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Hey friends wanted to share my new 10 gallon set up. The fish used in this layout is an unidentified Boraras species which look similar to boraras maculatus but has slightly different markings, hence the name. This layout was photographed at 180days past set up.





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Bushan,

This is the nicest 10 gallon tank I have every seen. Positively. Now I REALLY feel sorry that Pedro and I are not going to Houston today. If we did I'd want to see this tank in person.

Your tank is an wonderful example of how a small tank can be made to appear much bigger. The transition from dark to light when looking from left to right is beautiful. The details in the dark left side are just like some of Amano's tank have them - creating a feeling of a natural sight. The umbrella plant in the left draws the attention to that side of the tank. The focal points are designed with extreme precision! Until now I've known only one person that could conceive and bring up such a tank to this state - Luis. The four leaves between the riccia, the narrow leaf JF that sticks out, the height of the crypts... VERY impressive!

Bravo!

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Bushan,

This is the nicest 10 gallon tank I have every seen. Positively. Now I REALLY feel sorry that Pedro and I are not going to Houston today. If we did I'd want to see this tank in person.

Your tank is an wonderful example of how a small tank can be made to appear much bigger. The transition from dark to light when looking from left to right is beautiful. The details in the dark left side are just like some of Amano's tank have them - creating a feeling of a natural sight. The umbrella plant in the left draws the attention to that side of the tank. The focal points are designed with extreme precision! Until now I've known only one person that could conceive and bring up such a tank to this state - Luis. The four leaves between the riccia, the narrow leaf JF that sticks out, the height of the crypts... VERY impressive!

Bravo!

--Nikolay
Thanks a lot Nikolay for all the encouragement and detailed evaluation of the layout. You are always welcome to come check it out. I am thinking of adding some more Boraras to get a better density for the future pics. Comparing my layout with Luis's is a big compliment for me .
Just returned from presentation. It was great and we also had a small plant auction. Hope you can make it next time.

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The boraras are definitely maculata and some other subspecies. Here are pictures of them, different sexes, sizes and so on. You can see how they differ. The pictures where taken in the same tank at the same time. Some of them do have markings that are very different from the maculata.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ddasega/Maculata

The Google image search shows Boraras with all sorts of markings as "maculata". I noticed that at times, especially early morning most of the Boraras in my tank color up very deep red. I thought it was a mating coloration but the fish are slow and sleepy. One reason for the coloration maybe the food that I feed them (from kensfish.com).

The best explanation that I found about the different markings was that there are local varieties of maculatas. The exporters list them only as "maculata" and you don't know what variety exactly they are.

--Nikolay
 
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