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post #91 of 97 Old 04-30-2012, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Been a while since I posted some updated tank shots so here goes. The Melon Sword in the 29g is doing amazing, it is HUGE, the Dwarf Val has about 20 plantlets right now. Other than a few I cut off a month back for Boredom (sorry, still in the tank ) I am letting them just run wild. The floating mass on the top is now all Pennywort with a few branches of Anacharis that made it to the top (I had cut them all down to about 2" below the surface a week ago, grows like a weed). The Ludwigia Repens is doing surprisingly well since I changed the light from the 8000k to the 6700k, I've cut it twice now and it just keeps growing back, have 3 healthy shoots (started with only one). Hacked off about a foot worth of Wisteria since it was growing along the surface and getting intwined with the the pennywort. Crypts are coming back, slowly but surely. Overall I'm very happy with how far it has come.

Now for the 10g. Believe it or not this was after a HEAVY pruning. I tossed out half of the Anacharis and Wisteria before taking the picture. The wisteria on both sides had grown up and completely covered the surface, looked neat but couldn't even find an open spot for feeding so I hacked down the one on the right to a stub and took a large branch of the left rear one. Crypts, sword, and anubias all doing great in this tank. Unlike the 29g which (knock on wood) has not seen a single strand of algae since going planted I do get very minor green hair algea in the 10g, mostly wrapped up near the base of the crypts. I pull it out weekly and it has not gotten out of control. Also loving the way this tank looks!

"Going low-tech planted is liberating, a feeling similar to running through the sprinklers naked with a bottle of jack daniels." - Kangy
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post #92 of 97 Old 04-30-2012, 05:44 PM
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Looking very nice indeed.

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post #93 of 97 Old 04-30-2012, 05:59 PM
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I agree very nice.

55 gallon planted tank, starting over!!!( looking crappy, needs a major rescape)
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post #94 of 97 Old 04-30-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Byron and Jayy! Wish I've been more active on the form lately, hope everyone's tanks are doing well!

"Going low-tech planted is liberating, a feeling similar to running through the sprinklers naked with a bottle of jack daniels." - Kangy
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post #95 of 97 Old 04-30-2012, 06:47 PM
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Kangy your tanks are looking great! Nicely done.

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post #96 of 97 Old 07-16-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Alright decided to do a monthly cut back yesterday with my water change.

Before (the pennywort had literally taken over the top and was actually starving out a few substrate plants, I have to toss out handfulls of it weekly, the anacharis had become so long and interwined with it I yanked it all out and took a 6 of the healthier strands and cut them way down. Also did a decent pruning on the sword to remove a couple dieing leaves)


Remaining Pennywort

Finished product

I might as well toss up a new one of the 10g who is kind of the step sister of the 29g being that it gets all the scrap plants lol It has a few strands of pennywort but it hasn't really taken off yet. Wisteria comes and goes in spurts, it will flourish then die back then flourish again. The Anacharis I've just let go to create a whip border around the whole perimeter of the surface.

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post #97 of 97 Old 07-17-2012, 01:26 AM
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Kangy, Tanks looking good as usual. Nice work!
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