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29 gallon planted nano
Old 08-17-2012, 03:40 PM   #141
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Hey you learned how to take tank photos properly. ;) Amazing jungle look, although I really think a bit of hardscape will give the tank some real dimension.
lol Only took me how many months of bad pictures to finally be able to take some decent ones. Just don't expect any of the tiny fish. I'm not pushing my luck.
Does kind of look strange/different with no hardscape, especially since my other tank is only hardscape. Have any suggestions for me? I liked the wood I did have in, but it was a real pita. The fish couldn't move it, but I sure could easily enough. Every time I cleaned the filter sponge, trimmed or planted something in the back, moved the floaters. Not sure what small matching pieces of driftwood I have lying around. Rocks might work, I've never done anything with those before.
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:54 AM   #142
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It's a bit of a wall of background stem plants at the moment, with some foreground plants at the front that somehow feel like an afterthought. Maybe you can define the layers better by creating a middle ground - what if you had a mid-to-large sized chunk of wood in the midground, in such a way to give foreground plants a natural border?
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:04 AM   #143
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It's actually more like a wall of background plants and a second wall of midground plants. The foreground is largely bare. I did plant haphazard and it shows at the moment. i put my favorite plants in the middle and worked out along to the sides in order of how much I liked them. Made sense at the time lol.
I do get what you're saying though. Now it's up to me to see if I can figure out how to implement it.
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:45 PM   #144
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No new pics, since I haven't changed anything yet. Just allowed it to grow in. The angustifolia is still giving me trouble. Seems shaded no matter where I put it. The big news is that I have fish arriving tomorrow. That will make my stock

22 Boraras brigittae
9 Yunnanilus cruciatus
6 Dario hysignon (2m/4f)

Super excited about the fish. The Darios actually eat flakes, pellets, and Repashy (got some of that to try since I've heard good things).

Is that fully stocked now? Or is there still some room? Yeah ok I might be greedy. The tank often looks empty with the 21 fish currently in it. Still so fun to watch though.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:29 PM   #145
 
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No new pics, since I haven't changed anything yet. Just allowed it to grow in. The angustifolia is still giving me trouble. Seems shaded no matter where I put it. The big news is that I have fish arriving tomorrow. That will make my stock

22 Boraras brigittae
9 Yunnanilus cruciatus
6 Dario hysignon (2m/4f)

Super excited about the fish. The Darios actually eat flakes, pellets, and Repashy (got some of that to try since I've heard good things).

Is that fully stocked now? Or is there still some room? Yeah ok I might be greedy. The tank often looks empty with the 21 fish currently in it. Still so fun to watch though.
I would assume that you would be full stocked with those fish. So awesome to get your hands on Dario Hysignon. xD
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:46 PM   #146
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I would assume that you would be full stocked with those fish. So awesome to get your hands on Dario Hysignon. xD
I thought it might be full, but it's so hard to tell. Nanofish plus plants as a partial filter...it's all brand new to me. I've seen people with nearly as many in tanks half the size. Just because I saw it doesn't mean it's right though.

The Dario hysginon were cheap (well I guess, never seen them for sale anywhere else). I've gotten all my fish from the same lady and she just got in Burmese rosy loaches. Part of the reason I wanted to know if I had more room.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:13 PM   #147
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Fish arrived today! I forgot that she sends extras so I got an extra chili rasbora (11) to go with the 12 I had. I also got 4m/2f of the Dario, but with the tank size not a big deal. I'm sure it's hard trying to net a tiny fish of a certain sex. There was a third Dario female, but sadly she died in transit.

That means that the tank total will eventually be 23 Boraras brigittae, 6 Dario hysginon, and 9 Yunnanilus cruciatus. Just for fun I tried putting all that in AqAdvisor. It's a tool only I know. The loaches weren't even listed, nor was the Dario. Also it seems to think the slightly smaller B. brigittae uses more space/bioload than B. maculatus. So my extremely fudged number was 74%.

I'll be mixing up some of the Repashy to give to both of my tank later. I'm really curious, because I've heard good things. A gelatin for fish is kind of unique.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:01 PM   #148
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Haven't updated this in a few months, but there has been some really big changes. I tried taking pictures, pre-trimming but for some reason they came out greenish. I've had some small algae problems (nothing too bad) but green water wasn't one. Green dust algae on the glass has come and been defeated. BBA appeared and I've been brutal in trying to eliminate it. I do mean brutal. I've ripped out entire plants to stop it from spreading and that might have been enough to solve it. Well it might have, if I really want completely through with it. I'm loathe to rip out my sunset hygro given the difficulty I had in finding a legal source for it.

To further prevent algae I'm only leaving the lights on 7 hours a day. I've also tried to adjust my two flow bars so that there are no dead spots (all the BBA occurred in the same area of the tank where the flow was poor). One more thing...I've added CO2. I was very nervous about that and the fish. The fish could seem to care less. There's enough fast growing plants in my tank that I'm guessing there's plenty of O2 even with the CO2. I've yet to see any red gills or gasping for breath. Just a lot of active fish.

Speaking of fish, I don't believe I have lost one yet. It's hard to try and count Boraras though. There's at least 20 of them still in there, possibly more of course. The Yunnanilus cruciatus and Dario hysginon are all accounted for at 9 and 6 a piece. I've controlled the urge to add any more fish, although I would certainly love to. Just am clueless if I have the space. Snails I have not been so lucky with. My pond snails are fine. Malaysian trumpet snails? I put them in, they dig into the substrate, the next day I find them dead on the substrate. No idea why and it seems cruel to keep trying.

Plant rundown since I tinkered of course
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Hygrophila polysperma 'sunset'
Limnophila aromatica
Heteranthera zosterifolia (Stargrass)-This one isn't Asian, but it's my second fastest grower so I hate to take it out.
Persicaria 'Kawagoeanum'
Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala 'green'
Rotala 'Yao Yai'
Rotala 'Bangladesh'
Rotala macranda 'Japan red'-really proud of myself for keeping something so hard alive and growing well for months
Rotala 'nanjenshan'
Rotala 'pearl'-well this one has been ordered

Not much for me to do at the moment aside from decide how I want to change things around, figure out if I can add more fish, and and enjoy the tank which I certainly have been.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:14 PM   #149
 
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Great! Good to know everything is going well with your tank!
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:06 PM   #150
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Fish are easy! I was without an aquarium for almost ten years and only set up my first about a year ago. Sadly I've lost four fish in that time. I can live with that though as I still have 54. The plants I'm doing better with, but still have a ways to go. I'm definitely getting a lot better. Well aside from snails. I wish I could figure that one out. I wonder if ramshorn snails would be a good or bad idea.
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