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Old 08-25-2010, 10:33 PM   #41
 
Sorry the pics are so big and the post became supersized. Don't know how to control that.
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:56 PM   #42
 
Ok, how do you make these pics smaller and the post size not so big? And how do you add tanks if you already added a tank under "Aquariums"? I wanted to put all three versions of this tank under my Aquariums section to the left.
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:17 AM   #43
 
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Ok, how do you make these pics smaller and the post size not so big? And how do you add tanks if you already added a tank under "Aquariums"? I wanted to put all three versions of this tank under my Aquariums section to the left.
To answer the second question first, in the blue bar across the top, third from the left is "Aquarium Log," that is where you edit your "Aquariums".

On the first queston, you need to size down the photos. I'm terrible with systems stuff, so I don't know if this is the best way to downsize the existing photos, but in Windows you can resize photos on your computer. I do know that when you take them, cameras will allow you to set the photo size (resolution), at least my cheap one does. It has "PC screen" which is the size of the screen, and "TV Screen" which is much smaller, and others. Something similar might be on your camera.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:47 PM   #44
 
So, I'm only using API Leaf Zone and API root tabs for the 5 swords and the Water Sprite. I was going to use it until it was gone before I bought Flourish Comprehensive. Will the plants make it that long?

Whoa. I just did the math. Even if I only have an 8oz bottle of Leaf Zone, it'll take me over 9 months of weekly dosages to finish it.

Yeah, so will the plants I have and up to 10 more plants survive with just root tabs and Leaf Zone for 9 months? Silly question, i just hate to waste the money I already spent.

I'm looking to add 3 or 4 of each of these - Micro Sword (lilaeopsis brasiliensis), Broadleaf Ludwigia (Ludwigia repens), Bog Moss/Silver Mist Foxtail (Mayaca fluviatilis), Frill Foxtail (Myriophyllum simulans) - so maybe closer to 12 plants.

So once I add the Otos, the shrimp (if they make it), the snails, the sponge filter and get the plants to thrive - how long until I'm bored and I want to start over with a new tank? I have a goal in mind but what the heck happens when I reach it?

What a hobby.

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Old 08-26-2010, 06:16 PM   #45
 
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I can understand not wasting money, my concern too. But you also don't want to have all the plants deteriorate past the point of no return. The nice thing is that plants (unlike many fish) will often recover if we see the problem and fix it. I have bought plants that some would think were all but dead, and they turn around. I would continue your present ferts, monitor the plant's response, and if deterioration seems to be happening be prepared to switch to Flourish.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:31 PM   #46
 
Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated as usual. You really should charge a fee. I know how much you've helped me and I'm sure
I'm one among hundreds. The Water Sprite has sprouted some long and hairy stems down towards the tank. Good sign I'm guessing.
Let's try this pic thing again. I moved the text and reduced the size on the camera. Good lookin' out.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:44 PM   #47
 
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Your tank looks GREAT! I bet your fish is quite happy.
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:39 AM   #48
 
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Agree. May I offer a suggestion (here we go again, always with suggestions)? The swords will get large, up to the surface. I would plant them behind the wood as a backdrop. Then the wood will be visible, it will undoubtedly sprout some moss (or you can attach a piece and let it go) and be a nice step from the substrate up to the tall plants. The swords will grow in a "V"shape, and arch over the wood in front, very nice effect. Don't plant them too close to the wall though, maybe out about 3-4 inches from the back wall. And when you move the wood, place it off centre to right or left, up to you; it looks much more natural that way. Given its nice shape, I would move the larger end (on the right in the photo) a bit closer to the right side, not up against it, just a couple inches over to the right from where it is. It will also further camouflage the equipment behind it, esp with a sword there.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:33 AM   #49
 
Thanks for the compliments Inga. That Betta went through the cycling of this tank (because I didn't know any better) and has since gained a voracious appetite and his fins are all growing back nicely.

Good suggestions B. I wasn't sure how big the swords were going to get but I knew I had some further aquascaping ahead of me. I already buried root tabs near each of the swords - do I move them as well? Or just leave them for the new plants and put new tabs with the swords new location?

Oh, and do you use anything besides your hands to plant this stuff? Mine seem to be clumsy and sloppy with the substrate.
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:35 PM   #50
 
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Thanks for the compliments Inga. That Betta went through the cycling of this tank (because I didn't know any better) and has since gained a voracious appetite and his fins are all growing back nicely.

Good suggestions B. I wasn't sure how big the swords were going to get but I knew I had some further aquascaping ahead of me. I already buried root tabs near each of the swords - do I move them as well? Or just leave them for the new plants and put new tabs with the swords new location?

Oh, and do you use anything besides your hands to plant this stuff? Mine seem to be clumsy and sloppy with the substrate.
Movwe the root tabs with the swords. So far only the swotrds will benefit from these. I use my hands.
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