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The shotgun approach to planting a tank
Old 03-18-2013, 08:50 AM   #91
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Oooo... I wouldn't be able to push it with worms.

I did move the jug o' green crap off the coffee table to the window ledge at least... better light anyway.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:19 AM   #92
 
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Just out of curiosity, you mentioned your lid being close to the water? Where does your betta go to breathe?
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:37 AM   #93
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There is a 1/2" gap between the water and the glass. I have kept my tank VERY full, full enough that I risk overflow if I am not careful while reaching to the bottom of the tank with my arm.

Having said that, the catfish do scurry up and gulp air. Last night I heard one hit the glass so I will probably lower the water a bit tonight.

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Old 03-18-2013, 12:01 PM   #94
 
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Oooo... I wouldn't be able to push it with worms.

I did move the jug o' green crap off the coffee table to the window ledge at least... better light anyway.

Jeff.
It's really just java moss. She's just so used to seeing frozen bloodworms thawing that it's the first thing that pops into her head.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:09 AM   #95
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New plants, new plant names and just some rattling on

I was at the LFS yesterday and they had a decent selection of plants, more than normal. Of course when I ask about certain ones I still get the "plant shipment will be in tomorrow"... I don't know how many times I get that line while there, it's nuts.

Anyway. I picked up a new cryptocoryne wendtii but realized upon putting it my tank, it almost disappears against the sand. pic one.

I was looking for a really nice crypt that grew longer narrower leaves with less stem part and they fanned up in a nice tan/rust undulated leaf. They had about 6 of them in the display tank and would not sell me even one. I think that the display tanks are treated as staff owned... so I guess I get that... it was a nice looking tank and I just realized that I should have taken a picture of it. It'll be there next trip anyway.

I picked up a java fern that I was expecting the last time that I bought java fern only to realize it is a different variety. The old one is pic two and is actually java fern "windelov" and pic three is the straight up java fern . The windelov is in the shot but I am letting the little sprouts grow out so it looks a little craggy.

Pic four and five are the two shots, old and new, of the same baby giant vallisneria. I think that it is doing well. I am considering some spiral variety... my daughter really likes the spirals. Oh, the scale is off, the one that really big is just a close up shot. The tallest leaf is about as long as the shortest on the newer shot.

Pic six is a brazilian pennywort with a small cling on dwarf version. I sort of like it there as opposed to trying to keep the little bugger planted or just having it float around the top.

Pic seven is a current end view of the tank with the now surfaced pennywort.

I think that I am going to get into some more smaller or narrower crypts to fill in some sand spots that are open. The catfish seem to be more active where there is more cover for them as they are often all hiding behind the vertical driftwood in the corner. Even just the couple of new ones brought them out some more... as you can tell by the shots... even though that was feeding time I normally can't get close enough that they don't run to the corner even when food is laying about.

The store rep was telling me that he ordered a bunch of low light plants to help get more people interested in planting their aquariums. There is also a bit of a symposium on this weekend and that is one of the topics so he is also being smart and having stock to support the topic.

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Old 03-20-2013, 06:14 PM   #96
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nice update ;)
do you have a petsmart near you? they sell tissue culture crypt parvas for like $8.
you get quite an amount. I recommend those for the smaller crypt sp.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:42 PM   #97
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DAMN!

That's one of the plants that I have. Typical of fish store staff to not know what they are selling. I have what I kept calling a dwarf sword but it has always bothered me that it didn't really look like a sword. It's a flippin' cryptocoryne parva ... That also explains why it is so very touchy and not doing well as I keep moving it into higher light positions. I guess I'll put I t in the shade this weekend and see how it does.

I think that this may be the last of the mis-named plants.

Here's a pic... Anyone disagree with the new designation?
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:24 PM   #98
 
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just curious about your water evaporation, i have a open top tank with the fixture that mounts to the tank itself so it wouldnt fit a lid. i get about 1/8 of a inch to 1/4inch of evap a day, seems like alot to me? do you get a noticeable amount of evaporation out of your larger tank?

oh yeah my tank is 55
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:42 PM   #99
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hmmm I'm not sure. it does look kind of like pygmy chain sword....
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:15 PM   #100
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just curious about your water evaporation, i have a open top tank with the fixture that mounts to the tank itself so it wouldnt fit a lid. i get about 1/8 of a inch to 1/4inch of evap a day, seems like alot to me? do you get a noticeable amount of evaporation out of your larger tank?

oh yeah my tank is 55
If you lose a 1/4" a day, that's over a half gallon. That's a lot.

Here's a shot of my tank top. I have a ton of condensation on the lid so I assume that I would see a lot of evaporation. As it is, until yesterday, I had the water to within an 1/8" of the top... Yes, that is next to overflowing... And I have never seen it move from there. I'm pretty sure that I remove more water during testing than I would lose in a week or two.

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