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post #11 of 42 Old 04-20-2012, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't, this would be a first. I've heard nothing but positive things about them though.

I don't like what I see at aquabid quite often. 'live arrival' guarantees that amount to nothing more than credit on a future purchase. But since you have to pay for shipping again ... it's a pretty worthless guarantee. I see that more with fish than plants though.
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post #12 of 42 Old 04-20-2012, 05:15 PM
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Wow! I can't wait to see the finished or even "in progress" tank. Sounds amazing. I had little luck with the E. cordifolius. I had 4 of them and lost all 4. I too liked the longer stems as it just gave a different appearance. I see I still have a root in the back and it appears to be doing something so... maybe it will make a come back?

Geo have you ordered through Liveaquaria before? I always wondered. I have ordered several things through Dr. Foster's and Smith and had excellent customer service, was happy with the shipping and the quality for the money.
I know I'm just jumping in here, but my first order was through liveaquaria. They were great. All the plants were in great shape and they were really generous on all the plants they sent. I just did a order through Planted Aquariums Central It wasn't to bad, for the most part they were all great plants, but they forgot one of my plants on my order. I didn't say anything because they gave me tons more of the other plants. The only plant that didn't look great after shipping was the start grass. But I've never seen this as a live plant, just from pics. Well see after a couple weeks how everything turns out, as I just rescaped yesterday.
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post #13 of 42 Old 04-21-2012, 06:49 AM
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Good to know. Yes, I have ordered through planted aquarium central and was pretty happy with everything. I had two plants that I almost missed because they were pretty small but they had included a few extras of something else and the two small plants grew rapidly.

Here are BOTH of the two small plants together. I literallly had almost threw them out since they were so tiny.


But here they are a few weeks later. No worries, if the plants are healthy, they grow, so small is alright. ha ha


I can't wait to see your order from live aquaria. Someday, I might be ordering from them as well.. Maybe sooner then later. ha ha

My only recommendation is that one spends more right off and orders everything they want rather then putting in more then one order like I did. It cost so much for shipping that it isn't worth it to do that. I just wasn't familiar with the company and wanted to make sure I got what I wanted before spending too much.

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post #14 of 42 Old 04-21-2012, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Plants ordered, I'll be sure to post a picture, they'll arrive Wednesday. I may have thrown a couple extra plants on the list...

When shipping cost is fixed.... I just couldn't help adding a couple extra cheap ones
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Plants ordered, I'll be sure to post a picture, they'll arrive Wednesday. I may have thrown a couple extra plants on the list...

When shipping cost is fixed.... I just couldn't help adding a couple extra cheap ones

Ha Ha Good for you. More is best when it comes to plants, in my opinion.

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I do like how the E. cordifolius has the long stocks, I'll certainly be getting one of those.

Speaking of filter flow... where should I put the spray bar? Back wall, or side? And pointed out, angled down, or straight down? I'll probably have a piece of driftwood in that area with Java Fern on it.
Spraybar should go along an end wall, at the opposite end to the filter intake so the water moves down the tank. Plan this in advance, as the fish will tend to face upstream, some more than others. When there is no need for a current (meaning, no fish that need one) I direct the line of holes into the end glass at an angle; you can experiement to find the best angle to have a slight surface movement too.

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post #17 of 42 Old 04-22-2012, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, all done. Think this is enough plants?



Looking forward to the plants Wednesday. Ideas welcome on driftwood placement, I just kind of randomly plopped them down.
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I would suggest a bit more random spacing between the chunks of wood. By which I mean leaving more open space or less open space between some of them.

That forked piece in the middle is nice, will this work on end (chunky end in the substrate)? That might give a nice effect and add vertical height.

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post #19 of 42 Old 04-25-2012, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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It isn't very stable, worried it might fall. I don't think it would damage the tank, but better safe than sorry.

I moved stuff around a little bit, and added the last huge piece of driftwood. The plants came in from Live Aquaria. Most everything is okay, but I'm not totaly satisfied. All the bare root plants they bunched together and rolled up in wet newspaper ... I had no idea what was what when I unrolled it, and there are a couple plants I don't have a clue what they are. I'll have to post a picture tomorrow to try and identify. I don't think I ordered one of them because everything else was acounted for on the invoice. A couple of the plants look pretty bad, I don't know if they'll make it.

One of the Anubias is absolutly HUGE. The rhizome isn't that large, but the root mass is larger than the swords Is that normal? I planted it in the subsrate (leaving the rhizome above) because it is far too large for me to put on any of the driftwood.

I was only able to get one picture at an angle so not the best. Due to sunlight aything else reflected back the room on the glass and made it hard to see. Pretty much random placement, I have no design sense.

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post #20 of 42 Old 04-25-2012, 08:17 PM
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Tank looks good! The random placement of plants worked out well for ya. I agree with Byron, that middle forked piece does look nice. Where did you get your driftwood from. I'm been looking for a good place to order a couple pieces from.
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