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Best type of lighting for 120 Gallon Tank???
Old 11-18-2009, 03:34 PM   #21
 
I just wanted to update.

I ended up getting a box of 12, of the Sylvania T8 Daylight bulbs. Seriously, every store in the city is out of any other types of T8 that you mentioned lol. I wanted to mix them, but unfortunately I can't right now.

Anyways, I went ahead and changed the backround from blue to black. Black was on the backside, so I just had to flip it around.
I took the "greek" decor out, added about 3-4 pieces of driftwood.
I bought 2 Ozelot Swords, 2 Wisteria plants, 1 red ludwiga, 4 Variegated Japanese Dwarf Rush, and one more plant (I forget the name now, but it was potted).

I have to admit, the black backround, coupled with the vibrant green in the new plants looks fantastic. As soon as I find my digital camera, I will show some pics. My rope fish used to just stay in his cave all day, and come out for maybe half an hour. Now he just swims around non-stop.

The only thing I kind of regret, is getting the 2 potted plants. (I forgot the name of the one, and the other was one of the Ozelot Swords). The pots were larger than the height of my gravel, so I had to add more and now they look like they are on a hill.
Are potted plants any better or worse than non?
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:05 PM   #22
 
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I just wanted to update.

I ended up getting a box of 12, of the Sylvania T8 Daylight bulbs. Seriously, every store in the city is out of any other types of T8 that you mentioned lol. I wanted to mix them, but unfortunately I can't right now.

Anyways, I went ahead and changed the backround from blue to black. Black was on the backside, so I just had to flip it around.
I took the "greek" decor out, added about 3-4 pieces of driftwood.
I bought 2 Ozelot Swords, 2 Wisteria plants, 1 red ludwiga, 4 Variegated Japanese Dwarf Rush, and one more plant (I forget the name now, but it was potted).

I have to admit, the black backround, coupled with the vibrant green in the new plants looks fantastic. As soon as I find my digital camera, I will show some pics. My rope fish used to just stay in his cave all day, and come out for maybe half an hour. Now he just swims around non-stop.

The only thing I kind of regret, is getting the 2 potted plants. (I forgot the name of the one, and the other was one of the Ozelot Swords). The pots were larger than the height of my gravel, so I had to add more and now they look like they are on a hill.
Are potted plants any better or worse than non?

Sounds wonderful, any photos coming? Would like to see it now.

Is there a reason you don't take the plants out of the pots? Some aquarist prefer plants potted in the aquarium, but unless there is a reason they will grow as well, perhaps better, out of the pots and in the gravel. You just carefully pull the pot off, then remove as much of the "rock wool" that they are rooted in--very carefully so as not to break off roots; I find if you sort of slowly tear it off in strips it comes apart and the roots pull through or are freed naturally. Make a depression in the gravel and push the root mass in (some of the rock wool can stay on it, it won't hurt) and spread the gravel over. Then carefully pull the plant straight up slowly just to the point where the crown is not buried. That's it.

Rooted plants (swords, crypts) usually come in pots; sometimes you can get them non-potted, same plants; makes no difference.

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Old 11-18-2009, 07:55 PM   #23
 
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Sounds wonderful, any photos coming? Would like to see it now.

Is there a reason you don't take the plants out of the pots? Some aquarist prefer plants potted in the aquarium, but unless there is a reason they will grow as well, perhaps better, out of the pots and in the gravel. You just carefully pull the pot off, then remove as much of the "rock wool" that they are rooted in--very carefully so as not to break off roots; I find if you sort of slowly tear it off in strips it comes apart and the roots pull through or are freed naturally. Make a depression in the gravel and push the root mass in (some of the rock wool can stay on it, it won't hurt) and spread the gravel over. Then carefully pull the plant straight up slowly just to the point where the crown is not buried. That's it.

Rooted plants (swords, crypts) usually come in pots; sometimes you can get them non-potted, same plants; makes no difference.

Byron.
Wow Im so glad you told me that lol. Keeping it in the pot is such a hassle. They sell Ozelot Swords with, and without the pot, so I wasn't sure whether I was supposed to keep it in or not, or if it mattered. Now that I know I can take it out, I will for sure

I bought 4 neon Tetras as well, because I figured their colour would look great in front of the plants. I plan to get a couple more to finish the school, because they only had 4 left.

I will post pictures asap, when I find my digital! Thanks.
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