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just added some new plants (hydrocotyle verticillata, bacopa caroliniana, cryptocoryne wendtii, alternanthera reineckii, and all ready had some windilov, hugrophilia, and anubias nana). my husband just built a new light fixture so now we have loads of light and a diy co2 supply. i hope things go well, we're watching our params closley to try to avoid algea. some started on the glass but we're getting a handle on it. Oh andf one pic of my fw moray in a different tank just cause he was being cute.



 

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lovely tank! im getting really into real plants just now. planted my 10g earlier this week and planting my 35g as soon as the white spot clears up.

never liked eels tbh, they look too much like snakes for me, but im sure yours is lovely :)
 

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thank you all. We've always had plants but are only recently getting into serious care and such. We plan on doing an amazon biotope in our 44g now that it's cycled. :)
 

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Nice tank, Squiggles.:love:
 

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if u mean the little plant that looks like a bunch of tiny lily pad shaped leaves it's called hydrocotyle verticillata. I'm not sure how well it'll do, never had one before but it's supposed to be slow growing and kind of tricky to keep alive plant so we'll have to see what happens.
 

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Oh! It's pennywort. It looks really good then - mine never looked that nice. It always grew strangely, never in a nice little clump like that. It needs alot of light, but other than that it's easy to keep. :thumbsup:
 

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I hate to necro-post however I just had to say that this is one gorgeous tank! My wife and I are trying to plant our 55 gal; it's pretty slow going though. Lighting is the biggest issue; so far we've only put in a bunch of hornwort and four java ferns. They're all still nice and green with only about 1 watt per gallon. Do you have any tips on a DIY lighting system, Squiggles? Thanks again for the lovely pic!
 

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well we had just your average one light hood at first. then my husband saw the new T5 lighting systems. They are quite pricy for the whole set up. We got just the bulbs and sockets and my husband got a piece of air ventilation ducting from a store for like 10 bucks or something and cut it in half, shaped it and attached the lights in it. cheap but effective. Now we have 2.6 watts per gallon and the plants are almost overgrown. But after we got all that light, then boom, algae. So we did a diy co2 system but the algae persisted. Anyway now we have the lights, the diy co2, we add potassium nitrate, potassium sulfate, and a trace mineral fertilizer. And we add flourish excel, the flourish excel got rid of the algae completely. A bit of a high maintainance tank but you can practically see the plants grow. Our Amazon sword can grow a full new leaf every 2-3 days.
 

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we did our discus tank recently with mopani driftwood, some java fern, java moss, crypt, anubias, and alternanthera reineckii, basically all low light plants, well all that can tolerate it. We plan to keep it lower light, high light is great but it is alot of work to keep up on keeping things balanced enough to avoid algae.
 

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lovely tank,i hope you're proud of all
your hard work,very pleasing to the eye.
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