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post #11 of 20 Old 04-12-2012, 08:13 AM
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tank looks great.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #12 of 20 Old 04-12-2012, 08:31 AM
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Impressive! no soundtrack? jk
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post #13 of 20 Old 04-12-2012, 11:50 AM
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Super, well done. My only suggestion is some floating plants. Water Sprite if you can get one. The benefits cannot be overstated.

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Super, well done. My only suggestion is some floating plants. Water Sprite if you can get one. The benefits cannot be overstated.
Can you provide a link to get some?? I cant find them anywhere here locally.

I am in Phoenix, AZ if you know of anywhere around here to get them.
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post #15 of 20 Old 04-12-2012, 01:44 PM
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You have a really nice set up!! this is such a fun hobby!!
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Hey Byron,

can you let us know of some common run of the mill stem plants that can be floated?

My LFS stores don't stock floating plants, as they say they take away the light from plants underneath etc..

I might ask them to order me some water sprite, but they might have something non floating that I could float for now..

Nice tank by there way Macrocosm!! Plants are defo the way forward! listen to Byron, he is the jedi master.
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Hey Byron,

can you let us know of some common run of the mill stem plants that can be floated?

My LFS stores don't stock floating plants, as they say they take away the light from plants underneath etc..

I might ask them to order me some water sprite, but they might have something non floating that I could float for now..

Nice tank by there way Macrocosm!! Plants are defo the way forward! listen to Byron, he is the jedi master.

The force is strong in this one! LOL

I asked the same question to the guy at PetSmart.... He said "I am pretty sure you can float any of these" .... Boy was he wrong.... Big Box strikes again...

The only thing I am worried about is that the plants seem to be browning a bit and developing some spots. I assume this is because my tank is JUUUUUUUUUST finishing the first real cycle. I hope that these plants make it... but I am fully expecting that I will need to replace them.
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Best way to get Water Sprite seems to be from hobbyists who have it. If either of you lived in Canada, I would mail some. But I no longer ship into the US because the delays and fussing at the border result in dead plants if they do even make it to the destination. I literally toss out WS every week, 1/3 of a pail went yesterday just from 2 tanks, and it will be the same next week. This is a super plant.

Stem plants that float well: Brazilian Pennywort is ideal. Green Cabomba, esp good with fry. Hornwort, Egeria, etc--practically any of the lacy stem plants; some of these I do not personally like for various reasons, but if you can find them they may be worth a try. Wisteria will float, this might be your best bet aside from Water Sprite.

As a permanent floating plant I am not fond of duckweed because it has little substance. Salvinia (a true floater) is better. Amazon Frogbit but this plant goes through cycles of growth (even flowering) when it covers the surface and then dying back to a couple leaves in the entire tank; and it seems difficult to find.

Byron.

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[QUOTE=Byron;1044605]Best way to get Water Sprite seems to be from hobbyists who have it. If either of you lived in Canada, I would mail some. But I no longer ship into the US because the delays and fussing at the border result in dead plants if they do even make it to the destination. I literally toss out WS every week, 1/3 of a pail went yesterday just from 2 tanks, and it will be the same next week. This is a super plant.

I used to live in Canada, does that count?? Currently in the uk, I guess they wouldn't last all that way eh? haha.

Currently got some Anacharis thats got long and some of the stems have pulled away from the substrate, thats is spreading at the surface, also got some green cabomba on the other side of the tanks thats spread like wild fire, its gone a bit thin in places though. but again that is spreading out at the surface. but I want that light cover, there are some dark spots in the tank where the fish can get away from the direct light, but the tank as a whole is pretty open to direct light from above. want to get that swamp look like I see you have in your tanks. ahh one day!
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