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post #1 of 22 Old 02-09-2012, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Finally finshed my 20g rescape

Oi. After weeks and weeks of fighting with myself over my 20 long rescape, its finally done. Now I just need to let it all fill in, as it looks alot thin everywhere!

from left to right, ceratopteris thalictroides, hornwart, anubias (on the wood), some ceratopteris cornuta floating overhead, a short wall of red ludwigia, red crypt wendtii, red tiger lotus, a tiny bleheri sprout in the gravel, a foreground red crypt (which will get reloacated), a tiny sprig of hornwart hiding in the back, with some more red crypt, and finally E. bleheri in the right corner.



just today started dosing with flourish comp, and flourish tabs. Lighting is 30 watts of spiral CFLs. Howd i do?








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post #2 of 22 Old 02-09-2012, 06:55 PM
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I think once it fills out it will be really pretty! I haven't tried live plants yet. Currently, I just have my 5 gallon pea puffer tank... so eventually I might switch out the fake with real... we'll see!
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Looks great! The combo of Red Ludwigia Tiger Lotus is going to be especially beautiful. With planted and floating water sprite, you shouldn't have to wait long for it to fill in! Nice work!


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Looking good!

Look so much bigger than my 20g, but I have a tall instead of long. Odd how that makes such a difference.
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post #5 of 22 Old 02-10-2012, 01:02 PM
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The extra 6 inches of the 20 Long is significant, isn't it.

One suggestion would be to move the lily toward the back and a bit more off-centre. Otherwise, very nice.

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post #6 of 22 Old 02-10-2012, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I might actually do just that. I want to try to get it directly under the light so it gets the bright pink leaves on short stems.

Oh and byron, the profile for hornwort needs to be updated. The growth rate should be listed as "unreal" or better yet "get out the lawnmower" I put the hornwort in the gravel on thursday (8 days ago) and the tallest stem was about 2/3 the height of the aquarium. Today, I had to trim it and replant the top as it was to the top, and almost half way across the surface!

Thanks for the positives guys its nice to hear kind opinions from peers.

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post #7 of 22 Old 02-11-2012, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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couple new pics I took tonight. The hornwort was 2/3 the height of the tank. I cut it after 8 days, replanted the top, now both are 2/3 the height of the tank. The stuff is just unreal! The water sprite has almost doubled in size in the last 9 days. As it grows and I replant it the hornwort will come forward up to the anubias driftwood and the water sprite will be planted behind it for a full layer effect. The ludwigia will hopefully fill out and be planted to the front, though it might get replaced with something that isnt so fussy about light.


The first is the water sprite from below. Im still dumbfounded at its growth.



The second is an updated FTS. I moved the tiger lotus back and to the right, and took out another sprig of hornwort that didnt do so hot. The dark cloudiness is due to A) sediment, B) sediment on the glass and C) tannins from the new drift wood. Itll clear up with some water changes

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post #8 of 22 Old 02-12-2012, 01:42 PM
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Really like the dark substrate and the tiger lotus. It's nice to have some none green plants for some more color. I plan on picking up some telanthera soon to see if it will grow ok for me.
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post #9 of 22 Old 02-12-2012, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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that would be gorgeous! you stand a fighting chance with the lighting you have too, I would think.

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post #10 of 22 Old 03-01-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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update. Not much has changed aside from the relocated tiger lotus, and the crazy growth. Trying to find something short for sporadic ground cover, but for now we will have to look at the gravel


FTS as of about 2 hours ago


My anubias, growing like a weed


My tiger lotus, sporting its short, stocky new growth. Most of the original leaves melted when I moved it.

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