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rhymon78 04-28-2012 12:25 PM

29g move around, new plants added etc..
 
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Hey,

I have been doing some work to my 29g community tank. I got rid of the stupid ocean background and replaced it with a dark tree bark ivy type pattern which looks a damn site better than what I had before!

Took out some of the anacharis and introduced a couple rather large swords at the back left, and this lush pink/purple plant (not sure of the name) which I was assured was a true aquatic plant. added some more vals, and a bag of matured salvinia with some great furry roots. they had some in a tank at the store so they just took a bags worth out for me! love it!

Things are starting to look a lot more like I want them too, the only thing that bothers me a bit is the lack of a nice big piece of driftwood. there is two pieces in there but both are covered in java fern so other than the front of the piece on the left its not visible. I think some driftwood would balance the whole thing out.

As always, any comments good or bad are very welcome!

cheers
Simon

Maxillius 04-28-2012 01:35 PM

wow very nice aquarium! 2 thumbs up! :)

Inga 04-28-2012 03:56 PM

Excellent Job!:welldone: I love a tank that is full of plants and I tend toward the blanace of reds and greens as well. What kind of a background do you have on that tank, is it rocks? Mind you my eyes are not what they once were but that is what I thought I saw. Whatever it is, it works well with what you have there. I might add one more red plant, if it were my tank.

rhymon78 04-28-2012 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Inga (Post 1062203)
Excellent Job!:welldone: I love a tank that is full of plants and I tend toward the blanace of reds and greens as well. What kind of a background do you have on that tank, is it rocks? Mind you my eyes are not what they once were but that is what I thought I saw. Whatever it is, it works well with what you have there. I might add one more red plant, if it were my tank.

I will definately be getting another one Of those red plants, I love it! The background is tree bark with ivy growing up it.

Thanks for the comments!

Termato 04-28-2012 04:39 PM

Very nice! I love the additions

A nice sized rock or some driftwood would finish it off!

Byron 04-28-2012 07:04 PM

That is nice, and I agree on the background, much better.:welldone:

Hanky 04-28-2012 08:38 PM

Looks very nice

rhymon78 04-29-2012 03:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1062430)
That is nice, and I agree on the background, much better.:welldone:

Byron, I HATED that original oceanic background!! We got it the same day as the tank when I was a complete Noob. This was way before I knew anything of any importance concerning fish keeping. I didn't know what I wanted, or how to achieve it. Most importantly it was way before I found this website!

I am so nearly there with achieving what I want, with what I have... If I had my way the substrate would be darker with much smaller gravel for starters, maybe some contouring to the substrate as well, rather than just flat. I have this nice piece of driftwood in the centre but it is totally covered in java moss and java fern to the extent that you can't tell its a piece of wood. I believe that a nice piece of plain driftwood would finish the look off, but I had to remove the mopani I had in to begin with as it leached too much tannins, despite multiple boilings and soaking etc. maybe some standard driftwood may leach less? might arrange the right side where the vals are, move that cannon which was the 'mrs' idea, even though I quite like it and is a good hiding spot.

the top cover is coming along, I have the young Salvinia which is doing well, reproducing and the roots are coming along. I also added some more mature Salvinia yesterday which has large roots. SO about half of the surface is covered now, which pleases me!

I have learnt so much in last few months from obsessively hanging around here and trawling through post after post etc, that now I just wish I could start another tank and implement all that I have learned, and really go for that look I want, and do it right, with more interesting and obscure fish rather than the glow lights and danios that I naively purchased as easy fish and cycle hardy. Alas room does not allow, and neither does the 'Mrs'........ :-(

thanks to everyone who contributes and interacts with this website for educating and inspiring me.... much love.

Byron 04-29-2012 09:58 AM

I found Mopani bad for tannins, never use it now, it may also have fungus issues sometimes.

I use Malaysian Driftwood in my tanks. It is common in NA. In the UK you might call it Jeti Wood, I know Hiscock in his book on plants uses this name, and the photos in his book look like what I have. Dark brown, sometimes nearly black. It is heavy so it sinks right at first, no need to hold it down somehow. I usually buy it wet (from a store tank) so tannins are basically gone, but even the few small dry pieces I've had were not too bad.

jennesque 04-30-2012 02:04 PM

The tank looks very nice! It's growing in well. I too was curious about the background.. it looks very nice, but I recognized the ivy and I was wondering how on earth you had that growing under water until I realized it was just the background. Silly me. Looks great though! I think it'd look good with some more red in there.:l


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