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yodapoolman 06-04-2011 12:21 AM

Update on 56g column
 

I removed the pirate scene to add the driftwood and live plants after reading on this wonderful forum about the benefits of live plants.

Please forgive the floss holding the plants lol. I couldn't find my fishing line and I didn't want yarn or whatever to erode too quickly.

If you could check out the plants, especially the Java Fern and Java Moss, to see if they're healthy. They seem to be turning slightly brown (dunno if it's algae) and not wrapping around the wood. They've been in 2-3 weeks. The plants in the back have tabs in the substrate (probably close to a week now), and I'm dosing Aqueon Comprehensive (I'll be getting Flourish once this runs out) a couple times a week.

Also, right around the 3 min mark is one of my smaller cories. Does he seem to be breathing faster than he should? Sometimes I see the two smaller ones breathing like that.

If you have any other suggestions or constructive criticism, lay it on me! :-)

(The specs should be fairly up-to-date on my profile.)

sik80 06-04-2011 03:50 AM

Looks cool! I like the moss on the wood. Don't worry if your plants don't grow or brown to start with; they often take time to settle in and grow. My java moss took months to grow properly. My only crit is that you have wisteria close to the front, which will grow very tall and is therefore best kept at the back of the tank, otherwise it will block everything out

yodapoolman 06-04-2011 09:03 AM

Thanks sik80! I guess my LFS told me the wrong scientific name of the wisteria, so thanks for pointing out the common name (I've since updated my profile). The pics from this forum helped confirm that too. Because those most likely have a root system going now under the substrate, is there a "proper" way to replant them? Just pull 'em and make a new hole in the substrate and push the roots down and then cover? I don't want to damage the roots or anything.

If anything, keeping fish will help me gain patience LOL! With the exception of the Giant Val (1 week), the others have been about 2 weeks+. I've actually trimmed the cabomba and replanted from that.

sik80 06-04-2011 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by yodapoolman (Post 692265)
Thanks sik80! I guess my LFS told me the wrong scientific name of the wisteria, so thanks for pointing out the common name (I've since updated my profile). The pics from this forum helped confirm that too. Because those most likely have a root system going now under the substrate, is there a "proper" way to replant them? Just pull 'em and make a new hole in the substrate and push the roots down and then cover? I don't want to damage the roots or anything.

Witeria is normally very easy to grow. Don't worry if some roots come off - just stick it in the substrate and they'll grow again. For best results cut the stem half way between where the leaves are coming out, then remove some of the leaves from the bottom of the section you've removed and stick it in the gravel

Byron 06-12-2011 04:55 PM

That is very nice. In your other thread I commented on using a branch in a columnar tank, that was before I saw this video, and I see you have done what I was suggesting. That adds depth to this type of aquarium, and would suit those other fish I mentioned.

The "cory" by the way is actually a Brochis, Brochis splendens. At least I'm fairly certain it is, he was moving fairly quickly when he was sideways to the camera but I think the dorsal fin extends further along the dorsal ridge than it would for Corydoras aeneus. As for the respiration, I wouldn't worry; if it had recently eaten, or been swimming, it would be respirating faster.

I agree on moving the Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis), I would suggest the rear left corner so it will grow in front of the filter intake and partly hide it. And the JM and JF look fine to me.

Byron.

brownmane 06-12-2011 05:24 PM

Very nice. Yep, the java fern and moss do take time to settle in - a couple of months in my experience.

yodapoolman 06-12-2011 07:57 PM

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Thanks for the replies! And thanks for the clarification Byron. I'll try to get some side-shots of the catfish for you.

I just added a bit more of the giant val and thankfully my LFS had some tall plants already. They're almost to the top of the tank! I'm including a pic of the finished product. I have a cabomba on the left corner, along with a wisteria. Wisteria is also on the left-mid, and the back right. The back is all giant val with a few scattered cabomba (trying to let them grow out, may replant later). I don't want too much on the right side because that's the side of the outflow, and it seems to disrupt things a bit. I have it at a 45 degree angle pointing to the side glass.

Byron 06-12-2011 08:09 PM

You can sort out the catfish question easily. Both species are in our profiles, Corydoras aeneus and Brochis splendens, with photos [click the shaded names]. Compare the dorsal fin on your cat to those on the two species, they are distinctive.

The Vall will grow across the surface, that's fine; a natural floating plant effect which is always good.

Boredomb 06-12-2011 08:31 PM

Nice aquascape! I love the dirftwood you have in there. As Byron already said the Vall will grow to the surface. I have lots in my 55 gallon along the back of the tank. I have some on one side of the tank that has grown to the surface and goes passed the middle of the tank. Its gets really long. I don't know if it is the same varity as yours. Mine was called "jungle" val but still will probably grow the same. Once again Great Job!

Romad 06-13-2011 04:28 AM

Love that driftwood!! Great job on the placement :thumbsup:


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