutely MUST get this tank started! I can't wait to see this! Run, don't walk, and get a 75g tank right now. Don't come back home without one! :hihi:
 

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I NEED A NEW ROOF!!! sooo bad

so i can't justify 1k worth of spending on a new tank when i need a 6300 dollar roof because mines caving in

the good news is. i got a guy with a 75 for sale for 50 bux.... so there's a big save. just got major priorities
 

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Of course, you know you're always welcome to post pics in my journal threads! I love seeing them! :smile:

And that canopy is simply gorgeous! One of the prettiest I have seen! I wish you were in my area so I could convince you to build one for me. You should be excited about it. It's really pretty!

Your plants are looking very good, too. Is that hygrophila corymbosa 'compacta' on the left side, flanking the rocks? They are doing very well! Nice, lush specimens. What is the grassy plant just right of the middle? It's in the last picture, too. It looks like hairgrass, but it's taller. It's obviously happy in your tank, as well. In fact, all your plants look happy. For someone who's just recently started out in this hobby, you've certainly caught on quickly. Your tank is looking great!
Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Way too busy this time of the year.

Thank you very much. You would be surprised how easy and inexpensive it was to build. It took my dad and me about 4 hours and 40$ If I was close to you we would do it for you in a heartbeat. He and I had a really good time building it!

I have read a bunch. My fiancé teases me because I'm constantly readying about the "planted tank"! She sure does like showing the tank off when friends and family come over though. LOL

You are correct that is hygrophila compacta. For some reason the one of the right side of the rocks is growing larger and longer leaves then the one on the left side. I did get them from two different suppliers. Different genes I guess.

The plant all the way to the right of the tank is a micro sword. I'm not as happy with it as I am the dwarf hairgrass. The micro sword uproots too easy. I have to keep planting it. The dwarf hairgrass has really exploded. I'm thinking about pulling the micro sword and planting dwarf hairgrass from the middle all the way to the right side. What do you think about that?
 

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Hey wolf. What do you think about planting dwarf hairgrass all the way from the middle to the right, thus replacing the micro sword. In my opinion, I think it would flow a little more by doing that. Curious what you think.
 

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Can you believe that I actually reduced the CO2 in this tank? I was running it at a higher concentration. I had my pH controller set to 6.2, but upped it to 6.4 so I could have a little margin for error. But even at 6.2 the fish were fine.
What is the pH drop your controller is set at? I am able to run at a low pH but the drop checker is not changing. I'm running CO2 dropping my pH from 7.3 -> 6.1. What is the KH of your tank? How do you initially configure the CO2 amount?
 
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