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post #21 of 38 Old 10-02-2010, 12:46 AM
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All I do is gently unwrap them from the packaging and put them in the tank
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post #22 of 38 Old 10-05-2010, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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WooHooo!! They are on the way. It shipped today and hopefully will be here by the end of the week

75 Gallon Community Tank
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Natural Colored Gravel
2 pc Driftwood 3 Large Rocks
Lots of plants
4' 65ooK Ultra Sun Super Daylight

Fishies: 5 Black Skirt Tetra, 4 Bronze Cory, 6 Harley Rasbora, 6 Bloodfin Tetra, 8 Zebra Danio, 6 Cherry Barbs
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post #23 of 38 Old 10-05-2010, 10:07 PM
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All I do is gently unwrap them from the packaging and put them in the tank
Sounds like me. Looking some of these other tanks makes me wish I'd had a plan though. Good thing about stem plants... I can move them any time.

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WooHooo!! They are on the way. It shipped today and hopefully will be here by the end of the week
Did you end up going with the hairgrass, or something else around the driftwood?
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post #24 of 38 Old 10-06-2010, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Much to my surprise my plants were here this afternoon when I got home. Guess thats the good thing about living close to the supplier huh. I got them all in and I think I ended up with a little more than I thought I would have. By the time this stuff gets established, I think Im going to be very heavily planted. Not what I was looking for, but I think it should look nice onces its all grown. And I can always cut back or remove things as it becomes too crowded. I dont have nayh pics just yet as the tank is cloudy from moving all the gravel around. As soon as it clears up some I will get some pics up. Some of the things I had expceted to come in smaller were quite large and a couple things I expected to be larger were a little smaller than I thought they would be.


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Sounds like me. Looking some of these other tanks makes me wish I'd had a plan though. Good thing about stem plants... I can move them any time.


Did you end up going with the hairgrass, or something else around the driftwood?
I ended up going with Dwarf Sagittaria Subulata. It turned out to be something different than I had expected. I thought it was going to be a short plant, three inches according to the site, but was closer to probably 6. I put it in anyway, but just not quite so centered to the wood. The original thought was to plant it directly in front of the wood and let it form its "carpet" across the front of the tank. It may end up coming out and putting the Hairgrass in. It was suggested by a few folks here but I didnt go with it because it looked like it likes lots of light and fine substrate. Neither of which is in abundance in my tank.

75 Gallon Community Tank
Fluval 405 Filter
Natural Colored Gravel
2 pc Driftwood 3 Large Rocks
Lots of plants
4' 65ooK Ultra Sun Super Daylight

Fishies: 5 Black Skirt Tetra, 4 Bronze Cory, 6 Harley Rasbora, 6 Bloodfin Tetra, 8 Zebra Danio, 6 Cherry Barbs
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post #25 of 38 Old 10-06-2010, 06:36 PM
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WooHoo Can't wait to see the pictures I bet its awsome.

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post #26 of 38 Old 10-06-2010, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Ok guys, heres a preliminary pic. I just couldnt wait any longer for some comments. The water is pretty cloudy still, but here ya go. And I think that background has got to go. Im just not feeling it








75 Gallon Community Tank
Fluval 405 Filter
Natural Colored Gravel
2 pc Driftwood 3 Large Rocks
Lots of plants
4' 65ooK Ultra Sun Super Daylight

Fishies: 5 Black Skirt Tetra, 4 Bronze Cory, 6 Harley Rasbora, 6 Bloodfin Tetra, 8 Zebra Danio, 6 Cherry Barbs

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post #27 of 38 Old 10-06-2010, 07:18 PM
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Agree on removing the picture background, it is distracting from the plants and fish. A plain black or dark brown or even very dark gray works to make the plant greens and fish colours stand out nicely.

The water will clear, and the plants will become settled and grow. Then you may want to shift this or that; except for crypts, most plants can tolerate being moved a bit as long as it is not too often.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #28 of 38 Old 10-07-2010, 08:23 AM
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I agree with you and Byron that background is bad. LOL As he said a solid dark background will do wonders for the way the plants and fish stand out. Someone on here used window tint and it looked really nice.

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55 gallon, 44 gallon, one 20 gallon tank, three 10 gallon tanks, and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.

I have MTS and there is no cure.

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post #29 of 38 Old 10-07-2010, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, it came with a few and they all were bad. Just popped themmup to see them and just never took that one back down

Funny you should mention using tint. I had considered doing that myelf. I have been working on tinting the windows in my house and thought about putting some on there if i had any left over. I actually ran short. Still have a few more windows to do but didnt order enough tint. Only planned on doing the front of the house but liked it so much i decided to do the whole house. The tint i am using is slightly reflective, would that matter any. Not mirrorlike but does have a hint of reflective property
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post #30 of 38 Old 10-07-2010, 09:06 AM
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Love the planting, that will fill in nice!!!!

I pers love the window tint because you'll never have the issues like you do with these posters to get water inbetween it and the glass.
Little off topic but why are you doing your whole house with it, that sounds interesting???

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