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post #11 of 20 Old 05-10-2011, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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@FinsNfur Thanks for the compliment! It really means a lot.

There is driftwood on both sides of the tank. There is a long piece of the left and two pieces on the right which fit together perfectly. The pieces on the right, however, are mostly covered up by the Cryptocorynes and the Java Fern. I find that driftwood helps to create a contrast with the plants and captures the light differently than the plants. It also helps the eyes to "relax", in a way, by allowing the viewer a break from constantly viewing green vegetation.

@redchigh Sorry for not answering your question about the Hornwort. It somehow slipped my mind.

No. My Hornwort does not shed. However, I've noticed the Rainbowfish snacking on them a couple of times, so I sometimes find a floating segment of Hornwort randomly hovering about in my aquarium. It's a good thing they grow like weeds, even in low light.
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post #12 of 20 Old 05-10-2011, 02:37 PM
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E. Vesuvious and Ludwigea repens seem to do well in my tanks (until I start to mess with them too much).

I used to have tons of ludwigea... then it vanished when I added new plants. I think they would do okay in medium-low light..

Hornwort tends to shed in low light... And mine shed, despite my E. Vesuvious doing well. I think you'd be ok.

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post #13 of 20 Old 05-10-2011, 07:06 PM
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Very lovely indeed, nice work.


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post #14 of 20 Old 05-18-2011, 05:38 PM
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love the shot you took of the angel fish!
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post #15 of 20 Old 05-19-2011, 06:17 AM
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Yeah, my java fern has taken over my driftwoods too, which is why I wondered. When I take pictures of my tank you can't even see the driftwood. They are really stuck on there like glue, I have tried to thin it out with little luck. Definitely a natural feel to the fish.

That's interesting about the hornwort, I have tried to grow it in low and medium lighting in most of my tanks with no luck. I threw a remnant in my pond a few years ago, and it's doing great in there!

~46g with angel fish, bn pleco, cherry barbs, lemon tetras, rainbowfish
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post #16 of 20 Old 05-20-2011, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Very lovely indeed, nice work.

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love the shot you took of the angel fish!

Thank you all for your compliments. I'm busy with my final IB exams now, so that's why I couldn't reply sooner.

My Java Fern is finally attached to the driftwood, but I won't test how well it's stuck on since I don't want to risk another eternity getting it grow sufficient roots.
Anyway. My 2 varieties of Java Fern are giving off some nice shoots, and they seem to be growing steadily.

Does anyone have any experience with Anubias Nana? Does it grow leaves at a faster rate than Anubias Barteri?
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post #17 of 20 Old 05-20-2011, 05:10 PM
I have come to hate horn wort but it is the only plant that will grow steadily enough to were I don't have to buy a lot and will end up with enough... Mine sheds ALL the time and litters the ground with the leaves

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post #18 of 20 Old 05-28-2011, 08:53 PM
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Absolutely Love Danios for an active fish. I also LOVE Balloon Mollys as a community fish. Love watching them breed. If you think you have a friendly enviro I woud Def add a couple Balloon Mollys.
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post #19 of 20 Old 07-28-2011, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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So, a relatively major update. Things started going downhill with the summer heat. Specifically, the plants started suffering due to the heat. Hornwort just started breaking up, crypts started losing leaves. Basically, half the plants died off before I could install a fan. I'm sure my abysmal lighting levels weren't helping either, but it's presented me with an opportunity to redecorate the tank.

One thing I noticed was that my Anubias was the only plant which went totally unharmed in the 7 months I've had this tank running. If anything, the heat seems to be encouraging faster growth. So I thought, hey, why not add more Anubias? I decided I wanted a "lowest of the low light" tank, something where low light plants would be able to thrive, so I added more Java Fern and Anubias.

As some of you may know, one of my rams was injured during the whole mess the angelfish couple call "guarding the eggs". The other ram just did not accept food for over a week once the injured ram was removed from the tank. I am currently ram-less.

Other than that, enjoy the new look and feel free to comment:

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post #20 of 20 Old 07-29-2011, 01:45 PM
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Very nice.

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