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I didn't turn down the lights cycle low enough while I was on vacation. This tank went through a major nutrient deficiency. I took most of the stems out... chopped them... and replanted. The look i'm going for is potpourri on the right side of the tank, and something more open on the left hand side. Trying to use green, red, brown, and pink with all of the fish and plants. Hopefully everything looks nice once it's all grown in. I also added some isosetes taiwanensis to the rear of the tank... it's fairly slow growing, but should reach fairly high int he tank once it gets going.

For those with cloudy aquasoil problems... I poured 1/6th of a bag of AS through the water column. The water was a little brown but not cloudy at all. One 50% water change later and it looked like new again.

I added a couple of rocks to keep things interesting. The white spot on the rock to the left is super glue from a brief previous use. It will eventually dissolve away. I've added some mini pelia to the wood... yes the wood has bark on it. The pelia should spread nicely to look like lichen.









 

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3rd pic is the best imo. I like it alot, I enjoy lush deep green tanks.

What type of fish is on the glass in that 3rd pic ?
 

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I did like the Jungle... but decided It'd been a jungle for too long. That's a hillstream loach on the glass... I can't tell if it was a Chinese or a reticulated hillstream loach. They have since been relocated as they didn't quite fit with the new feel of the tank. they are a pita to catch!
 

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Starting to fill in with some semblance of order. There are still a few plants on the right that haven't grown into visibility yet... like the Rotala Rotundifolia. Once that and the Apongeton Crispus grow in... the right hand side should look more complete. Pardon the Algae wafer mess in the middle. The otos are working on it.

The plant behind to the left of the madagascar lace leaf... can anyone identify it? It actually grew from the rotal mini type 2 that's on the left. The rotala mini was in bad shape once upon a time and grew the stems of whatever that is right off it's own stems. i split them up and the rotala mini hasn't grown more since.
 

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I really like your tanks...all the different stages it has been through are great in my book.

are those tetras? the green ones...what species are they?
 

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Thanks Tex Gal... I for see another rescape in the future of this tank

I really like your tanks...all the different stages it has been through are great in my book.

are those tetras? the green ones...what species are they?
Thanks Darksome... the green fish are Microrasbora Kubotai
 

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I noticed you have chocolate gouramis. What has been your experience with them. I think they are really cool and I am hoping to get some, but I hear they are very difficult to keep alive.
 

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I've never had a problem keeping them in a variety of water parameters. I think success comes from having healthy fish to begin with. They can be aggressive towards each other if the tank isn't big enough for 2-3 fish. They do better when kept in in groups of 4 or more. Otherwise they are peaceful to tankmates, intelligent, and will eat flake food.
 

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This tank has been retired. I broke it down today to make room for my new nano reef. This tank was special because it was my first and only tank for a year after I moved to Portland. I never got the scape to look the way I wanted, but the sheer variety of fish that graced this tank over the past 4+ years has been amazing.

RIP 25 Gallon
 
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