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Old 12-24-2020, 03:29 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Equipment notes:

The Fluval FX6 that I got used is starting to take air and it drips here and there...needs all new seals/gaskets/o-rings. So the FX6 will go and this will run only with the sump-n-pump from now on.

I am very well pleased with my sump, using a 29-gallon aquarium and a Sicce Syncra 5.0 rated at 1,321 gph for my return. I am guessing that I've got between 1,000-1,100 gph at the outlet. The bio-media will be used in the sump of course...Everything will remain the same.

Pulling the first few plants (not even the large-rooted species) reminded me immediately of why I am doing this.

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This was when it got messy...sooo...muuuuuucchhhhhh...muuuuuuuudddddd
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Hardscape plus 3 new DIY hiding spots in the cooler
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These are some of the plants...there are some more in a 20 gallon holding tank
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I really love the color of this (can't recall the name). I have a very small, single Crypt with this same color that will go to a focal area later
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Old 12-24-2020, 03:35 PM   #52 (permalink)
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...later that evening...finally cleaned and ready.

The little hiding spots will end up half-buried, half-exposed and place sort of discretely-ish if I can manage it. The glass bowls are place-holders to tell me where these little caves go. By the way; I learned the hard way (much after all these pics) that if you forget to remove an inverted bowl when you fill an aquarium up with water the air pressure causes it to make your life miserable, and you get to re-set your substrate.


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Old 12-24-2020, 03:43 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand FINALLY...the plants can go back in. Based on the layout I ended up not using the Hydro.polysperma. I'll either use it to fill in the back-left corner, or I'll use it in the 20 gallon holding tank I have. The Limno.aromatica did not do well at all for me (not near enough light). What's left of that will also be in the 20, and then whatever Davemonkey wants he is welcome to.

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Pic with water to come after the plants straighten back up from 2 days in bags, and an all-day planting attempt while the tank was empty.
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Old 12-26-2020, 12:02 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Something I didn’t think of....using the substrate with the aragonite in it will completely alter the pH, KH and GH...so I guess I am going to have the “opportunity” to see some Crypt melt and Bucephalandra melt, as well as find out which plants like the change. I am guessing the Crypts and the Sagittaria subulata are going to love it, as well as the Buce, Anubias, and Bolbitis. I have no clue about the others but will let you know as the tank settles in over the next couple of weeks.

Oh...updated pic issue. We keep being gone in the evenings when the aquarium is the only light, and there is so much reflection in the day that I’ve not had a decent opportunity...maybe this evening...or I may just take one and assume you’ll understand why you are seeing the windows, couch, backyard, a kid or two...
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Old 12-26-2020, 02:33 PM   #55 (permalink)
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What a huge amount of work! Looking forward to new photos.
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Old 12-27-2020, 12:17 PM   #56 (permalink)
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Here are the pics I took the other day. The Bolbitis in the middle somewhat creates a split-tank (a double-territory to either side of it). But the more I look at it, the more I think I want it over to the right, with the Proserpinaca behind it. I don't really know for sure...I'll let the plants adjust before messing around any more with it. In the meantime, here is what she looks like:

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Update:
- I moved the Bolbitis to the right as mentioned earlier
- did a pretty serious trim to get the plants kind of in sync with each other
- swapped out some Ludwigia for Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia???), which I have never seen before used in an aquarium. Davemonkey picked some from his yard in OH and brought me a sample. He's been having good experience with it where his Ludwigia stems melt (lower light areas) so I am going to try some as well.

I have decided on pearl danio (not celestials, but the old-school pearls) and panda cories for now to liven up my dark background and substrate (they are not in there yet...just ordered them last night). I'll be patient about anything else...so nothing additional beyond the shrimp and C.habrosus I have in there already.

The layout (and a few comments here and there) tell me that Altum Angels with Albino Kribensis would set this off nicely...but I kind of overdid it on the danios, so need to wait till they settle in and then see about how many I really want in there (don't want to be too heavily overstocked).

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Wow, anybody who the name of that orange Crypt?
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Wow, anybody who the name of that orange Crypt?
The large plant on the left is a Lagenandra sp (I think...you might ask Crownman, as I got it from him).

There is a similarly colored Crypt in the center-right, but it's just now starting to come back from the melt after the move. That one came from Crownman as well and I don't know if it's something like C.wendtii 'pink' or if it's a particular species, but man it is really pretty. I can't wait for that one to pop back up. I didn't even know it was in there...was tucked up under all my Proserpinaca when I changed out the substrate.
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The large plant on the left is a Lagenandra sp (I think...you might ask Crownman, as I got it from him).
Ah, thanks. Will have to get this.
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