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One of two of my fully planted tanks, it started out as a 5.5, though the lighting drove me crazy, so i finally said screw it! And upgraded to a ten gallon i had laying around.
But first, heres it when i first set it up.
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The first plant is a sword plant, i believe, havent been able to nail that one down. The second is another i havent been able to get the name of. The bulb is red, and looks like leather, but is hard. Grows SLOW. The third is a melon plant, of which i have four other plants now, from that one! The fourth, is hedge. Its not really aquatic, but i found that out after, and then returned it..but kept a peice, and there it is. Its actually still in my bathroom tank, just now starting to lose leaves. Ive got to figure out how to plant it emersed!

Anyways, I ended up thinking adding anacharis in front was a good idea.
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Nope. So then i rescaped, and tried for a grow out tank for my 50 gallon. I didnt like that very much...
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I then got some wisteria, which im sad to say, has continued failin since day one. They are now sad little 2.5 inch tall sticks with poofs on the end. This was the tank after i added them.
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I still didnt like it...

So i decided i need some hard scape, and took a fake log onament from my 50 gal, and used it in the tank...I also got new plants, an aponogeton plant which i ended up getting three different plants from, and a banana plant. Finally, i was starting to like this! =]
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The aponogeton plant is amazing..i believe its the undulatus variety. it grew from the above picture to this! in one week!
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This is when the lighting situation aggravated me to upgrade. I had a ten gallon hood, and that's what i was using on the 5.5, and it didn't fit right, so i had contraptions and fire hazards..next to my bed. So, the tank was now a ten gallon, and i got a new table at a yard sale too! Perfect little set up. Ill have to remember to get a picture. =]
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And then i added a background, which is actually just a wooden american flag, but, i feel it works for now. I kinda like it.
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I added cories to the tank, and they tend to need more oxygen in their water, so i added a air stone. Which looked horrible. So i tried hiding it, and it just didnt work. It was an eye sore.
Then i got it! The log was hollow, why not prop it up and have the bobble come out of the top? My first couple of tries with the air hose cooperating failed, but ive gotten a fix on it now. =]
Also, added some more plants, tops cut from my 50 gal, and the spiral vals from the 50. Add a rescape, and the tank seems to be coming around!
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Ended up moving the Banana plant to the end of the log, as that was where i threaded the air hose, and the banana tubers were perfect for covering that up.
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I bought a new driftwood from my LfS, which has a large java fern on it, and rescaped, making a bigger cave under the fake log. I added Anubis i had gotten in a plant order, will watch for algae. I also added cholla wood id gotten from an order, with small java fern tied to it. I also got three more corkscrew vals from ly lps, and put them between the log and the large rock.


This is what my tank looks like today, after my rescape.
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Ill be updating as often as things change and grow..=]

I also take funny pictures of my snails...Thats the mommy and a four month old apple snail..=]
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Random. Love your tanks but is there anyone on here I can buy apple snails from? Loooooove them miss haveing a monster snail. Love the pics an dif stages of your tank.
 

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Actually, I happen to have some babies and juvies! The juvies are four months, and about a cm-1.5 cm and growing fast. They are all blue shells, dark bodies with nice orange markings. I only have seven of these, though, they were from my first batch.
The babies seem to all be darker, whether they are brown or blue it's too early to tell. Their about two-three weeks old, and I have 57 of these guys!

Thanks for the compliments! I am so much happier with the tank now. Just gotta get new bulbs..tanks too yellow for me!
 

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So, an update on the tank, =]:
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And I was in petsmart, and saw they had Ivory Mystery snails!!!
I nabbed one, [along with a nice turquoise male gup, and a yellow and red male]
And have since moved my brown striped female mystery snail into the big tank with all the males, and decided to test whether my new snail was male or female. I know which of my snails are male and females, though putting two and two together, and see who ended up on top, or who ignored each other. My male immediately climbed on her shell, so im assuming shes a female. Which is just fine with me! Id like to get a male though, ivories are so pretty!!
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Speaking of snails, Sd760, i have another egg sack! Still have all the babies. PM if your interested. =]
 

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Actual good pictures, taken with my moms camera!

So, excitedly, i give you the FTS with my moms camera!
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Looks so good!
Still gonna change the lights, just havent had time.

One of the male juvies in the ten gallon has developed some awesome markings. Im not sure whose offspring he is, just that he is beautiful!
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And theres another really pretty male too, but he is harder to get than leopard spots over there! Hey at least i got a good shot of my watersprites roots!
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There have been zucchini parties going on too!
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[[That face!!!]]

Because this is what they do to cucumber!
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Oh wait...
Whats over there?

Is it...and ivory snail? Here Ivory Snail, come play!
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Here she comes!
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Shes here! And Ivory Snail actually looks Ivory!

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And shes gone again...LOL.

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But you know who isnt gone, and is always begging for attention? How could you say no to that?!
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Thanks, Perchance! I'll actually be upgrading to a 15 gal, so the Bacall will change a bit, but not much. Also have a few plant orders coming in a well.
I have a mishmash of floaters, water sprite, amazon frogbit, duckweed, and my favorite, hygroryza aristata! I love the look of the roots, and so do the fish!
The floaters help me so much, taking up excess ammonia and nitrate, shading my other plants, because Im guilty of have horrible lighting schedule for this tank. I always forget to turn it off before I go to sleep, and end up turning it off when I get up at three am, it's off till I wake up, and one for a few hours before I go to work, then it's off til I come back. It's a bad schedule, but it works! The plants are thriving, I don't have algea [knock on wood!]...it's by far my favorite tank!!
 

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Thanks, Perchance! I'll actually be upgrading to a 15 gal, so the Bacall will change a bit, but not much. Also have a few plant orders coming in a well.
I have a mishmash of floaters, water sprite, amazon frogbit, duckweed, and my favorite, hygroryza aristata! I love the look of the roots, and so do the fish!
The floaters help me so much, taking up excess ammonia and nitrate, shading my other plants, because Im guilty of have horrible lighting schedule for this tank. I always forget to turn it off before I go to sleep, and end up turning it off when I get up at three am, it's off till I wake up, and one for a few hours before I go to work, then it's off til I come back. It's a bad schedule, but it works! The plants are thriving, I don't have algea [knock on wood!]...it's by far my favorite tank!!
you should get a timer, helps the schedule thing quite a bit haha! and would u like some E. tenellus? i have a couple extra nodes from my 20g that i need to get rid of. stuff takes off once it take root.
 

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That would be nice! But, some days I work opposite shifts, some even til three am, and I like to turn it off when I'm working an on when I'm home. I make sure to give the tank at least five hour darkness though. So it's basically like running two light cycles a day? I dunno. The tank is thriving, so I don't think it minds!

I should be getting soil of some kind, hopefully a cheap miricle grow organic, but my petsmart has floramax and flourite, dot know which on to choose, and when I get the tank all upgraded to the 15 gallon, I'll pm you about some E. tenellus!! Thanks !
 
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