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Old 03-10-2003, 03:26 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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HHHmmm.... Do you know the color of the lights? I'm using 5300k and 6700k and get gold leaves with burgundy tips.

I love the color in the e.stellata. If you could grow a forest of it around the optical center it would be amazing.

The tank itself is off to an awesome start. I think the great horizontal lines created by the driftwood will be the greatest challenge. I think some vals grown behind the vertical piece of wood at optical right would be great. Allow then to grow up and over so taht they parallel the wood to the left.
I also think some crypts and anubias would be great at center and right. If you could size and prune them to stay under the limbs it would be a great compliment to the wood.

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Old 03-10-2003, 07:14 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Since I'm fantasizing, I'd go with a triangular arrangement, starting high at the right and sloping down towards the left. I think that'd set off the driftwood on the left best and create a nice open space there.

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B3dlam, You ROCK mate!

It's great to see another Aussie showing off such awesome talent.

Now to afford that Digital camera!

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James: I like the idea of the anubias under the driftwood. I am a bit worried that the val might get too big in the tank but it might be worthwhile trying once the plants gets a bit more established.

2la: A triangle scheme would look good. But the lighting near the corners arent very good at all. It may be difficult to grow stemmed plants there....sigh...
What is that song??? I recognise it, but cant quite remember...!!

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It doesn't happen to be a Rolling Stone's hit does it? Actually two of theirs apply pretty well....

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I was shooting for "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by the Nylons and also by The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison, probably a host of other remakes.

Unfortunate about the corners, but you could prop some small pieces of driftwood covered in Java fern to fill in the gaps. Whatever you do, I can't wait to see the results!

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I really like it! I love the color of the gravel, and the wood placement is great...has a nice flow to it! Looks very gracefull

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Old 03-19-2003, 03:45 AM   #28 (permalink)
 
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2la: thanks for putting me out of my misery... I had that tune in my head for a couple of days...trying to think of the name!!! hehehe

Robert: Thanks! Begineer's luck me thinks..


Well...here is another update:
There is some hair algae growing on some of the tenellus, but its slowly dissappearing. I should have planted it more densely at the very start....
Bought 4 angels, 56 (i ordered 60..hehe) rummy nose tetras, 9 (1 died in the bag) ottos and 4 bristlenoses. Everyone is getting along, although the mollies are feeling a bit upset that their tank is now over run by the new inhabitants.

I havent made any aquascaping changes as yet. I'll do that sometime this weekend in the first pruning. The stemmed plants are growing very well, and new shoots of hairgrass can also be seen..woo hoo!!

The water parameters are as follows:
pH: 7.0
dKH: 4
Temp: 27degC

The pics might not be loaded as yet, so keep checking...once again James has kindly let me use his webspace to host the pics...

My apologies for the rather 'grainy' pics. More light is needed for the closeups i think....









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Old 03-19-2003, 08:14 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I like the long lines.
I'd build up the height around the root's bases with the gravel.

I'd moss the some of the wood. Especially the branches that extend out. The dark color of Xmas moss etc would look nice with the brighter colors of the other plants. I'd keep most of the java fern down near the base of wood. Leave some wood bear.

Moss is easy to prune and trim, it's more manageable as far as something you can trim and shape. Fish look good against also vs brighter greens.

Pull that gravel along the front edge back so that the level comes down to the tank trim. You want to see plants, not gravel and it will give the tank more verticle "height" and depth perception. Some folks do this on the sides on their tanks as well. It looks nice.


Plant choice sounds good.
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Ack. I guess I should check for a page 2 before posting...

Anyway, where did you get your plants from? Mail order? lfs?

Also, where did you find that beauteous driftwood????

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