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post #541 of 828 Old 03-16-2013, 08:31 PM
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I haven't quite figured out my Water Sprite. I have one plant that has wide leaves on one branch and on another branch it has thin narrow leaves. I think its confused. Now all my plantlets that form are or have the wide leaves. So yeah not sure whats happening there. All I know is it covers the surface and it goes. LoL
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It's magical! I need it! :) I wonder what the difference really is, though? Really odd that it's thick on one branch and thin on the other. . . hmmm. As long as it's happy, and it sure does seem to be!
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If you wrote a book (even if it was just printed pages stapled together!) about your journey I know I'd buy it! I personally love your 'evolution' so to speak, you started off on the wrong foot like many people do, but look what you've created since then! It's truly inspirational to many of us, and I can imagine it would have an impact on a lot of other people.

Just sayin' ;)
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Thank you, Jen!
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post #545 of 828 Old 03-21-2013, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Um, guys. . .

Found this on Craigslist today. . .



"125 gallon fishtank w/Oak stand. Under cabinet filter system, works great. $250.00"

Not exactly what I was looking for, aesthetically in a dream tank, but it's in my price range. . . stand can be stained, right? No hood, no lights, but C'MON! I'd need those things anyway, most likely. Husby has given the go-ahead, and I'm in contact with the seller - but I've never bought a tank before, much less used - what do you guys thing? Good deal? Or a broken heart in the making?
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Found this on Craigslist today. . .



"125 gallon fishtank w/Oak stand. Under cabinet filter system, works great. $250.00"

Not exactly what I was looking for, aesthetically in a dream tank, but it's in my price range. . . stand can be stained, right? No hood, no lights, but C'MON! I'd need those things anyway, most likely. Husby has given the go-ahead, and I'm in contact with the seller - but I've never bought a tank before, much less used - what do you guys thing? Good deal? Or a broken heart in the making?
So jealous.. I couldn't even find a 55 gallon with stand for $250 when I was looking last year. >,>
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Good deal...provided you like the stand as is. Sure you can stain it easily enough, but what about the oak trim on the tank itself? If they match even less you might just hate it even more.
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I haven't quite figured out my Water Sprite. I have one plant that has wide leaves on one branch and on another branch it has thin narrow leaves. I think its confused. Now all my plantlets that form are or have the wide leaves. So yeah not sure whats happening there. All I know is it covers the surface and it goes. LoL
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This is normal. If it is Ceratopteris cornuta grown floating, the adventitious plants will form on alternate leaves [correctly, fronds] which will remain shorter than the others which will easily spread out beyond a foot. As the plant matures over a couple weeks, it will also begin to form aerial leaves that will be above the surface, sometimes almost straight up. These leaves are naturally different than the aquatic leaves, and will be round like a tube with very pinnate (divided) side shoots. [I'm using words to try and describe the appearance, not intended to be taken literally.]

When I do the water change, I thin this plant sometimes by removing the alternating leaves with the daughter plants, sometimes one or more of the larger leaves, and sometimes all the aerial leaves if they have formed. At some point I toss this plant completely, and allow the smaller plants to expand similarly.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Good deal...provided you like the stand as is. Sure you can stain it easily enough, but what about the oak trim on the tank itself? If they match even less you might just hate it even more.
That's what I was thinking, too. I'll probably have to leave it, but I'm pretty sure I can live with it, lol! I'm trying REALLY hard NOT to get my hopes up - it's too good to be true at that price! Like LK says - hard to find even a 55 at that price. . . maybe a typo on the listing??! *crosses fingers*

Byron - THANK YOU for clearing that up. . .interesting. Mine have always been really lacy looking, but it's not growing nearly as well as BD's
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That's what I was thinking, too. I'll probably have to leave it, but I'm pretty sure I can live with it, lol! I'm trying REALLY hard NOT to get my hopes up - it's too good to be true at that price! Like LK says - hard to find even a 55 at that price. . . maybe a typo on the listing??! *crosses fingers*
I'm believing it. I've had a couple 55 gallons and stands just given to me. Obviously a 125 and stand is more costly than that, at the same time it's also bigger. Hard to find a place to store it if you don't want fish. Really ugly just sitting in a living room empty. If you want rid of it, you want rid of it. That's my thinking anyway.

Just be sure to check it for cracks and if you buy it to do a leak test. If it is heavily chipped or cracked then avoid it. If it leaks at home just re-silicone it. I'm hoping you get it, can't wait to see what you can do with it and what fish you might get.
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