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thekoimaiden 08-09-2012 09:43 PM

29 gal community photo log
As I've now started to make some serious changes on my 29 gal tank, I thought it would be neat to share them with everyone. I'll try to get at least one picture a month.

This was the tank about 4 months ago. It wasn't anything to look at. In fact, I avoided looking at it.

This was the tank about three weeks ago, shortly after I added black sand and more plants. You can also see the half-giant betta that is currently calling the tank home. The plants are Rotala in the back left. Dwarf sagittaria in the back right. Pygmy chain sword in the front right. Water sprite is floating. Java fern is tied to the driftwood, and there's a tiny sprig of anubias rooted to drftwood in the back. See if you can find it! ;-)

I was comparing this picture to how my tank looks now, and there really hasn't been much growth. The stem plants are showing good growth and the pygmy chain swords show some growth compared to this picture. But I tugged on some of the plants and they seem to be getting pretty good root systems. I just added some root tabs, and I'm hoping those will help, too.

The tank is far from done. I'd also like to add chain sword, undulated crypt, and maybe a tiger lotus, but I'm going to let the tank and substrate mature a while before I add them. I'm also on the hunt for a nice large piece of driftwood for the left side of the tank (which is why it looks so bare). I'd like something tall and rooty. Once I get all the plants in and established, I'll go get my cardinals! (And promptly put them in QT.)


Because I don't know how much of my other tanks you've seen I'll include the most up-to-date pictures of my goldfish tank and betta tanks just for kicks.

I'm still battling with the plants to get them to grow. I'm hoping some root tabs for the swords will make a difference. Next time I set up a goldfish tank, I'm doing a freshwater refugium and only have a hardscape in the tank.

The betta tower! What's the best thing to do when you have too many tank? Stack them! :-D

Also, any tips for tank photography are much appreciated!

Chesh 08-10-2012 09:40 AM

I'm so glad you started this thread!
I love that tank, it's looking gorgeous already, and I can't WAIT to see how it develops - I really think it's going to be stunning when it's complete.
I've noticed that it often takes a while for some of my (not stem) plants to settle in and really start cookin' so I'm sure you'll be seeing growth soon.
And I've told you this already, but you seriously HAVE to try to get some pictures of those adorable loaches you have in there - PLEEEEEEEASE!!?

thekoimaiden 08-10-2012 01:11 PM

Thanks, Ches! I was over studying the pygmy chain swords, and I think I see some new leaves sprouting from the substrate. I don't see too many old leaves floating around the tank. I guess the MTS made short work of them! I really want the dwarf sag in the back to grow up nice and tall to give my cardinals a nice forest to play in.

I've actually seen the loaches playing in the dwarf sag a few times. But the only pictures I can get of them are loach BUTTS!!! They love to hang out under that one piece of driftwood. I think it has some holes that they love to play in, but they always have their heads towards the dwarf sag. So all I ever see is loachbutt. <_<

Chesh 08-10-2012 01:29 PM

ROFL! Loaches have very cute behinds, I think ;) I've had plants that took off right away, and others that took their time getting adjusted to things... it'll get there! I dunno about your cardinals, but your LOACHES are going to love it when the DS fills in. And the floating plants, too. . . my Kuhli actually play in the floating plants at the top of the water and it's the silliest thing you've ever seen :)

thekoimaiden 08-10-2012 03:48 PM

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Haha! Silly loach! Don't you know you're a substrate fish? :lol: Man I do love loaches. I've got future plans for them in some other tanks. They are some of my favorite fish.

Well I tried to get a good picture of loachbutts and succeeded!! Here is your loachbutt, Ches! Along with the HMPK half-giant who shares the tank with the loaches.

Chesh 08-10-2012 04:44 PM

D'aaaawwwww, loach butts!!! I love it! I'm so not familiar with Bettaspeak, but I'm guessing HalfMoon is in those initials somewhere ;) He's a gorgeous creature, he really is. . . is he actually navy blue??!

Olympia 08-10-2012 04:59 PM

HMPK = Halfmoon (yes!) plakat (short finned). ;-)

Looking good! Loving the goldfish. :-D
That's a realm of monster fish I dare not enter!

Sanguinefox 08-10-2012 06:19 PM

Am I blind? I cannot find the loachbutt in the picture. Also cute, I'm not the only one to call loaches that! XD

Chesh 08-10-2012 06:47 PM

haha, no. . . it's UNDER the rock, lol. LITERALLY, a Loach's backside :)

thekoimaiden 08-10-2012 08:17 PM

Olympia got it. He's a half-giant, too. Which means he's a little larger than the average betta. He's been changing color since I got him. He used to have a lot of white, but now it's been taken over by blue. He's a navy blue under the tank light but sometimes shines a turquoise.

Goldfish as monster fish? o.0 Well I guess the commons would be, but my guys could live in a 40 gal. Well not when I add the new one (who is still in QT right now), but right now they could.

Sang, they literally are underneath the log. All you can see is one tailfin in that picture. I'll have to see if I can get a picture of when their little heads poke out. Sometime I'll get the pretty end! :lol:

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