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This is a discussion on Worlds Behind Glass (a journal?) within the Other Aquatic Environments Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Photography category; --> since y'all seem to like tanks with too many of the same kind of plant, here's a shot of the 29g Crypt QT tank ...

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Old 11-06-2013, 08:03 AM   #21
 
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Plant QT tanks

since y'all seem to like tanks with too many of the same kind of plant, here's a shot of the 29g Crypt QT tank (with bonus lotus!). Some of you have already seen this image, it was taken in the summer just before I decided that I needed to clear it out a bit and started sending plantlets off to live in new homes. . .





Might as well throw this one up too - this summer I had a good time experimenting with a dirt substrate for the first time! Another plant QT, 20gL, this one is *mostly* filled with swords and Dwarf Sagittaria. (a huge thank-you to JenTralala and Termato for sending me their 'extras' to grow out in preparation for the 125g! <3). A few pretty crypts to the right - they didn't seem to be thriving as much as the others, and are now growing much better in the Crypt QT pictured above. The swords were little woobies when I got them, and at this point. . . well, I think I need to get them into a bigger tank! (this is an older image) I'm really impressed with the growth on the D.Sag, it's pretty much taken over the tank, which is awesome! I've never had luck with this plant, even in this tank with this light. It doesn't die, it just never has grown much for me, either - until now. I think it's really loving the nutrient-rich soil. I'll have to give it extra root tabs once I move it into a sandy tank and cross my fingers that it stays happy.

As you can see, I play with my plants entirely to much to keep a proper sand cap in place, hence all the dirt on TOP of the sand in there. No dirty tanks with fishies for me, I think, but fantastic for plant growth! >.<



Many thanks go to BWG for digging me up some amazing deals on many of the plants you see in both these tanks, as well as quite a few of those gorgeous rhizome plants from the shots before!

Both these tanks have changed quite a bit since then, being QT tanks, but I happen to have these images uploaded already - so there you go!

I keep trying to close tanks to make my life easier - but somehow tank consolidation inevitably leads directly to the set up of yet another tank! >.< Maybe this time I'll win?! (too many tanksssssss!)




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Old 01-18-2014, 08:50 PM   #22
 
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I'm pretty happy with the way my terrarium is growing in right now. . .





. . .and quite fond of those who live there! ^__^





Especially little Pete. . . <3

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Old 01-18-2014, 08:55 PM   #23
 
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Awwwwww frogs!
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:44 AM   #24
 
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Ches your lil terrarium looks awesome!
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:24 AM   #25
 
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so jealous ,especially of the toady filled terrarium. beautiful work jes.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:44 AM   #26
 
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Thanks everyone!
Delmar, Pete and Everett are Fowler's Toads.
My guess is that Pete is a season younger, because he's so much smaller than the others
(not that any of them are particularly big)

*swoonsforPete*



Their 10g tank is the (current) end result of all the fun I had playing with plants out in the backyard this summer.
It's an odd mix of true tropicals, natives collected locally from the woods near my home, and emersed tank plants.
. . .I got myself in trouble when autumn arrived and I had to find a place for everything indoors! >.<

Aokashi helped get my emersed experiment started way back in July with a RAOK of trimmings from her gorgeous setup(s). (thanks Ao!)
Here's where many of these plants started - I never expected them to grow for me!!!



I lost many of the stem plants when I added the toads - Apparently they didn't appreciate being hopped on :/
The crypts and ferns seem to be handling the abuse fairly well so far. *fingers crossed*
The photos of the tank at the top of my last post were taken just after a heavy pruning - it was a jungle in there!
I hope it continues to grow, and the toady babies stay happy - the toads have been a lot of fun to keep and care for. ^__^

I'll have to dig up an image from when this tank was first set up with all emersed plants - pre toadies. . . it's grown in and changed a lot since then - can't wait to see where it goes next!
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:38 AM   #27
 
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what do you feed your little guys?
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:27 PM   #28
 
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When it was warmer out, they were mostly eating rolly polly pill bugs that the kids happily helped me gather from our yard - we had a fun time building a habitat for them, too (sure I have pics of it somewhere on this hard drive!). Now that it's winter, we've switched to crickets that we get from the pet shop. . . I'm not a huge fan of the crickets - lol, but the toadies seem to be! >.<
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:40 PM   #29
 
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oh my goodness jes.my 6 yr old son saw your little toads and is now pleading incessantly for some toads of his own.looks like i may have a spring project.his grandmother lives next to a lake.they have hundreds of american toadlets in their yard every spring,to the point that no one wants to walk in the grass.i may try for some tadpoles though. i figure that this would be a great educational tool.i have an extra tetra 10i filter.i may try to design a small waterfall in the terrarium.thanks for the inspiration.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:39 PM   #30
 
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When it was warmer out, they were mostly eating rolly polly pill bugs that the kids happily helped me gather from our yard - we had a fun time building a habitat for them, too (sure I have pics of it somewhere on this hard drive!). Now that it's winter, we've switched to crickets that we get from the pet shop. . . I'm not a huge fan of the crickets - lol, but the toadies seem to be! >.<
Order small dubia roaches. They are really healthy for them and look at that size more like a rolly polly. Easy to keep.. Not a pain like crickets and less likeky to carry parasites. Just let me know if you want to try them.. I can give you sources.. Hell i can send yiu a cup of some to see how they like them.
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