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Found this tank @ LFS. Had to have it because this model was the 1st aquarium I had as a child. The glass was scratched & etched in various places & had a small leak in a corner. Removed & cleaned off all black sealant & resealed w/ clear silicone. Was put into service to hold left over plants from other projects and to see the results of natural sunlight on on plant growth compared to indoor LED lighting.

When originally started, had HC growing in the foreground but the growth was stringy and more vertical than horizontal. About 3 weeks ago, removed HC & planted w/ Glosso. A week ago, trimmed back the E. tenellus along the front to allow the Glosso to fill in.

In the near future if all goes as planned, will remove the central patch of H. glomeratus and replace with a driftwood hardscape element made of guava roots that was superglued together & attached "Trident" java fern in it's place. :bounce:

started: early Nov 12

tank: Pemco SS 5.5 gal

lighting: natural sunlight

filtration: none

CO2: none

substrate:ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia/quartz gravel

flora: Echinodoris tenellus, Hemicanthus glomeratus, Glossostigma elatinoides

fauna: Neocardina davidii, Elassoma okefenokee
 

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I love those old tanks ... but never have found one. If I ever do, I'm going to snap it up!

It's interesting what you're doing with it, lighting with sunlight only, no filter. Will be looking forward to seeing how the planned rescape goes. :)
 

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I love those old tanks ... but never have found one. If I ever do, I'm going to snap it up!

It's interesting what you're doing with it, lighting with sunlight only, no filter. Will be looking forward to seeing how the planned rescape goes. :)
Mahalo Deborah. The rescape is being driven by the guava root DW. The tank was originally for surplus plant grow out but now, experimenting with using locally available hardscape materials and the desire to give this tank favorite a more meaningful look.

I cant wait to see the rescape, that dw is going to look killer!
Thanks Austin. The guava root cluster should turn out to be a good centerpiece with time. :bounce:
 

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Pic Update

Pic update. Trimmed H glomeratus & Glosso spreading horizontally and filling in front. The Okeefenokee pygmy sunfish colony are more viewable now after the trim & I observed at least 2 males of the 5 that were visible at any one time. No tech is doing well. :bounce:
 

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Over the last month, been supplying the Okee's w/daphnia (whole portion) every other week. Trying to expand the colony, females looking plump.

Noticed that tank gets 2 hrs of high noon direct sunlight. The remainder of the day is shaded natural light. Glosso continues to fill-in the exposed front w/horizontal growth. Keeping the pearlweed trimmed down low in the middle and the pygmy chain sword restrained along the back.

Placed the guava root DW cluster in another tank & will keep the current plant layout. Too bad the glass on this tank is so scratched up & glare is bad (normally pics taken in direct sunlight). Pics are of poor quality but want to doc the progress. :bounce:
 

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