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Old 01-11-2013, 02:25 PM   #91
 
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I'm so lucky to live in FL, plants grow pretty much year round. It's about 78 or so outside today, it's been great weather for going to the lake. I do love that I can just bring in plants from the wild, it's also great because I can see how they grow. Are they clumped, are they in the shade, etc. It gives me a good idea how to plant them where they will be happiest :)
It also gives me a lot of interesting plants that most people don't have ;)

Everything still looks good, he still gives the occasional chase but it doesn't seem any different than usual. I think it will get better when the plants fill in and there are more places to hide for her. She only has two spots right now.

I love the Pearls. They're gorgeous but it's subtle. Hints of orange and those reflective spots. Especially when they get in the right light and you can see all their colors. SO pretty!
Yeah, I think worst case scenario is returning them and looking into Honey or dwarf. Although I'm so afraid of the disease they carry.

I can't wait until you get another tank ;) What tank number would that be?

I haven't heard back from the sellers yet, which sucks. Either they sold it or...I don't know. Blahh. It was pretty nice too.

Woooo! Def gonna head over to your thread and check it out, so exciting!
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #92
 
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I'm with chesh Jen, i LOVE the look of your tank, love the wild plants in there as they look so,well, 'wild' and gives your tank a totally different look to the norm! I even like it not filled in etc as it looks like it might in that lake when plants aren't always condensed into small spaces like they are in tanks.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:08 PM   #93
 
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Thank you! I'm really hoping everything takes off. I've already seen some new growth on a few plants, plus the fact that something sent out seeds gives me hope that they're happy :D
Yeah, I'm hoping with some of the open spots everyone has paces to swim, plus the loaches have floor space to play in the dirt so to speak :p

I think next time I go down to the lake I'm going to try to get pictures of some of the stuff in there to show you guys.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:22 PM   #94
 
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I'd be right out there digging stuff up if I lived where it's warm all the time, lol! Where exactly in Florida are you (if I can ask) or. . . where do you go to find things? My Floridian friend wanted to know - I mentioned your plants to her :)

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I love the Pearls. They're gorgeous but it's subtle. Hints of orange and those reflective spots. Especially when they get in the right light and you can see all their colors. SO pretty!
This is EXACTLY why I chose them for my tank :) ALL of the fish in my tank are kind of understated beauties, and they've all got that orangeness. They kind of match, and nobody is showier than anyone else. I think the Pearls will be the perfect final touch - plus give me quite a variety of different types of fish from all over the world to complete my first community tank!

Ummmm, right now, IF you count the Kindy tank and DON'T count any plant-only tanks, I'm running. . . 5. But it's too many! The goal is to shut all of them down EXCEPT Becoming by the time I get the big tank. That way I can just sit back and enjoy my baby. I love all my tanks, but that one. . . is my heart!

Bummer about your 55... but it's okay! You only just started THIS one. It'll happen when it's meant to, and who knows? Maybe they got busy and will call over the weekend *crosses fingers*
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:57 PM   #95
 
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I'm near Ocala if they know where that is, :D It's about 45mins from Gainesville. I'm really lucky in that my neighborhood has 3 lakes (well, they're more like ponds now, but hey. What can you do? ;p), plus there's a river that goes through my town. Rivers are a great place for floating plants, and if you look under docks and at the tree line there can be some pretty interesting plants that got uprooted and tangled there. I also go on Google Maps and look at my general area, it's pretty reliable for local water sources.

I love the fish in your 55. They all go together so well, their colors play off each other beautifully. So you'd be moving everyone into the 125, when you get it? I can totally understand that though, it'd be much easier to focus on just one large thing, instead of splitting yourself between 5 different things. I bet you'll be so relieved come the end of the school year :)

Yeah, I'm really hoping this one is a success. So far so good, :)

On another note, I'm wondering if I have room for a few more rasboras, just to give them more of a school. Something around 10-12...
I also noticed some really interesting shrimp at my LFS that I'm thinking about, but I'm not sure exactly their species...They look like ghost shrimp, but they're like 2 inches! I've only ever seen like quarter inch ghosties.

And if you ever visit Florida (tee hee), you can of course come by and we can go mucking around in the lakes/river :)
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:36 AM   #96
 
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Yes! Do it! I would! You totally have the space, especially since you only have 2 Pearls, now. I would bump the Rasbora shoal up to 12, and then bring the loaches up to 6. Your tank will still be very much on the lighter side of stocking, so you would still have room to add more of each species, or add something different if you decide to down the road a bit. . . :)

Your fishums all go together very well, too. It's a lovely tank! I was *this close* to getting rasbora when one of the kinds of Tetra I had been looking for showed up. They're really pretty little things, and for sure will be much happier in a bigger group. And we just LOVE happy fish!

But I'd do some more research into exactly what that shrimpy fella is before bringing it home, lol! And how Pearls would feel about such a thing. I've never kept shrimp, but have always wanted to try it. I'm afraid my rams wouldn't like them much - or rather, I'm afraid they'd like them TOO much, and they wouldn't last long!

Hmmm, I should stop babbling about MY tank on YOUR thread - it's rude! I'm sorry, I get too excited about the tanks! And if I ever end up in your neck of the woods, I'll stalk you until I find your little ponds, lol. That'd be fun :)
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:53 AM   #97
 
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And if I ever end up in your neck of the woods, I'll stalk you until I find your little ponds, lol. That'd be fun :)
Oh I'm so jealous of your little ponds! I've just spent the last 15 minutes looking up suitable plants that i could find in the UK, i've found nada so far!
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:09 AM   #98
 
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I hear ya, Nilet! Must be nice to live in a tropical area. . . I'm jealous, too!

Though I must say, there are some fantastic fish that live in the UK. I've really always wanted to see someone set up a tank with the local wildlife you guys have over there!
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:13 AM   #99
 
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I hear ya, Nilet! Must be nice to live in a tropical area. . . I'm jealous, too!

Though I must say, there are some fantastic fish that live in the UK. I've really always wanted to see someone set up a tank with the local wildlife you guys have over there!
I have looked into it, and am doing so now....this might have to be a project for the future as its something i'm interested in!


Still looking up biotopes Jen, trying to find UK but i found this by chance and thought i'd posty it for you as you like the florida lake plants

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This would be, quite frankly, a very grisly biotope with redeeming features. Lots of grassy plants, little water flow, and if you’re keeping it topical than plenty of invasive floating plants like Water hyacinth and lettuce.

Sandy substrates are key, with little in the way of hardscape except fallen and very well soaked branches. Light should be blazing, but the tank will be quite dark with all those floaters.

Fish would be made up of three species. The classic Florida flagfish (Jordanella floridae) as well as the mosquito eating Gambusia holbrooki, and the delicately pretty Golden topminnow, Fundulus chrysotus. The fun here would be feeding them. All three are surface feeding insect munchers, and harvesting your own bugs to drop on top would give you a snapshot of exactly how life would be playing out all the way over in the states.

And if we accept that non-natives have become an indelible part of the modern biotope, there’d be no reason not to add a few other commercially seen escapees – like the Platy that currently plagues anywhere wet in North America.
Its from PFK btw.

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Old 01-12-2013, 07:20 AM   #100
 
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Hmmm, found one, from a lake down south in Cambridge.



Not exactly ''british'' wild plants, as in they are migrants to our waters, but still a darn good showing!
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