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Old 12-15-2012, 07:42 PM   #311
 
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Awwww, thanks Ogre! I intend to. . . many, many more pictures. . . *evil laugh*
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:41 PM   #312
 
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I did a sketch of my 25 gallon. If I could draw properly and used colour, thats what it would of looked like.

Did you buy the wood or find it?
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:51 AM   #313
 
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Sorry, I have to say something off topic again...lol Pearl, I LOVE that photo of the cat eating a pumpkin, I almost died laughing when I saw it. xD Last halloween my cat tried to "help" us carve pumpkins and got his head stuck. ^^; Had to cut him out. Gahaha, he hed perfectly still for it though.

Ah, I had to pop back on and look at the photos again, it's really a well done and beautiful tank. Did I miss an update on what all you had in there plants, decorations and wood-wise? It's been a while since this started and I've forgotten a a bit. Is this the tank with the coffee buddies in it?
Ahh, coffee...4:51am here, first thing I do to get rid of my morning headache is come on here to look at fish and aquarium photos. Like I said in my avatar, turning on the aquarium lamp in the morning is MY cup of coffee. :3
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:13 AM   #314
 
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LOL, Crazy pumpkin kitty IS cute... :) Cats are SOOOOO sillah (and often NAUGHTY!). Off topic or not, I'd like to see a pic of your cat getting it's head stuck in a pumpkin, Sylver. *shakes head*

Pearl, I drew out my tank before I started it in the 29g, too! Also arranged all of the rockwork and such before I moved everything over to the 55g - it's a great way to figure out where you're going with stuff. Don't need colors! I drew in The Branch (the one on the left side of the tank), but then I had to FIND it, lol. That was a bit of a challenge, because every shop around me only had types of driftwood that were really thick and chunky - nothing rooty/branchy like I was wanting.

I was too inexperienced to even think about using wood that I gathered myself (still am!). After a ton of searching, I found that Manzanita branches were good for the aquarium, AND have the look I was going for. Manzanita is a hard-wood, so it doesn't leach *as* many tannins into my already-soft water, and will last longer than other types of wood. The shrub/tree grows in California and Arizona - so if you're anywhere near there, you may be able to get your own. I've gotten it from several sources, now (have some in every one of my tanks at this point). The original pieces came from my LFS. The ordered the stuff in for me, and gave me first-pick of what came in. I was lucky enough to find The Branch, which is actually almost EXACTLY like my original drawing. . . only about an inch too short to hit the water line (grrr), along with a few others. There is also a very reputable seller of the stuff on E-bay (I can find you his name if you want it), and a guy on *ahem* a forum about Planted Tanks that gathers truckloads of the stuff and sells it. The trouble with ordering online is that shipping is insanely expensive! I was lucky enough a month or two ago to finds some mixed in with the wood in that horrid LFS I got the loaches from. They had NO idea what the price on them *should* be, or what type of wood it was, so I got a bunch of smaller branches for $5. Yay!

The original plant-list is on page 14 towards the bottom of the page (I've collected entirely too many plants over the last year!), the only new species that I've added since then are the Amazon swords, which I believe to be Echinodorus bleheri. I also threw in a boatload of Fanwort, this plant was already in the tank, I just added some from the jungle of it that grew from a few stalks when Becoming was in the 29g tank to help fill in the corners and provide security and hiding spots for the fishies. :) I also attached a few of the tiny baby Java Ferns that Sanguine Fox sent me (beautiful little things!) Oh! And while I was not touching anything in there, I was really excited to find that a few pieces of Moss that had gotten stuck in the floaters managed to attach themselves to The Branch. I've always debated mossing it up, but never could decide. . . we'll see where that ends up :) I *think* it must be Taiwan Moss, because that's what I have in my frog tank (Java Moss never has done well for me), but it may have come in with the floaters that DKRST sent me. Though it may LOOK nice, I feel like there are too many different types of plants in this tank, and have a strong feeling that eventually I'll end up with a tank mostly planted with Crypts. Love Crypts.

Oh... and this is my main tank, and the one that I would like to find CoffeeBean Tetra for, but I have no 'coffee buddies' yet. Unless you count the ONE lonely Java loach who is still in QT! This tank has my darling Bolivian Rams, Kuhli Loaches, JellyBean Tetra, Nerites, and Malaysian Trumpet snails. . .

