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Old 02-04-2013, 11:18 AM   #11
 
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Thanks for the comments guys. We are very pleased with how it came out.

We will be updating with pics as it grows and as we move the other fish over.

I believe the plant is ChainSword - Narrow Leaf. We ordered the Deluxe pack from Liveaquaria.com
If the plant in question is the small one in the very centre, yes, that is Helanthium tenellum, commonly called the pygmy chain sword.

You will see it has a couple of inflorescences. This never occurs in submersed cultivation, so this is evidence that the plant has been cultivated emersed. A second proof of this is the shape of the leaves, which are the emersed form. As the plant establishes, these leaves will yellow and die, as new submersed growth emerges from the centre of the crown. You can read more in our profile, click the shaded name.

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Old 02-04-2013, 12:44 PM   #12
 
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If the plant in question is the small one in the very centre, yes, that is Helanthium tenellum, c ommonly called the pygmy chain sword.
You know......i read this bit......and was going to question it as it looks NOTHING like it! Added to that, the inflorescences and i was really doubting......But.....

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You will see it has a couple of inflorescences. This never occurs in submersed cultivation, so this is evidence that the plant has been cultivated emersed. A second proof of this is the shape of the leaves, which are the emersed form. As the plant establishes, these leaves will yellow and die, as new submersed growth emerges from the entre of the crown. You can read more in our profile, click the shaded name.

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Then i read the rest and it makes much more sense now
This is still my favourite plant......and still one i cant get hold of
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:17 PM   #13
 
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You know......i read this bit......and was going to question it as it looks NOTHING like it! Added to that, the inflorescences and i was really doubting......But.....



Then i read the rest and it makes much more sense now
This is still my favourite plant......and still one i cant get hold of
They are nice plants, I have both species, H. tenellum and the larger H. bolivianum. They grow very fast, sending out runners all over the tank. Too bad you're not here; when they are actively sending out runners I am tossing out plantlets weekly.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:55 PM   #14
 
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That's so very interesting information about the plant. Its crazy that there is so much behind every little detail in a tank.

In the 10gal the improvements are:
3 Red eyes: Schooling better
1 "Neon Barb": Not hiding anymore.
1 Neon Tetra: Also not hiding as much.
1 Panda Cory: Has seemed to calm down a bit and is not flying across the tank.

We recently found out that we received a barb from Petsmart instead of a "GloTetra".
Currently this barb is not getting his own food, but waits for it to fall to the substrate.
We have been wondering what is wrong with him. Hoping he gets better with his soon to be school.

Meanwhile in the 27gal:
*Plants have gotten better looking.
*All of the "Skirt Tetras" are doing amazing. (although the white one sometimes gets chased into the cave in the back by the others.)

** Looking at moving the Cory over with some friends on Wednesday. ( He has been trying to dig a lot in the gravel, and I am worried he will hurt himself.)

!!!Levels in both tanks are spot on!!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:58 PM   #15
 
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Those are nice looking plants you got. Did we discuss fertilizer? I won't go into all that again, but ask if we didn't. Without regular liquid fertilizer they willnot stay nice and green like that.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:52 PM   #16
 
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Yes we did! We actually picked up the Flourish "comp" fertilizer you recommended! Working great!
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:04 PM   #17
 
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Nilet if you are looking to get ahold of one of the plants you guys are talking about you can buy it from the place I did. Here is the link: Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: ChainSword - Narrow Leaf
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:35 AM   #18
 
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So before i had mentioned doing one really colorful fish in the tank. When at the LFS i came across the kribensis. I have read a lot about them, but i hear they are aggressive when spawning. But i also hear they are very peaceful even they aren't. How would these mix with the fish that have been planned out. More importantly the panda corys. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:16 AM   #19
 
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So before i had mentioned doing one really colorful fish in the tank. When at the LFS i came across the kribensis. I have read a lot about them, but i hear they are aggressive when spawning. But i also hear they are very peaceful even they aren't. How would these mix with the fish that have been planned out. More importantly the panda corys. Thanks in advance.
This is risky. For one thing, you have tetra that do tend to be nippy with sedate fish and I would not recommend adding a fish that will be such a temptation. For another, these "centrepiece" fish tend to reduce the size of the aquarium visually and effectively. A number of smaller fish will fill a space making it seem larger while a larger fish makes the space seem smaller.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:43 PM   #20
 
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Nilet if you are looking to get ahold of one of the plants you guys are talking about you can buy it from the place I did. Here is the link: Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: ChainSword - Narrow Leaf
Thanks a lot for the consideration prestono...but not sure they will ship to the UK

Byrons offered to send me them in the past too, but when you take in shipping prices, really not worth it! haha.

And i did find them here online not long ago, but i flat out refused to pay $25 per plant. Plus shipping! I also lost patience this last week and re did my whole tank 2 nights ago with new plants!
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