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55 gallon planted tank progress( for those who care)
Old 04-14-2012, 08:18 PM   #101
 
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Bacopa

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Driftwood

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Right corner, I plan to put some java fern on that piece of driftwood.

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Old 04-14-2012, 08:27 PM   #102
 
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Wink last of pics

The plants I bought include; 2 stalks ludwigia, 2 stalks bacopa, 2 stalks creeping jenny, 1 red melon sword, 1 ozlet sword, 1 pot of dwaf chain sword.

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Pennywort.

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Old 04-14-2012, 09:16 PM   #103
 
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One suggestion. Move the wood on the left a bit to the right, about even in front of the filter tube behind. Then a tall-growing plant in the left rear corner, this is where something like Brazilian Pennywort is ideal. This will expand the visual space and make the tank look larger. When there is a lot of chunky wood in a tank, you can get away with some in the corners because the several pieces extend the space visually. But when you only have one or two pieces, and one is large, it should be away from the end walls or it tends to box in the size.

Nice work.

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Thanks Bryon! It can't help but come out nice when learning from a master like you . I have one of these in the corner,Ruffled Aponogeton (Aponogeton crispus) , Will it still give the same affect?
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:44 AM   #104
 
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Thanks Bryon! It can't help but come out nice when learning from a master like you . I have one of these in the corner,Ruffled Aponogeton (Aponogeton crispus) , Will it still give the same affect?
Yes, that should grow to the surface and be "bushy" so it will wrap around the wood in a sense.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:55 AM   #105
 
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Yes, that should grow to the surface and be "bushy" so it will wrap around the wood in a sense.
Good, I don't have to find a new spot for it.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:06 PM   #106
 
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Yesterday, I moved the driftwood over, like Bryon suggested and replanted some plants. I also want to add some fish next time I go to my lfs. I saw some clown plecos and I'm thinking about getting one. I've read that they hide most of the time, but I still want one. Has anyone kept one before?
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:32 PM   #107
 
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Question Darker sand?

I heard Bryon say over time that sand will darken. I'm not sure if he meant all sand or just the brand he uses. My sand is light tan, but is looks darker when dry or wet and not under the tank light. I know that if your sand is too light, your fish won't be as comfortable and won't look their best. My fish look great, but I just want to make sure they're showing their BEST colors.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:48 PM   #108
 
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I saw some clown plecos and I'm thinking about getting one. I've read that they hide most of the time, but I still want one. Has anyone kept one before?
I temporarily had 2 of them in my 29g that I rescued. For the 6 or so weeks they were in there they were not happy. They hid all of the time, when they did come out it was to exercise (they are shoaling fish and love a nice long tank). They would piss off the cories (not being mean, just by mulling them over), would uproot plants, etc. I'm sure though housed in a longer tank they would be less of an annoyance. You should have three minimum though so keep that in mind.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:54 PM   #109
 
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I temporarily had 2 of them in my 29g that I rescued. For the 6 or so weeks they were in there they were not happy. They hid all of the time, when they did come out it was to exercise (they are shoaling fish and love a nice long tank). They would piss off the cories (not being mean, just by mulling them over), would uproot plants, etc. I'm sure though housed in a longer tank they would be less of an annoyance. You should have three minimum though so keep that in mind.
ok, but the profile says they territorial and I don't see anything about keeping them in 3's.

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Old 04-19-2012, 07:07 PM   #110
 
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On the sand, I think this will improve as the tank matures. Floating plants will help as it diffuses the overhead light. More chunks of wood on the bottom help. A layer of dry leaves is another method. And of course, more plants. Something like pygmy chain sword will soon spread.

On the clown pleco, i just revised the profile yesterday as it was missing information. The territorial issue is more related to males, I think I may have missed that. I've not kept this particular species of loricariid, but I have kept others. Unless you want the interest of spawning them, a single fish is probably better. But one thing was clear in my research for the profile--this is a very shy fish. One source said if you want a fish you will never see, fine, but otherwise, try something else. Might have been an exaggeration, but...

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