It's very flattering that you came back for a second look! *hugs* I just REALLY wish that I could get a decent video of this tank. It's SO gorgeous in person with all of those happy fish. . . I luff them!
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:57 PM   #315
 
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I had a video of her eating pumpkin guts. She is one weird cat/rodet/ferret/idk what she is. She loves her new little playmate so we'll see if Sugar will be just as crazy :)

I have one piece of driftwood that i found, i am thinking of using it as a legde of some sort. There was this PERFECT piece of driftwood, like exactly as the one I pictured in my head, but it was just out of reach :( Perfect height, AMAZING roots, but I couldn't walk to it (too marshy) and I couldnt lean over the doock to get it. Oh well, I got four awesome hikes (in two of my favorite places) in one day, so not too many complaints.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:17 PM   #316
 
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I HATE that. I had to go buy some driftwood, and it's pretty much just a big log like thing with a plant growing out of it. It's actually pretty nice though. But I had this piece of driftwood that I kept for YEARS, many, many years. It was really pretty for a...well, for a stick. lol But when I moved out to Kentucky for a few months a couple years ago, my collections disappeared. And not just my driftwood pieces. It would have been absolutely PERFECT for my little tank too. I can think of nothing that would have looked better. =( Never did find the thing, and I've been looking for months. I assume it was tossed in the trash. v.v; It's always a shame when you get your hopes dashed, but I'm glad you had fun! I love hiking and finding odd trinkets, as I call them. :3 I have a dark green river rock from Bear Creek that I've had for about fifteen years....dunno where it is though, I hope it didn't get tossed too! I would just cry.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:06 PM   #317
 
Your tank is amazing
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:02 PM   #318
 
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I'm a bit late to the party, but your tank looks beautiful, Ches! And you're a great photographer. It looks like I could actually reach out and touch it. Most aquarium photos (including my own ) always have a blurryness to them. And you even get the fish to come out beautifully! Speaking of the fishies.. I looked but couldn't find the krazy kuhlies in your photo. Were they taking a break from .. well being crazy?
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:26 PM   #319
 
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Thanks, Izzy!

I've been working really hard for the last year at trying to figure out exactly how to shoot a tank - it's HARD - especially without using the flash. I always feel amazingly lucky if I get a decent shot or two (so many of them just get deleted), so it really makes my day to get such a kind compliment from you! Your tank shots are really nice too, you know. Truly.

There IS a blurriness, but the things that aren't moving are holding still enough to be in sharp focus, and I think that's why it kind of works out. Plants by the filter are blurred, fish are blurred, but the SAND is clear, and *most* of the other plants/wood/rocks. . . lol, still things. You will NEVER see an in-focus shot of the tetra taken without flash - they move too darn fast. Even WITH flash, I can barely manage to get one! But the rams are very nice to photograph because of the way they move. . . they're kind of like little helicopters, they have this amazing ability to come to swim forward and backward and come to a complete stop on a dime. I watch for it, and when they pause (which every once in a while they do at the same time) I snap a quick picture, and if I'm LUCKY - one of them will be in clear focus, and the others. . .less of a blur than other 'normal' fish would be. Every once in a looooooooong while I manage to get all five clearly in the same shot - it's ridiculously rare, though. . . super excited when I got that top shot and managed to get 'em! As for the loaches - they're in there, and REALLY well camouflaged - for being orange, you'd be surprised! They rarely stay still, and so become an invisible blur if I'm not really lucky - even when they aren't swimming about like insane people. I spotted blurry bits of three loaches in each of the top two shots - poking out between plants, near rocks, and lurking about in corners - but nothing clear enough to point out. Looks like they were rooting around for food. If you look closely in the angled tank shot, you'll see one of them in great focus just where The Stick meets the other stick on the ground. Plus, now that their precious foliage is back, they spend loads of time tumbling around in the greenery. <3

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Old 12-17-2012, 08:40 PM   #320
 
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Aww thanks, Ches. I do that same process... take a gigabyte of shots and get two useable ones. Thank goodness for digital!! And friends to share the good ones with!

I SEE THE LITTLE LOACH! His little stripes hide him surprisingly well. ^-^ I just love loaches!

I didn't even see the fishes in the top-down shot. I was more looking at the plants (which look great). But it's an awesome angle.. not one even we see everyday. Well not me at least... I'm too short.
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