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Advice for Converting Established Tank to Planted
Old 12-04-2011, 12:09 AM   #61
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Thanks! I've been staring at it all night with a faint light in the room watching the new fishies behavior with the plants at night :) The Emerald's are a lot more active without the Clown Loaches, the loaches used to be very passive but I think they just took up too much room the Cory's are loving having the bottom alone. I wonder how they would react to some shrimp... hmm... The Black Neon Tetra's were a much better idea than the Bloodfin Tetra's they are fitting in with the Rasbora's like a large school, it's neet to watch them. This is the largest school I've had before.

I'm really excited for the Swords to get a little taller and fill in the back left corner. Not to excited about the infamous crypt melt I've been reading about. I did reposition it from the left middle to the center to replace one of the "short grass" and put that between the argentines in the back and the amazon on the front right. I am soo happy with the way it looks I think I might finally give it a break and let it all grow in now while I try Byron's nitrate regime.

I ordered a sponge filter online but I might jump the gun and get one from Walmart tomorrow I think they have the Hagen Elite Double in stock. The one I ordered was the Hydro. (I'll use the Hyrdro on my 10g when I plant it hehe) Really want to get rid of the current from the tank so I can free-float some plants and cover the surface. Getting the clows out today stirred up the Anacharis and it just kept getting pushed around and down so my thoughts are that is too much for what I want to do with the tank.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:34 AM   #62
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I have the black neon and harliquin rasbora in my 55 as well and I agree they are very, very nice together. : )
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:55 AM   #63
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So I have been reading up on painting/poster board for my black wallpaper. I saw one post somewhere about someone using window ting and when I was leaving work I walked by our wall rack of that decal material (you know the stuff they make window decals out of) and thought hmm maybe. So I cut enough for "two runs" since it measured two inches shorter than the height of my tank.

Wife thought I was absolutely nuts and well she was right, instal was a pain in the arse. Have you ever put on one of those window decals, imagine doing that in one large piece to the back of a tank with water and only a 3 inch gap from the wall... not fun.. but the results are AMAZING! Since it is adhered it looks like painted glass but you have the ease of peeling it off.

First I had to cut the holes off the sides since it came from a roll made to go through the cutting machine, then I had to cut it lengthwise then on another piece had to cut a 2.5" strip (to allow some overlap when putting it over the other one to fill the gap at the bottom) I used a razor blade and flat metal right edge to guide the lines. I had one with a 12" main edge so the edges are not 100%.

Anyways here it is installed on my tank and all I can say about the black background is WOW. the plants really do stand out a thousand times better and the fish colors are also more noticable. It's simply awesome. I hope the fishies didn't get too stressed with the night time commotion :(

Here is a new pic that shows the new plants and the black background. My sponge filter comes on Friday and I have a local donor that is giving me some duckweed next week. I can't believe how much more I enjoy the tank now, the transition is amazing. Sorry for the crappy picture, I'm still trying to figure out this tank photography thing, a few members provided some tips so I think it's better but my camera sucks at focusing on a bright tank in a dark room. :(

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Old 12-06-2011, 08:28 AM   #64
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Very very nice! And your pic is better than the last one in my opinion because you don't have the glare from the flash. ; )
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:55 AM   #65
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So I noticed my first snail this morning, haha, must of hitch hiked on the last few plants I bought, either came with the Lutea Crypt or more likely the Pygmy Chain Sword. Saw him crawling on the front glass, he's a wittle baby snail aww so cute. I wonder how fast the little bugger is going to multiply.
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:13 PM   #66
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So I changed to the sponge filter last night, it's awesome how much more active the fishies are without the current. Most notably the gourami who no longer hangs out at the bottom behind the driftwood. He now hangs out at the top curiously poking at the floating anacharis, the Tetra and Rasbora who previously stayed bunched to the upper right side (probably out of the way of the HOB flow) are now darting all over the tank and checking it out, even the Brochi seem to be more comfortable exploring, they have been examining the top of the drift wood for about 20 minutes, usually they just stayed huddled on the bottom! *does the fish wiggle my 2 year old taught me*
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:41 PM   #67
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Quite a difference from where you started

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Old 12-08-2011, 05:13 PM   #68
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Thanks! I know I was just looking back at some of the old old pictures. I thought it was awesome when I went to sand and added silk plants lol. I am completely amazed at the transformation.Coming from two overpowered HOB filters, fake decor, and an obnoxious bubble bar to this calm, tranquil, natural environment is night and day! I am completely hooked. Next project will be to plant the 10g :)
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:10 AM   #69
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Got some new plants and planted the 10g you can read about here.

Just wanted to update with a new photo for progress.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:03 AM   #70
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That is a nice balanced aquascape. Good work.

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