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Old 02-20-2010, 05:11 PM   #21
 
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Hi Randy,

Your PM caused me to go back through this thread, and a couple comments from past comments. First, the Python faucet part, I had exactly the same issue with three different ones (they also kept breaking), this last time I got the Aqueon part, it fits the Python tube, and is much better made. I also prefer the valve control, a switch instead of moving the bottom piece up and locking it in place. Anyway, you might look into getting the Aqueon part, mine has never leaked or sprayed water like the Python did.

Second thing is remember that the swords on the right (Echinodorus bleheri) will get enormous after a few months; they will be up to the surface and about a foot in diameter (at the upper half) and will certainly need spacing out. Leave at least 6 inches between these plants. You can always move them later as they begin to grow. Just a heads up in case you're thinking of more plants, you will have big sword plants before long and space will be filled. It looks like you have maybe 6 or 7--if so, they will completely fill that tank even without anything else. Given the space, and with nutrients, they grow.

Third comment is the wood, it is centred; I would suggest moving it to the right, I think if you moved it directly to the right until the right edge is exactly where the swords start now, and obviously move the small plants that would be behind/under it then, it would make the space appear longer--which may not seem like something necessary now, but once those swords fill out I assure you the tank space will appear much smaller, and the wood repositioned would extend it. Also look less contrived.

Nice setup, terrific substrate, a very nice interesting chunk of wood, and a good start of plants.

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Old 02-20-2010, 05:21 PM   #22
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Whoa, I didn't realize swords grow THAT big. I obviously blew that part of my research. I will be taking some out that is for. Once they show which ones will be better plants I think 2 on the right and 1 front left corner by where the Pleco cave is going to. Thank you for the info.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:37 PM   #23
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Pictures showing the difference in plant growth in 1 week. Also can see the Dwarf Neon Rainbows down front in the middle. They were fed earlier and I broke up an algae wafer for the pleco's to eat. After the plecos left the Rainbows came over and started on picking the wafer the little piggies ;). I am going to have to figure out how to be smarter at feeding so that doesn't happen

First picture is from day 2 and second picture is from day 7
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:49 PM   #24
 
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Wow. Nice growth. That Val really shot up.
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:00 AM   #25
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Well, first 25% PWC and the fish hate me . Man did they freak out darting all over down low in the back amongst the plants. I had to be real careful in vacuuming any gravel with the python as one fish darted almost under the tube as I was putting it in the gravel. I had one hand on the valve the whole time so I could shut it off almost instantly since I was so petrified I was going to "clean" a rainbow.
I think I was as stressed as the fish were

PWC went well other than that. It got rid of a lot of green floaties that were in the tank from the various plantings and the first top up went without any issues, other than stressed out fish anyways. It will be interesting to see how long it takes them to settle and start to move after this. I had to turn the aquarium lights on early so I could see to clean and then turned them right off again after so we are staying away from the tank until the lights come on in an hour or so. Take water parameters at that time and I hope the fish start to move around a bit by then.
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:04 AM   #26
 
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Lol. Scared fishies. It's probably just their nature to flip out. Tetras are so meek and timid.
These frickin' silver tips I have are like baby piranha. They're all up in my business when I'm in the tank.
Python water change time too. Right there are the tube.

Tank is looking good mate. I really like that dw. Makes me want to change mine.
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:36 PM   #27
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Added some fish today. We now have 10 Cherry barbs and 4 Pearl Gourami in the tank. The lady at the LFS was trying to get 1-2 boys with 2-3 girls on the Gouramis but they are younger and it was a bit hard to tell. After getting them home and looking at pictures online I might have ended up with 4 girls.. which are less colourful in the Pearl Gouramis hmph. I might have to go and buy a couple boys to give the girls someone to gossip about :)

The Aponogeton in the left back corner is growing TOO fast. Man I cant believe it can grow that quickly.
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:41 PM   #28
 
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Wow. And those plants in the right rear took off in 5 days. Congrats on the new fish.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:02 AM   #29
 
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That tank just keeps looking better and better!
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:52 AM   #30
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Wow. And those plants in the right rear took off in 5 days. Congrats on the new fish.
Good point Eric. I knew they had grown but I didn't notice how much until you pointed it out. My wife is scratching her head about my green thumb with aquatic plants since, as she says "But you can't even get the lawn to grow properly" . Of course, I put it down to research, the good advice from experienced planted tank people on this forum, and dumb luck
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