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Finally moved into the 30 Gallon!
Old 12-14-2011, 09:46 PM   #31
Yeah I know. There is a guy here locally that has some water sprite I'm gonna try and get may just float it for a while to help with the ammonia.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:12 AM   #32
Havent updated in a little while....

Never did get the water sprite, have been doing water changes almost daily. I am not having luck with the Hygrophila Corymbosa. Have already lost a few stems and the 4 I still have, the leaves are getting holes/turning clear and falling off. I wonder if I have them too close? I have 2 stems bundled together with a weight.

The Pygmy Chain sword has been doing amazing. Started with 8 plantlets and there are now 14 and 6 more runners that havent sprouted. Still have not gotten my root caps yet (mail mix up). My vals have started a couple runners. I do have 1 Osmocote root cap that I got from a friend in the middle of those so that helped I'm sure.

The Limnophila Aromatica that I didnt expect to do well has actually grown about 1 1/2 - 2 inches. Its pretty cool. The undersides of the leaves are a nice pink/purple.

The Dwarf lilly bulb has sprouted. It has, I think, 3 stems coming out of it about 1 1/2 inches long.

Dwarf water lettuce is sending runners.

I am getting some algae on the driftwood. The branch right in the middle that curves upward a little is getting some green/brown algae, and what looks like maybe hair algae. I'm thinking it's because it is closer to the light. Have been trying to keep the floaters in the middle to block it some. Next water change I will try and clean it off, and I will cut the light back by an hour.

The fish are doing well, except that I did lose 1 of the cories . Had to have been the ammonia. The rest are doing great, no red gills or anything and very playful.

This is my next plant order, I think. Please give me some insight on what may or may not work:
1 bunch (6 stems) Bacopa Caroliniana
1 bunch (6 stems) Ludwigia Repens
1 Crypt Wendtii 'Red'
1 Crypt Undulata
2 pieces of Java moss

Thoughts? Which of the 2 would more like do better for me out of the Bacopa and Ludwigia? I will use the Bacopa/Ludwigia in the spot where the Hygro is now. Will probably combine the 2 spots where I have the Limnophila and put the Crypt Undulata in the other spot. Crypt Wendtii Red may also go where the Hygro is now instead of the Bacopa/Ludwigia. I thought about getting an Amazon Sword but I am afraid it would take over the tank haha. Also looked at Echinodorus Parviflorus 'Tropica' which is like a mini amazon sword I guess, as it only gets to about 6 inches high.

Well, that's enough rambling from me for now. I will get some pics up this evening hopefully. Thanks for reading!

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Old 12-22-2011, 03:58 PM   #33
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The standard Amazon Sword does get pretty big, I once had one that nearly filled my tank (20 gal tall), had to get rid of it. I have two Echinodorus parviflorus currently and in my tank are only about 2-3 inches tall max. If you want something a bit bigger, take a look at the 'compacta' variety of Echinodorus bleheri. I had one before and liked it a lot, got to be only about 6-7 inches tall.
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:15 PM   #34
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I had the Cabomba and did not have much luck with it.
The lower leaves kept dying and the parts I buried in the substrate kept rotting off.

I think it's a higher light level plant.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:03 AM   #35
Hope everyone had a merry Christmas! I sure did.

Got a PetSmart giftcard and finally bought my MagFloat. Also picked up 5 stems of Anachris for $3. Then I saw 2 peppered corys all alone so I bought them too, lol. Figured being with my 4 corys would be better than being the only 2 fish in the tank. Once they settled they were swimming right along with the Melanistius.

Placed another plant order:
1 Cryptocoryne wendtii "Red"
2 Cryptocoryne undulata
1 Water Sprite (1 12-15" plant/stem)
1 Rotala Rotundifolia (6 stems)
1 Bacopa Caroliniana (6 stems)

Also ordered some more MTS and a set of 12" tweezers. One Straight tipped and the other angled. Hopefully these will help with planting!
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:15 PM   #36
Plants came today!

1 Cryptocoryne wendtii "Red" - received 1
2 Cryptocoryne undulata - received 2
1 Water Sprite (1 12-15" plant/stem) - received 2 plants
1 Rotala Rotundifolia (6 stems) -definitely received more than 6 stems, maybe 12 or more
1 Bacopa Caroliniana (6 stems) - received about 10 stems

Pics aren't great, water was still a little cloudy. I will get some better ones probably tomorrow.

Wendtii 'Red'

Bacopa Caroliniana and 2 Undulatas


Dwarf lilly is doing great the leaf on the right is about 3 inches across

Let me know if you have any tips, something I may have overlooked.

Fish are doing great. Except the dwarf frog....cannot find him to save my life, thought I might have trapped him under a rock a couple nights ago, but when I moved that rock while I was planting tonight he wasnt there. Think he may have jumped ship and gotten eaten by one of the cats... Not cool.

It is crazy looking back at previous pics and seeing how much the Pygmy Chain Sword has multiplied, it's awesome! Started with 4 Vals and have about 6-8 new plants ranging from 1"-4".

Thinking about getting a canister for my birthday next month...we will see how that goes.

Okay enough for tonight. Let me know what you think!
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:20 PM   #37
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Very nice!! Looking your tank imspires me.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:24 PM   #38
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Hi! I kinda just came in and read this page and your first one but I wanted to say I LOVE the wood you have in your tank, and also your Harlequins look AWESOME. The cories are cute as well ^^

Super jealous of your tank haha. I'm gonna go and look through the pages now.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:27 PM   #39
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Actually I was apparently not on the right page when I made my last post 0.o

I'm redoing my 55gal right now and I hope it looks half as amazing as yours does! I love all the live plants you added, and I honestly didn't think it could get much better than the "plain" yet really cool way it looked on page one.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:28 PM   #40
Wow, thanks! Im really glad you like it.
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