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Old 08-15-2006, 10:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys...

Just wanted to post a some updates on my 30 Gallon as well as 2 new ones.... (Im running out of flat spaces :P)

Heres a pic of the 30 before pruning this weekend:


Top Down of a stand of L. Repens:



The 30 Again after a major scalp:



20 Gallon I just started. Will be a shrimp tank mostly.

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The 20 has dwarf sag. E Tennelus, 5 Different Crypts (Wendtii, Wendtii Red, Petchii, Lutea, Spiralis), Anubias Barteri, Anubias Nana Narrow leaf, Cladophora aegagropila (Moss Balls or Marimo Balls), Java Lace, Java Moss.. I'll probably add more... Probably Crypts. For lighting it has 52Watts of Power Compacts hitting just over the 2.5WPG mark. Further details about the lighting shown in my DIY thread:
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The Blackstripe minnow that I posted about afew weeks ago finally got a permenant home on a double stand under the 20 Gallon pictured above.



I also started this tank this weekend to house a Green Spotted Puffer. I've always wanted to try one of these fish so I finally did. LOL... The Brick... my wife-to-be is an architect and I just plain couldn't talk here out of putting the brick in there - Her statement of "Man vs Nature" It will end up getting covered with moss... Or maybe glosso in a mesh bag.

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The 30 Gallon has settled in nicely at this point.... it looks as if my little fight with algae is over - I see now that I've scalped it that the Red Ruben in the center behind the driftwood is growing pretty well.... its gotten a good deal bigger... All of the swords are kind of poor looking ... any suggestions here? ...


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I like the setups. Can't say I've seen a brick in a tank before....

As for the swords, do you dose extra iron or use root tablets? I do both, and my 5 swords are growing like mad.
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Your 30 gal is beautiful!

Tell your wife that I've also got bricks in one of my tanks. I use them as a shelf in the back for potted plants.
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the brick is unusual but it looks fine to me.
Nice tanks you've got there
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Favorite tanks are the 29 because it's loaded with plants. Followed by the 20 gallon, and the one with the unique brick. Looks pretty good.

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LOL
I'd bet the swords come back now that they're not buried.
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Betty - I've certainly had the same thought!

evercl92 - I havnt as of yet because the tank has still been settling.... tis only 85 Days old as of now.. and I had alittle fight with hair algea and the like..... now that its settled I think Ill fight root feeding them abit.... everythign but the the Ruffle sword is growing faily well... they just look poor.

Diana - I'll be sure to relay the message she'll be most thrilled Im sure LOL

Thanks for the kind comments guys

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If you have soil, you really don't need to add ferts.
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Very nice tanks! I like the brick and can't way to see it covered in moss. My favorite though is the 3 gal, but before the pruning.

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Yeah I kinda miss my jungle now - I've added some plants back now ... alittle L. repends ... some sunset hygro and a couple others but I left it fairly bare to see if I can give the Dwarf Sag. and afew other plants time to catch up

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