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post #11 of 28 Old 07-14-2010, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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The large tree stump is premanufactured too
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post #12 of 28 Old 07-14-2010, 12:47 PM
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The large tree stump is premanufactured too
Yes, but it doesn't look quite as out of place as the "cave", so I'll let you keep it, lol.

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Hubby said he thinks it looks fine but if I want more wood then to get it. That was easy. Sweet Aquatics said the daughter plants on the Oriental Swords were out of water and they started to flower. They said to just cut it off because they won't grow leaves now. The next shoot will
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Well done Lisa. And what a jungle that is going to be in a few months.

You already got the answer on the "flower", and I agree; grown emersed as many nurseries do with bog plants like swords, they will readily flower. But grown submersed, they never flower (or very rarely in a plaudarium situation perhaps) but plantlets will form on the inflorescence (flower stalk).

Agree on more wood, that tank has the length to make it worth while, not to mention the 8 Botia histrionica will appreciate lots of nooks and crannies to play around. Be careful not to space it evenly, always have different distances between wood, it will appear more natural. A sunken log in between the wood and stump on the left, lying on the substrate; 2-3 more "standing" pieces between the stump and cave [see below for suggestion on the cave] with another lying on the substrate, would be along the lines of those focal points I mentioned in our PM.

The cave I like, it is just in the wrong place. Being rock is needs to come from somewhere as it would in nature. A background with a subdued scene of something rock would work, I have managed to continue my background with identical gravel and wood, although with all my plants this is obscured anyway. Another method is to put the cave directly in a rear corner with no plants behind it; it is the plants behind it that gives it the appearance of being "out of place" as it is just stuck there in space as it were. Moving it back into the right rear corner for example, then planting swords around it (but not directly in front to leave the opening visible and accessible) will look much more "natural". Try it and see what you think.

I like very much the way you've landscaped the substrate with rolling unevenness. I've tried similar but the substrate seems to settle out even in the end, usually after just a couple months. Apparently you can place something under it to keep it uneven, I believe egg crate? Maybe you did that. Anyway, let us know if it remains or evens out over time.

A great aquascape, and one that will get even better as it matures with nature. Well done.

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The unevenness was my husband's idea. We had that in the 55g too and he really liked it. Being as I don't gravel vac too much, it didn't even out in the 55g. If it started too, I'd just vacuum up a bit of gravel and lay it down on the 'hill' to kee the slope. I don't have anything under the gravel, just extra gravel in that spot. We'll see what happens over the months.

I am going to try your idea with the cave. See how it works. I'll order 4 or 5 more pieces of driftwood and play around. It should be in next week sometime. I wasn't planning on ordering more plants except for Salvinia to float, but maybe I'll get a couple more Plarviflorious to put around the new driftwood.
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I think it is awsome! But agree the cave does look out of place i would try Byrons suggestion.

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Just order four more pieces of nice driftwood to make a total of five now
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post #19 of 28 Old 07-14-2010, 05:48 PM
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Holy Cow Lisa the tank looks awesome! I love the plants. The loaches are adorable and I love the way you have higher and lower areas in the substrate. You are very good at that. :) Glad to hear your Angels are so happy with each other. Maybe we will see some babies someday.
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post #20 of 28 Old 07-15-2010, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks a lot Inga! I'm really looking forward to getting my new driftwood in to see how that looks too!
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