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Old 08-30-2011, 06:55 PM   #11
 
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I will have to keep my eyes peeled for some Pygmy chain sword. Petsmart gets plants once a week. They usually have a variety of swords and hornwort, Ludwigia but they will on occasion have an "extra" something. I have not had the best luck with the babies. I had a few swords that produced some babies but like I said, I also had Guppies and for some reason they really picked at the baby plants. I currently have 3 babies planted that were from my adult Amazon Swords. They are holding their own but holy cow do they grow slowly. I don't suppose their is anything one can do to promote babies other then general balanced care?

I think I would need a dozen baby swords to float and that is costly, especially if they get eaten int he early stages. ha ha

Have you ever used Hornwort at all? I was wondering about using it to wrap the tubing from the sponge filter and the cord from the heater.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:47 PM   #12
 
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I will have to keep my eyes peeled for some Pygmy chain sword. Petsmart gets plants once a week. They usually have a variety of swords and hornwort, Ludwigia but they will on occasion have an "extra" something. I have not had the best luck with the babies. I had a few swords that produced some babies but like I said, I also had Guppies and for some reason they really picked at the baby plants. I currently have 3 babies planted that were from my adult Amazon Swords. They are holding their own but holy cow do they grow slowly. I don't suppose their is anything one can do to promote babies other then general balanced care?

I think I would need a dozen baby swords to float and that is costly, especially if they get eaten int he early stages. ha ha

Have you ever used Hornwort at all? I was wondering about using it to wrap the tubing from the sponge filter and the cord from the heater.
Hornwort falls apart in my tanks. Stem plants in general, except for Pennywort, do not do well, due to low light.

Echinodorus species vary, but the common Amazon sword (Echinodorus bleherae) will send out inflorescences regularly if it is "satisfied." Here again they go through phases. I had immense inflorescences, 3 or 4 to each plant, with 2 and 3 branches, several months ago. Must have liked something. Probably due to the substrate fert sticks, Nutrafin's Plant-Gro sticks. I can't get them locally any longer, and the swords have not been the same; the parent plants are half their former size and no inflorescences. The ones in the 70g with the Flourite have sent out an inflorescence, so maybe that will develop.
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:45 PM   #13
 
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Hornwort falls apart in my tanks. Stem plants in general, except for Pennywort, do not do well, due to low light.

Echinodorus species vary, but the common Amazon sword (Echinodorus bleherae) will send out inflorescences regularly if it is "satisfied." Here again they go through phases. I had immense inflorescences, 3 or 4 to each plant, with 2 and 3 branches, several months ago. Must have liked something. Probably due to the substrate fert sticks, Nutrafin's Plant-Gro sticks. I can't get them locally any longer, and the swords have not been the same; the parent plants are half their former size and no inflorescences. The ones in the 70g with the Flourite have sent out an inflorescence, so maybe that will develop.

Well, the substrate has been changed out. Fish are back in their tank and they seem very happy. Not a lot has really changed other then the fact that it is so clean and fresh, just the way I like it. I went with your advice and kind of kept Rainbow Sharks log where it was and the wood where it was (except it flipped down and needs to be fixed) I did dig the log down a little bit and did some small movement of plants. I went to look to see if they had anything fun at Petsmart for plants as today was their shipment day and they wouldn't be all picked over but they didn't have anything.

I would like to figure out something to hide the filter a bit more and I will be wrapping the tubing and the cord with either Pennywort or hornwort in the near future. I think my fish had enough stress for one night and decided to let them relax the rest of the night. Lights are off and they are taking it cool. They did better then I thought. I figured they might appear a bit stressed after the whole ordeal but they just went about their business checking things out. I am happy with how my Corie's (Albino) show up now. I would just love to get some of that green Lacey looking stuff and maybe a reddish/Burgundy sword plant. I used to have one but I moved it too often and I killed it. Now, I know where I want it.

Darn it, I went to Petsmart and was sad that they didn't have any fun new plants and I forgot to look for the Nutrafin Plant grow sticks. Next time.

Anyway, any suggestions at all will be much appreciated. Water is a little cloudy yet from the turmoil and the wood on the far right will be picked up and moved back slightly.





In his happy home (the ugly log) He doesn't think I can see him. ha ha


Big happy family


How cute is this little Cory?




What else do I need and where?

Edit to add: One thing I need is to wash the glass of the aquarium. I am embarrassed that I didn't see it until I saw the pics blown up like this. ha ha
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:49 PM   #14
 
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I know you plan on covering it but black tubing would make it stand out a lot less. Try to make it go up one corner of the tank.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:04 PM   #15
 
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I know you plan on covering it but black tubing would make it stand out a lot less. Try to make it go up one corner of the tank.

Excellent suggestion on the colored tube. I actually ordered new tubing from Dr. Foster's and Smith but I ordered the wrong stuff and it is too big. I will look for some black tubing instead. As far as running it up the corner, I will have to see if I can make that happen. Right now I have it cut too short as I just wanted the filter a little off center rather then in a corner like I used to have it. Even then, the cord was sort of obvious because I didn't have it right in the corner. How do you secure it, or don't you?
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:08 PM   #16
 
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Well I have mine in a corner so it runs up it naturally.

I'm thinking one suction cup would work for you.

I got some "stealth" tubing from Big Al's. I'm sure you could find some on ebay with free shipping.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:09 PM   #17
 
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Looking at the pics again... If the tubing was long enough you could have it go down, even under the substrate, over to the left side and then up the back corner. You probably wouldn't even see it over there with the thicker plants.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:25 PM   #18
 
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I like that idea. One concern I have with bringing the tubing down under the sustrate and over is simply that it might make the hole at the top of the sponge filter hose more appealing to sneak into by smaller fish. I lost an Oto that way. :(

Any thoughts on plants? Notice there are some small holes in some of the leaves. I wonder who is doing that?
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:16 PM   #19
 
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Byron's the man for that.


I have 3 planted tanks but if you want to know what is in them I have to look at the receipts!
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:39 AM   #20
 
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Byron's the man for that.


I have 3 planted tanks but if you want to know what is in them I have to look at the receipts!
Ha Ha, Me too. I know the Amazon Swords, the Pennywort, the Hornwort, Cabomba, Anacharis and the Java Fern and Moss, wisteria but other names for plants, I am pretty much at a loss. I might be able to pick out an Anubis as well but there are different varieties of those as well. That is part of the reason I would like some others in there as once I have them, I can remember them. At least their common names, I am not yet getting the scientific names. One step at a time, right?
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