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Old 04-25-2012, 09:24 PM   #21
 
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I ordered them online from a place that had a 7 or 8 pack, and only charged $8 i think for shipping. About $50 total for it all. Sea corals I think is what the place was called.

While the picture dosen't do a good job of showing it, most of the pieces form very nice caves under them for substrate fish to hide in.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:13 AM   #22
 
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This looks great and is coming along nicely. I cant wait to see when it has fully grown in and is tall.

I do suggest maybe moving some driftwood around. Byron made a good suggestion earlier I agree with.

Can you get a front shot of the tank?
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:46 AM   #23
 
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No, there is only a couple feet to a wall and it is not enough space to get a full shot.

The driftwood isn't evenly spaced though, the only one in the center of the tank is the branchy one. All the others are on the left or right side.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:14 PM   #24
 
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No, there is only a couple feet to a wall and it is not enough space to get a full shot.

The driftwood isn't evenly spaced though, the only one in the center of the tank is the branchy one. All the others are on the left or right side.
Sounds good. Maybe move the left cluster more to the left?

Have you thought about like some red crypt or red ludwigia. it would give the tank a nice touch.

Coming along great! Good job!
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:49 PM   #25
 
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Red plants need brighter light, or they turn green ;)

I want my floating plants to take over and provided ~80% coverage minimum.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:51 PM   #26
 
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Red plants need brighter light, or they turn green ;)

I want my floating plants to take over and provided ~80% coverage minimum.
Well yea ofc!

Even with floating plants you should be able to get more than enough light if you have around 2 watts per gallon.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:47 PM   #27
 
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I don't, and won't. All the fish I plan on keeping come from dark environments and I don't want to stress them. Fish first, plants second. That's why I went only with low light plants. I only have 64 watts on the tank (watts/gallon rule is totally bogus anyways).
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:33 PM   #28
 
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I don't, and won't. All the fish I plan on keeping come from dark environments and I don't want to stress them. Fish first, plants second. That's why I went only with low light plants. I only have 64 watts on the tank (watts/gallon rule is totally bogus anyways).
You don't and wont what? You lost me there...sorry.

That is good you are thinking about the fish, I don't know what stock you are keeping.

I provide all my fish with enough cover and the light is mainly in the middle of the tanks so they have a lot of hiding spaces. After I added my new lights, the tank is really bright so they need the cover. I need to add some floating plants to give them more cover (will do that today).

Because you are going to cover over 80% of the top with floating plants you might want more light eventually. I guess you will just have to wait and see how it all works out but IMO i think you will eventually need a little more lighting.

I find the watts/gallon to be a guide rather than a rule, it has come in handy while finding the right lights for my tanks. All of my tanks are well under the 2 watts/gallon rule. I am going as what my plants and fish require, as you said--their health is most important.

I feel the need to take care of both as much as possible because keeping healthy plants will assure healthy water for my fish :)

Have you thought about getting some rocks to create a cave? I remember on your drawing of the aquascape you had planned to have two rock area. I think if you wen through with something like that it would be great!
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:47 PM   #29
 
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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.

Oh Geo I think everything looks great! I love random placing. I think sometimes tanks look too planned. I think about how plants manage to grab hold in the river bottoms, it is random so... To me, that looks more natural then perfectly planned out tank. Love the wood too.

As far as the plants coming in a bunch all together wrapped in wet newsprint, that is how I got mine from different places too so, it must be the way they do it. The plant that wasn't accounted for was likely an extra bonus they tossed in. Plants are amazingly strong and will likely bounce back. I think they look pretty darn good in your tank. Chances are they will go through a rough spot now while they adjust and then regrow new leaves. Then look out, they will turn into a small jungle, which your fish will likely love. Great job!
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Old 04-26-2012, 05:11 PM   #30
 
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Thanks.

The worst of it is Cryptocoryne crispatula. It's a crypt, so I suppose I should expect it to melt, but it looks absolutly terrible. Each plant only has a couple leaves and all of them are melting. Hopefully they come back.

I'm clueless on the 'mystery plant'. I'll have to fish it out to get a picture. All my stem plants are floating right now, I can't find room to put them =o

The good news is, at 24 hours with the 10 Harlequin Rasbora my Ammonia reads 0 ppm. So something is working right :)
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