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post #1 of 39 Old 08-12-2011, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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since i know you all like pictures.






ill explain a couple things in the picture i guess.

the filter on the front of the tank:

i filled the aquarium with water and then realized i didnt leave it far enough from the wall to put the filer behind on that side so im waiting till i do a partial water change or something and putting it the back. but im also debating on just leaving it off.

i think with the penguin 350 plus all the plants ill have i wont need 2 filters

i placed a largish order from sweet aquatics today.

2 ea. Echinodorus Bleheri (Amazon Sword) MED
1 ea. Echinodorus Angustifolia 'Vesuvius' Pot
1 ea. Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium Laevigatum)
1 ea. Ceratopteris Thalictroides ( Water Sprite )
1 ea. Echinodorus Cordifolius (Radican) SM
2 ea. Echinodorus Osiris 'Melon' MED
2 ea. Vallisneria Asiatica Var. Biwaensis (Corkscrew Val)
1 ea. Java Fern (Microsorium Pteropus)
1 ea. Java Moss (Vesicularia Dubyana)
2 ea. Echinodorus Tenellus (Narrow Leaf Chain Sword)
1 ea. Anubias Barteri Var. Nana Narrowleaf Pot
1 ea. Vallisneria Americana var. Biwanesis (contortion val)
2 ea. Vallisneria Gigantea Marmor ( Red Jungle Val)
1 ea. Vallisneria Spiralis 'Leopard' (Italian Leopard Val)


Stocking im thinking

Rainbow fish, Rosaline Sharks, Cories, a schooling fish, maybe a group of angels (but im hesitant bc i murdered 3 in another tank though ignorance ) some otos, and another cool catish

i ordered a pretty cool piece of drift wood from ebay and im going rock hunting saturday. (black background is also coming soon, that is just what i had)
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post #2 of 39 Old 08-12-2011, 08:44 AM
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Looks good, can't wait to see it planted. I'm horrible at aquascaping so I love looking at others for inspiration.
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post #3 of 39 Old 08-12-2011, 09:41 AM
watch out for the water sprite they get messy lol thanks for giving me my pic fix today =)

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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watch out for the water sprite they get messy lol thanks for giving me my pic fix today =)
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post #5 of 39 Old 08-12-2011, 09:55 AM
i and a few others find they don't really do well in certain tanks mostly low tech natural type ... the wither and melt and the dead leaves get all over the tank.making constant netting a must

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #6 of 39 Old 08-12-2011, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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i got this wood today, i like the pieces but i have never done this type of thing and with it full of water its a pain and with fish i think i did this backwards :(





i do have a question about these cheap plants i bought.

they dont have "roots" just looks like someone cut them off and they have little well roots i guess but do i just stick those down into the sand like i did? lol
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Looking good. What are the names of the plants that you got? If they are stem plants than you can stick them on in the substrate like you did. Also was thinking have you tried angling the wood in the center a little bit?
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Looking good. What are the names of the plants that you got? If they are stem plants than you can stick them on in the substrate like you did. Also was thinking have you tried angling the wood in the center a little bit?

i have a ton of plants from sweetaquatics coming so i just put the wood in there bc i could and left the plants where they are, i am not planning on it staying that way.

the one in the corner is kinda cool, its shaped like a V almost so its kinda like a little cave :D
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i and a few others find they don't really do well in certain tanks mostly low tech natural type ... the wither and melt and the dead leaves get all over the tank.making constant netting a must
i was planning on it just floating to help with nitrates/nitrites w/e
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The floating Water Sprite species in the profile will be best left floating, it does not grow as well if planted in the substrate. The other sometimes-seen species mentioned in the profile will be better planted. As a floating plant, Water Sprite is ideal. It prefers soft water, but once acclimated to medium hard is OK. Doesn't like to be moved to different conditions much, it may take a bit longer to "settle" in another tank.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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