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Old 06-18-2011, 02:47 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Neat little tank That HC looks awesome
I wish we could get it in NZ where I live but sadly it's not available

BTW I'm pretty sure your 'Blyxa' was mondo grass, Ophiopogon japonicus. I've kept this plant myself before, and it is very hard to grow submersed, but sometimes it will send out roots and new leaves and start to take root in the substrate. Mine had started to send out roots, but it got covered in black beard algae because it was such a slow-growing plant so I removed it.
Thanks man. Couldn't you order it online? I am pretty sure the tank is an Aqueon. Any way. I am pretty sure you were right on the "blyxa". It started melting not long after I put it in there. I am thinking if I do decide to get some actual Blyxa, I am just going to order it online. Thanks for lookin and for the kind words.
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MAF won't allow plants or live organisms to be imported from overseas. Even soils like the ADA ones probably wouldn't be allowed into the country
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MAF won't allow plants or live organisms to be imported from overseas. Even soils like the ADA ones probably wouldn't be allowed into the country
That is rough. I don't know how I would deal with that. What do you guys do for plants and things like that?
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The only decent ground cover plants that we have is glosso and hairgrass, and we only have a few red stem plants. We don't have things like Eustralis stellatus or most Limnophila sp, and hardly any types of moss and ferns. We really only just have the absolute basics.

I have been experimenting with native mosses from the river and I have found that Fissidens berteroi is quite a good aquarium plant, although it needs really good conditions and it is quite slow-growing. The plants I am interested in most are the ferns and mosses, and it sucks because we have barely any species. The only readily available species are Bolbitis heudelotii, Microsorum pteropus, M. p. 'Windelov', M. p. 'Narrow Leaf', Vesicularia montagnei and dubyana. Then if you're lucky you can get hold of a bit of M. p. 'Philippine' and then Taxiphyllum sp. 'Peacock'. And the Fissidens berteroi is protected so I have to be a bit secretive about it otherwise I will be fined by DOC, and the Taxiphyllum sp. 'Peacock' was accidentally imported a while ago so it isn't registered and I'm lucky that I have a bit but I have to play secret squirrel about that as well. Here's a link to a dictionary of most of the aquarium plants in NZ: http://www.fnzas.org.nz/?page_id=25
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The only decent ground cover plants that we have is glosso and hairgrass, and we only have a few red stem plants. We don't have things like Eustralis stellatus or most Limnophila sp, and hardly any types of moss and ferns. We really only just have the absolute basics.

I have been experimenting with native mosses from the river and I have found that Fissidens berteroi is quite a good aquarium plant, although it needs really good conditions and it is quite slow-growing. The plants I am interested in most are the ferns and mosses, and it sucks because we have barely any species. The only readily available species are Bolbitis heudelotii, Microsorum pteropus, M. p. 'Windelov', M. p. 'Narrow Leaf', Vesicularia montagnei and dubyana. Then if you're lucky you can get hold of a bit of M. p. 'Philippine' and then Taxiphyllum sp. 'Peacock'. And the Fissidens berteroi is protected so I have to be a bit secretive about it otherwise I will be fined by DOC, and the Taxiphyllum sp. 'Peacock' was accidentally imported a while ago so it isn't registered and I'm lucky that I have a bit but I have to play secret squirrel about that as well. Here's a link to a dictionary of most of the aquarium plants in NZ: http://www.fnzas.org.nz/?page_id=25
I don't know how you guys do it. How is it getting fish where you are, and what is the saltwater and reptile hobbies like there? I wouldn't mind finding some native species here and doing some sort of tank, but I think all of them are mostly cold water and I am not going to shell out tons of money for a chiller. I love all the ferns and mosses as well. I am actually in the process of setting up another tank for shrimp and the mail plant will probably be some sort of moss. I know there are a bunch of banned plants here as well, but it is really dependent on what state you are in. I don't think there are very many nation wide bans on plants. What size and how many tanks do you have at the moment?
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The reptiles available here are blue-tounges, beardies, water dragons and leopard geckos and a couple of others I think. Then we also have the native repiles with are very unique as they give birth to live young except for a couple of species, and they have an amazingly long lifespan compard to a lot of other lizards. The marine hobby here is quite good and there is a lot of cool stuff available.
Getting fish is annoying as a lot of species have an 'import risk' and we have an 'allowed list' which has lots of boring basic species, and quite a few nice ones, but the nice ones are very rarely imported (like Sundadanio axelrodi for example). We have only a tiny handful of dwarf cichlid species here, which sucks for me as they're one of my favourite fish.

