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patadams66 08-12-2011 01:27 AM

55g Build Log
 
since i know you all like pictures.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...e42/photo4.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...e42/photo3.jpg


ill explain a couple things in the picture i guess.

the filter on the front of the tank:

i filled the aquarium with water and then realized i didnt leave it far enough from the wall to put the filer behind on that side so im waiting till i do a partial water change or something and putting it the back. but im also debating on just leaving it off.

i think with the penguin 350 plus all the plants ill have i wont need 2 filters

i placed a largish order from sweet aquatics today.

2 ea. Echinodorus Bleheri (Amazon Sword) MED
1 ea. Echinodorus Angustifolia 'Vesuvius' Pot
1 ea. Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium Laevigatum)
1 ea. Ceratopteris Thalictroides ( Water Sprite )
1 ea. Echinodorus Cordifolius (Radican) SM
2 ea. Echinodorus Osiris 'Melon' MED
2 ea. Vallisneria Asiatica Var. Biwaensis (Corkscrew Val)
1 ea. Java Fern (Microsorium Pteropus)
1 ea. Java Moss (Vesicularia Dubyana)
2 ea. Echinodorus Tenellus (Narrow Leaf Chain Sword)
1 ea. Anubias Barteri Var. Nana Narrowleaf Pot
1 ea. Vallisneria Americana var. Biwanesis (contortion val)
2 ea. Vallisneria Gigantea Marmor ( Red Jungle Val)
1 ea. Vallisneria Spiralis 'Leopard' (Italian Leopard Val)


Stocking im thinking

Rainbow fish, Rosaline Sharks, Cories, a schooling fish, maybe a group of angels (but im hesitant bc i murdered 3 in another tank though ignorance ) some otos, and another cool catish

i ordered a pretty cool piece of drift wood from ebay and im going rock hunting saturday. (black background is also coming soon, that is just what i had)

bigehugedome 08-12-2011 07:44 AM

Looks good, can't wait to see it planted. I'm horrible at aquascaping so I love looking at others for inspiration.

kitten_penang 08-12-2011 08:41 AM

watch out for the water sprite they get messy lol thanks for giving me my pic fix today =)

patadams66 08-12-2011 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 779526)
watch out for the water sprite they get messy lol thanks for giving me my pic fix today =)

Messy?
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kitten_penang 08-12-2011 08:55 AM

i and a few others find they don't really do well in certain tanks mostly low tech natural type ... the wither and melt and the dead leaves get all over the tank.making constant netting a must

patadams66 08-12-2011 04:32 PM

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...e42/photo7.jpg



i got this wood today, i like the pieces but i have never done this type of thing and with it full of water its a pain and with fish i think i did this backwards :(

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...e42/photo6.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...e42/photo5.jpg

i do have a question about these cheap plants i bought.

they dont have "roots" just looks like someone cut them off and they have little well roots i guess but do i just stick those down into the sand like i did? lol

BarbH 08-12-2011 04:39 PM

Looking good. What are the names of the plants that you got? If they are stem plants than you can stick them on in the substrate like you did. Also was thinking have you tried angling the wood in the center a little bit?

patadams66 08-13-2011 01:04 AM

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Originally Posted by BarbH (Post 780229)
Looking good. What are the names of the plants that you got? If they are stem plants than you can stick them on in the substrate like you did. Also was thinking have you tried angling the wood in the center a little bit?


i have a ton of plants from sweetaquatics coming so i just put the wood in there bc i could and left the plants where they are, i am not planning on it staying that way.

the one in the corner is kinda cool, its shaped like a V almost so its kinda like a little cave :D

patadams66 08-13-2011 01:08 AM

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Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 779535)
i and a few others find they don't really do well in certain tanks mostly low tech natural type ... the wither and melt and the dead leaves get all over the tank.making constant netting a must

i was planning on it just floating to help with nitrates/nitrites w/e

Byron 08-13-2011 10:34 AM

The floating Water Sprite species in the profile will be best left floating, it does not grow as well if planted in the substrate. The other sometimes-seen species mentioned in the profile will be better planted. As a floating plant, Water Sprite is ideal. It prefers soft water, but once acclimated to medium hard is OK. Doesn't like to be moved to different conditions much, it may take a bit longer to "settle" in another tank.


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