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Changing substrate in an existing tank
Old 08-28-2011, 01:20 PM   #11
 
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it means you have an empty tank to aquascape without fear of fish getting caught or trapped. I do not like arranging wood/rock and plants with fish in the way.
True. Most of the fish wouldn't really be an issue with this but I would worry about the cories. They tend to flit around under my hands whenever I am moving things about. I just didn't want to stress them by removing them either. I guess I will play it by ear. It won't be happening until I have the better part of a day to dedicate to this. Maybe sometime after the holiday weekend. I would really like to get rid of the ugly plastic log my Rainbow shark lives in but, he really is attached to the log.




I guess as far as crappy plastic stuff goes, it at least sort of blends. I plant plants right up close to it so not that much of it shows. I want my fish to be happy and that seems to be a favorite by Rainbow so... I will regretably be adding it back into the tank. I am unfortunately also very very limited in what kinds of plants are available locally so... I can't make as many changes as I would like.

Any suggestions for a super duper easy plant that gets very very tall for a background? Not easily uprooted?
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Old 08-28-2011, 01:42 PM   #12
 
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Vallisneria. Once rooted, it will stay put. At first, as the roots will likely be minimal, perhaps a bit of rock at the base.
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:25 PM   #13
 
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Vallisneria. Once rooted, it will stay put. At first, as the roots will likely be minimal, perhaps a bit of rock at the base.

Does Vallisneria get real nice and thick? Does it spread out on it's own or does it sort of stay put?
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:23 AM   #14
 
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Does Vallisneria get real nice and thick? Does it spread out on it's own or does it sort of stay put?
It is like a sword plant. The leaves keep growing up from the crown. It sends out runners like pygmy chain sword once established; they can be left to form a spreading stand, or cut off.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:04 PM   #15
 
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Byron is the grassy stuff in my tank Hygrophila Augustifolia?

I have to say that since I changed the substrate the Rainbow shark is out and about a lot more and really pops against the dark eco. The cories are happy as can be bouncing all over the place.

Different question but I have about 15 cories in there. They are peppered Cories and the Albino variety. I got them at the same time but some grew 3 times the size they were and some stayed small. Is there a huge difference in the size between male and female or are some just runts? I thought I wanted bigger ones but I really do love watching the smallest ones. Wish I could get dwarf albinos.





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Old 09-01-2011, 01:14 PM   #16
 
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I can't see the plants clear enough to answer on the Hygrophila, but I don't think I see any of this plant.

Some fish grow, some grow less, some grow faster--who knows. Female corys will be rounder when viewed from above, noticeably so. They do tend to be a bit larger too, but that in itself is not indicative.
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:50 PM   #17
 
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Oh sorry, here is a better shot of the plant. I like this one but I am not sure what it is or how large I can expect it to grow. I have only had it a few months so far.


I like the grassy appearance but not a huge fan of hairgrass because it is more coarse and doesn't move as nice as this does. They have not had any more in the store since I got this as I look often in hopes of getting more. If you know what it is, Can it be split into smaller sections that will then fill out?
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:49 PM   #18
 
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I'm not sure what that is. Could be Echinodorus uruguayensis. What sort of rootstock?
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:40 PM   #19
 
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Oh my goodness, I temperarily stumped the master. ha ha It looks like a bunch of smaller bunches all in one. Maybe 3 hairs per little bulb? Also fairly long roots.

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Old 09-01-2011, 05:52 PM   #20
 
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It has a bulb?

No offense Inga, but the photo is not very clear. The leaves could be the Echinodorus I mentioned, or a crypt, or an aponogeton, or one of the "onion" species. And probably several others too.
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