I just have a pretty ugly 150L holding tank (100x30x50cm) with a few basic plants, some tetras and rasboras, and a trio of Apistogramma macmasteri. I also have a 30L livefood tank where I grow blackworms and daphnia for my fish. I want to do a proper ADA setup (although as I've said I most likely won't be able to get the soils and additives) so I'm going to get a Mini-M tank made, and order the light and some other bits from overseas. For stocking I'll proberbly use Danio erythromicron & margaritatus.
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The reptiles available here are blue-tounges, beardies, water dragons and leopard geckos and a couple of others I think. Then we also have the native repiles with are very unique as they give birth to live young except for a couple of species, and they have an amazingly long lifespan compard to a lot of other lizards. The marine hobby here is quite good and there is a lot of cool stuff available.
Getting fish is annoying as a lot of species have an 'import risk' and we have an 'allowed list' which has lots of boring basic species, and quite a few nice ones, but the nice ones are very rarely imported (like Sundadanio axelrodi for example). We have only a tiny handful of dwarf cichlid species here, which sucks for me as they're one of my favourite fish.

I just have a pretty ugly 150L holding tank (100x30x50cm) with a few basic plants, some tetras and rasboras, and a trio of Apistogramma macmasteri. I also have a 30L livefood tank where I grow blackworms and daphnia for my fish. I want to do a proper ADA setup (although as I've said I most likely won't be able to get the soils and additives) so I'm going to get a Mini-M tank made, and order the light and some other bits from overseas. For stocking I'll proberbly use Danio erythromicron & margaritatus.
I wouldn't be able to deal with all the restrictions. I know in a couple of states my corn snake is illegal to keep because it is native to that area. I wouldn't mind finding some native species of lizard. As far as fish restrictions, I would have to get out of the hobby with that many restrictions. And there is nothing wrong with using tetras and things like that for a tank. I really like smaller fish and it is mainly tetras rasboras and some livebearers in that group. And have you ever thought of doing a natural planted tank? It may work for you.
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I reckon I could pull off an ADA tank with the restrictions. In a way, it's kind of good because then I won't have so much trouble choosing plants lol But it still would be nice to be able to get at least a few more different plants. And at least there are a few different fish here suitable for nanos. We have Boraras maculatus (and briggitae but these are better for 40L+), Danio margaritaus and erythromicron, Dario dario, Hyphessobrycon amadae and Trichopsis pumila and various pencilfish and a few other species.
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I reckon I could pull off an ADA tank with the restrictions. In a way, it's kind of good because then I won't have so much trouble choosing plants lol But it still would be nice to be able to get at least a few more different plants. And at least there are a few different fish here suitable for nanos. We have Boraras maculatus (and briggitae but these are better for 40L+), Danio margaritaus and erythromicron, Dario dario, Hyphessobrycon amadae and Trichopsis pumila and various pencilfish and a few other species.
I would do it. And I would love to be able to get some Dario Dario. You don't see them very often out here.
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So, after hair algae almost took over the tank, I cut it all out, and some of the HC with it. Now I am back to square one pretty much on the growth and need to wait for it to grow back in. Here is how it looks now.



I am thinking of doing a DIY CO2 set up on this. Are there any good How-to threads on a yeast reactor?
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