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Finally moved into the 30 Gallon!
Old 12-30-2011, 07:52 AM   #51
Originally Posted by Jayy View Post
Also were did you find your dwiftwood?
Never did answer this..I collected it from the James River here in Richmond
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:16 PM   #52
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Oh, maybe I'll find a nice piece at my local river.
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:28 PM   #53
Some more pics! Dont know what was going on with the white balance in the camera, some look really yellow and some really blue/green but they still came out okay.


Dwarf lilly is doing great!

Melanistius Corys! They love "sunbathing" on this rock. These guys are awesome. Don't know that I'll ever be able to catch it on camera but they have this really cool teal/silver sheen in their gill area at just the right angle.

Platy and a MTS

Crypts have started to melt a little, but that was expected. Java fern is starting to sprout adventitious plantlets. Rotala seems to be losing some of the red hue, but again, this was expected with my lower lights/no ferts/no CO2. Really like the way the Pygmy Chain Sword has filled in. Won't be long and I will be ready to start giving some away.

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Old 01-01-2012, 03:45 PM   #54
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Nice pics!! I really like those cories. Agh!!! I hate when crypts melt.
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:52 PM   #55
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I went nuts with Crypts recently. (three pots total, 7 plants in the 30g and 4 in the 10g) the first pot (Lutea) was pretty thin and I split into two plants. I had some slight melt but it recovered quickly and a week after planting it was going nuts. The second pot (Lutea) was also a small pot and split into two plants, both of those seem to of stalled out on me, not melted, but just sitting there, not nearly as vibrant as the first pot. Both of those were bought at a local Petco about a week apart. The third pot was a pot FULL of Wendtii green. I put three sprigs in the 30g and four sprigs in the 10g. All of those have been in a week, they stalled out at first, no melting though, just this morning I saw the first new growth, all are doing very well other than a single leaf here and there I trimmed off.

Anyways, sorry for the crypt diversion there, back to your tank. I was simply going to post "your tank just gave me a chub" but then I started rambling about crypts lol.

Looking amazing! I can't get over how awesome that driftwood is.
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:53 PM   #56
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p.s. cute baby :)
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:32 PM   #57
Thanks guys! Man, I didnt even think about splitting the crypts...I just took them out of the pot and planted as is.

Thanks kangy! He is now 17 months and cute as can be! He loooves the tank. He will stand/sit in front of it all day if we let him haha.
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:49 PM   #58
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I didn't think about splitting them at first either, if it wasn't for the first pot coming apart as soon as I removed and rinsed it I probably wouldn't of done it either. I was so nervous to plant the crypts after all the crypt melt horror stories lol. I was especially nervous seperating the Wendtii, it was a massive chuck bulging out of the pot those roots were so intwined I felt like a surgeon. I was so afraid of damaging the roots, but with slow steady patience it came apart nicely. I think it started as one plant that stayed potted for way to long and just spread until it couldn't spread anymore. Did you cut the roots on yours when you planted? I've read the proper way to plant plants in the aquarium is to cut the old root growth to encourage new growth, but also read that any disruption to the roots is what triggers the "crypt melt" I left mine all intact, not sure if I should of done that, if the old root mass will die off, or what will happen but as I posted above they seem to be doing well. They were a pain to plant with those deep roots though.

Sidenote: Awsome picture, and congratulations, is that your first? We have one girl (and a boy on the way due Feb 8th) She is two and a half now, lol terrible two's, she is awesome though, feeds the dog, picks up dog poo, feeds the fish every day, and helps hold the hose during water changes, she LOVES the aquariums, she will pull up her stool and sit there and watch the fish for 15 minutes at a time (with the attention span of a 2 year old I think that's pretty good lol). My wife asked her the other day if she wanted to go to the store and her response was "yay, I like getting plants for fish" haha shows I take her to the LFS maybe a little too often :)
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:17 PM   #59
Yes, I did trim the roots some, maybe a 1/4 inch. I have also read people suggests both ways so I have no idea the "proper" way to go about it.

Yes he is our first. Such a wonderful blessing. Yeah we are dreading the terrible twos. Congrats on the baby boy!! He is due on my wife's birthday! Awesome about the store! That is hilarious!
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:29 PM   #60
I have no will power...

Okay, I decided a while ago that I was going to have some Bolivian Rams. They do better at normal tropical tank temps as opposed to the Blue Ram who prefers warmer waters. I have been saying that I am going to get my Bolivians when my local fish clubs goes to the fish auction in Raleigh in February...

Well today we stopped by a LFS and saw their Rams. Now, I have been going in there every so often for a couple of months now checking them out, just admiring them. My birthday is in 2 weeks and as I am ogling the Bolivians (for about 30 minutes), my wife says "Do any look like they have paired up? Pick em out and let's take em home. Happy early birthday!" So I studied them for another 20 minutes or so and debated getting them now or waiting. The whole time I can hear one of the guys from the club in my head, "You coulda got 5 or 6 for that price at the auction!"

Well as you can surely guess by now....I now have what I am almost positive is a male and a female Bolivian Ram! Pretty much the whole time I was watching them they were swimming together. Here they are!

"Dude, you are already taking pics of me?"



I already love these fish! I can see why people fall for cichlids like they do....
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