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Old 09-13-2012, 09:37 AM   #101
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:15 PM   #102
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That's a nice looking tank Chesh! Beautiful. Well done!

I am jealous of your tall swords, they look really good! Mine are finally starting to redden and grow out more. GO EXCEL!

The Jellies look good too! They don't stop moving! AHH!

So I can't wait till you post up these new updates :D :D :D

oh oh and btw how are them Rams doing?! Mine are still separated...but doing MUCh better.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:11 PM   #103
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Wow, that is just so beautiful! Very inspirational

I keep seeing all of these gorgeous tanks, and I feel like I will never be able to get mine to look this great. But I look at my little ten gallon and see how good it seems to have turned out, so why can't I imagine doing something like that in a big one. It is just sooo much space to work with and I still feel like I have no clue what I am doing. Where do you find driftwood like that (skinny pieces)? The only stuff I seem to be able to find is chunky log looking ones.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:04 PM   #104
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thanks Chesh :)
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:38 PM   #105
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Termie... it's so nice to see you again! You've been hiding, you naughty boy!!! I saw your tank update, and hings are looking sensational! These swords are absolutley GORGEOUS! I tried to get you to get some from Dave (DKRST) when he had his thread up! I knew you'd like them - they're Kleiner Bar Swords, and absolutley stunning! They really go a looooooong way in making the tank feel well planted, it would seem so empty without them! I'm sure yours are going to be just as huge soon, but I *believe* he said that he'll probably have more sometime at the end of this year, so keep your eyes out

You're right, the little Beaners are always on the move, they seem very happy - I really love them!

I nabbed a a few shots today, but - ug - I'm seriously sick right now, so everything is just uuuug, don't wanna! I'm sure I'll get 'em posted for you guys tomorrow or over the weekend.

The Rams are beautiful! Happy as can be, and boldly colored as they figure out who's on top of their little chain of command. So far. . . it looks like nothing is going to change, lol, but they don't listen to a word I say ;) They've settled in really well, and seem very happy in their new home. I have 2 more in QT right now. We'll see if everything goes smoothly with the new arrivals in a few more weeks *crosses fingers*

I was so glad to see your little rams looking better :) Poor babies have been through quite a lot over the last few months!

Asyr. . . really makes me happy to hear such kind thoughts from you - thank you! And you're right - it IS a lot of space to work with compared to a 10g (or even a 29!), which is both inspiring and daunting at the same time, but it's a naturally-planted tank - with mostly beginner plants, even! There's no reason why you can't create your own - I have no idea what I'm doing, either but I seem to get lucky an awful lot! As you run into problems, you learn how to solve them - if you never run into any, than it's a happy life!

The driftwood is my favorite - it's Manzanita wood, and I think it's just gorgeous! When I first set up my 29g tank, I started looking into driftwood, but I really wanted a rooty branchy look - and the chunky bogwod was just not cutting it, lol. Manzanita is actually the perfect thing for me, it has the look I want, but it's also a hardwood, so it doesn't release much tannin into my already-soft water. I got lucky enough to get my original piece from my LFS before they shut down - they ordered in a box for me, and had exactly what I wanted, but I've since found the other branches here and there over the internet world. I've never had a problem with it, though it does seem to be more difficult to find information on this type of wood than many others, so far everything has gone well, and these pieces have been in my tank(s) for months now :)

Thanks for stopping by, and let me know whenever you DO set up that bigger tank! I'd love to see how you create your own fishy paradise!
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:53 PM   #106
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I just got the tank last night. It is on the stand with sand and water in it and the filter running, but that is really all I can do with it right now unfortunately (due to finances *darn bills* and the fact that it needs a couple of things before I can start planting it.
But I drew up a sketch of what I would like to do, as well as a list of what I need to accomplish it.
I'm definitely going to look into those Manzanita branches. I hope my LPS can get them. I want some of the thicker ones for the middle part of the tank, but the branchy stuff I want on the sides.
Eeek I'm so excited to start setting up my tank, but the boring adult stuff has to come first :( But my birthday is next month, so maybe I'll get some $$ to spend :D
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:16 PM   #107
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HOORAY for you! Yeah, adult stuff is a bore! I luckily have an awesome husband who got me my canister filter for my soon-to-be birthday! He rocks!!!
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:04 AM   #108
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asyr; I is fun reading your posts. They remind me of that excitement of getting a new tank going. I still have it after 44 yrs; just a bit slower.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:47 PM   #109
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Aside from the rams and maybe more loaches, are you planning on getting anything else??
I actually started typing this is french O.o
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:42 PM   #110
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Not right now. . . of course, the best laid plans are subject to change!

At the moment, my plans are to leave things more or less as they are, and start saving up for my first NEW tank, which at the moment I'm thinking will be a 125 gallon, hopefully by this time next year, though - we'll have to see about that! When I do, I'm looking into the possibility of adding 5 Pearl Gourami, which will give me 4 very different species from around the world. Still doing a ton of research into the Gourami, and they're a looooong way off, anyway. If I should happen upon Coffee Bean Tetra, I might just have to grab some (they were my original first choice, JellyBeans second - neither of them are very commonly found anywhere!), but otherwise, yes - I'm happy with my community as it is, and plan to keep it more or less the same.

Really for now, I'm keeping a very close eye on my rams as they reach sexual maturity. It's very possible that they'll have to be separated if any issues with aggression come up - if so, we'll go from there, but hopefully all will be well!
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