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post #1 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Evolution of my 20G Long

At first it was a 10 gallon with four..er ladies. Except one of the ladies turned out to not be a lady after all

People have commented before that the one on top looks dead. India is very much alive. I don't know what she was doing but I suspect she was shimming over the floating plant . The blueish-green one was the mislabled VT male. And a giant mossball climbing up the side of the tank. I took him out of a local lake.

First it was all silk plants - a few months ago NOT 2007 as my camera thinks

Then I got brave and ordered some live plants - the Pogo erectus didn't like my tank and went all gooey in like 3 days

May has he grown..petco told him he was a female and he still thinks he is...I keep a close eye on them and have yet to see anything out of the ordinary. No nipped fins, missing scales only some chasing and light flairing and most of the time he is not involved.

A few weeks after the last pictures - the dwarf lilly and the green foxtails have grown like weeds.

Family Photo?

The only Petco baby to actually survive..sometimes I wonder if her head is..deformed. She has these weird red lines on the side of her head...

My jungle of dwarf lilly which is, aparently not really a dwarf plant and foxtails

And after I trimmed the melting/dead amazon sword leaves trimmed the foxtails. At some point I added Purple and Green Cabomba. There was a giant hygro but that also went gooey. There is a teeny tiny sprout on the stem after the other leaves melted or died. I'm hoping it was just adjusting to the water...

a rabbit snail

Plants are;
bacopa carolina
amazon sword
green foxtail
water sprite or wysteria - not sure which
some random tiny floating leaves - duckweed and salavia?
a twig of hygro something or other

didn't make it -
pogo erectus
flame moss
some other kind of fox tail

Normal play sand substrate.

Is there any way to keep the bacompa carolina from floating? if you even LOOK at it, it gets dislodged from the sand and floats


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post #2 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 08:10 PM
it looks so good!!! and the sweet little rabbit snail. getting so big!!! tell them i miss them xD

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 08:16 PM
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wow. those bettas are probably in heaven! that tank looks amazing. lots of places for them to play hide and seek ;)

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-02-2012, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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I stole my sisters coral and seashells and made some cave out of it, trying to up the PH/hardness of the water a bit. The chunk of Mopani wood seems to lower it to a point where my trapdoor snails won't come out of their shells. Now there are some small shell caves for them to hide in if they wish. The rabbit snails don;t seem to be affected by the low ph - only the trapdoor snails.


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post #5 of 6 Old 10-03-2012, 07:25 AM
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Yeah I've heard mopani wood (or most driftwood for that matter) does tend to lower ph. I have yet to experience that yet. I put some driftwood into my tank for my bristlenose pleco. :)

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-03-2012, 08:21 AM
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Very nice tank. The evolution is interesting. Looks like you moved steadily toward the natural environment.

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