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Old 03-01-2009, 07:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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thanks!very beautyful!
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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This would make a great shrimp tank.

I have a very odd tank made by Azoo that has a very modern style stand, the back of the tank is high and the front is low.

I was imagining arboreal plants on bark in the back, but now I have more ideas. Thanks for the photos and posts. Update this regularly, it's awesome.

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Old 03-25-2009, 04:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I think its very cool, very inspiring

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Old 05-09-2009, 01:12 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thank you

Work (bulk/once a week -- if that -- fertilizing, little trimming or time) and tons of duckweed killed my hobby again. The tank is still going but is unsightly and many plants need to recover. I still was not happy with the plant layout though I liked it wild. I'm going to spread out the Rotala mexicana "Goias" and try new ground cover to show off the wood a little more. Now I'm considering getting something like Hygro "low-grow" to show color while always staying below the waterline.

Still no flowers
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:18 PM   #15 (permalink)
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i love this tank! would it be OK for me to link to it from my blog, and include a picture?

i have some Ranunculus inundatus that i am training as emersed plants. it is nice to see yours growing so well.

please send me a PM for the whatabout blog link if you have a moment.

can't wait for updated pictures!
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:41 PM   #16 (permalink)
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This forum sure is sleepy. Is there anybody out there? I'd love to see more pictures of the 40 breeder whenrver you can shoot some more.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:19 PM   #17 (permalink)
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This log is in AA forums. I remember seeing it looks way sweet haha.
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Of course you folks can link my stuff as much as you want

So, work and a super fun summer led to my neglecting this tank to the point it became a Purple Bamboo farm (check out the bucket pics in this no-longer-applicable FS thread). I ended up starting the tank back up the day after I uprooted those weeds with the same hardscape minus some wood and pots. Still growing out and a ways away from being of APC standards but maybe you'll like these progression pics through Monday anyway.

v2, day one


Couple weeks later


Little into starting the Rotala indica field


This past Monday, a little less than two months in. I think I'm about a month away from the balance that leads to the water clarity in the last big set of pics.


Believe it or not I plan to keep this more scaped than last time's wildness. I've not trimmed and shaped as often as I should, though.


Polygonum sp 'Sao Paulo' is hawt.


Further back because I am not afraid of my current algae


That Crypt in the pot in the back is tough and lived through the neglect.




The healthiest emersed stem




more algae


Ludwigia senegalensis (aka Ludwigia 'Guinea')...


... which I'm considering propogating here in place of this Rotala rotundifolia variant I got from TPT when I bought Rotala mexicana 'Goias'. I grew it out because I was interested in what it was. It's definitely not 'Green' nor regular rotundifolia.




This Riccia was a pest but decided to attach to this wood and now I think it's kind of cute.




I'm playing with some Java Fern 'Needle Leaf' I picked up here in APC but think it may mess up the scale. Doing a trim this weekend or so and will post if you folks are up for giving tips or just want more surfing time Wish me luck.
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You said in your OP, that you were posting for aquascaping advice...I'm sorry, but what advice could you possibly need?? This is truly stunning!

If I may ask, what is your maintanence schedule...water changes, trimming, etc?

I have always had a thing for pal's, and your setup is an inspiration...congrats
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Thanks ghengis. But, you know, as much as I learn from and enjoy this tank -- and it is my favorite tank I've had -- I still think it leaps and bounds away from the great APC tanks. And I think that's an honest assesment most folks would agree with. But maybe with a little dumb luck and more practice... But, like, golden ratio and proportion and a good eye and stuff? I know I'm still a gardener and not an aquascaper.

I dose every day, and my method is somewhat unique though fast. I dose my macros with these guys -- 1mL of KNO3 solution adds 1ppm NO3 into my tank's volume, 1mL of KH2PO4 adds 0.4ppm PO4 -- and traces by dipping a couple wet fingers into my trace mix then dipping those fingers in my tank, which I've already measured via scale to add about 0.2ppm Fe from DTPA (every other day) and 0.1ppm Fe as a proxy for trace levels from Plantex (the remaining days). I do things this way because I believe consistency is way more important than exact values when coupled with regular large water changes. So, for example, I dosed 5mLs (I use a syringe but used to use a bottle cap) of my KNO3 solution when my tank was just starting with little mass. Now with algae I have increased NO3 dosing to about 7mLs. It's just a fast easy way to adjust when needed. (And, with my way of going from little to lots of plant mass, I've learned adjustment is good as long as we stay consistent afterwards.)

I trim a few times a week when I can, but that's mostly just snipping tops off the Rotala indica to make its shape. I've cut down the Polygonum sp 'Sao Paulo' at least 4 times now, replanting the tops and tossing the bottoms in the back to help hide that pot and get branching emergent growth. (My goal with the single P. 'Sao Paulo' on the right is to mimic PJAN's Old Chinese Garden off-center red point with his Nymphaea sp., and to do it I want a pretty thick stem and dominant, large, colurful leaves.) So that's maybe 15-30 minutes a week. Then bigger trims like what I expect will happen this weekend are probably a couple hours, mostly drinking beer and staring at the tank while waiting for inspiration.

Water changes are via Python and painless -- I usually do other stuff while I drain it once, refill a little high to soak the emergent growth, drain it again, then refill to my target height. I'd guess I change like 70% of the water weekly but don't really know. Maybe 20 minutes for that?

So... all in all that's maybe 2-3 hours a week. It sounds like a lot but man I spend more time watching the tank than most people do watching TV. So, relative to the enjoyment and destressing I get, my maintenance schedule is pretty light. Remembering that my lady may feel negelcted is harder work

I hope that makes sense so please let me know if it doesn't.
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