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My 55gal

Specs:

Plants:
Blyxa japonica
Hygrophila corymbosa 'angustifolia'
Hygrophila polysperma
Hygrophila 'kompact'
Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae
Micranthemum umbrosum
coming soon:
Pogostemon stellatus
Ranunculus inundatus

Fish:
To many!

Tank specs:
12"W x 48"L x 22"H
Substrate:
Flourite and river sand (i wanted to do mineralized soil but the weather in Oregon has not been good enough to dry out soil so maybe next year I'm to impatient)
Filtration:
Magnum 350
U.V. 24 hours
Heater:
In-Line hydor 201
Co2:
Milwaukee regulator adapted to 64c.i. paintball tank
Milwaukee controller
In line P.h. probe
Lights:
Coralife 265 watt
2x 6700 65watt
2x 10000k/acintic
9 hours 7 at 6700k 2 with all

Sorry for the cloudy pics. When i get cleaner pics I will repost some, also sorry for any duplicates im having trouble today.

as always comment please!

What i started with

Close up

My cat checking out the plants and the fish.

Ewwwwwwww



















 

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Afyounie
Looks real nice. I can't wait to see it when it clears up and the plants fill in. What kind of rock did you use?
Thank you Afounie
The rock i found at my LFS was listed as bulk rock. It looks really good in person way better then the pics.

some more pics after the tank has cleared up some more



my fishies tried to get in every shot so here it is with its own close up
 

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jackh

i like it
Thanks jackh

cs_gardener
It's looking great! I love the rocks and the overall layout. I like the idea of some Anubias in there for contrast. Maybe a Nuphar japonica, the large, light green, translucent leaves would be a great foil for your spiky plants and it's easy to train it to stay a certain height.

The Ranunculus inundates is great (I think it may be what I traded to Robert). Mine always heads toward the back of the aquarium since the tank is in front of a window and it wanted the sunlight - darn plant ignoring my scaping plans. Anyway, as long as it gets sufficient light it's easy to grow.
thanks cs_gardener
my luck with anubias has been less the spectaculer! i seem to be able to grow BBA on it more then i can grow it by itself. But i think an larger leaf anubias might look pretty cool if i could figure out where to fit it. and keep it whiped into shape :whip:

I omited two plants from my list i just relized. they both whree plants that didnt handle the algea outbreak and subsiquient bleach dip very well. they are both hidden but in the tank.

on the left is ECHINODORUS PARVIFLORUS 'TROPICA'
on the right is Cryptocoryne moehlmannii

Both are hidden because im not sure they will make it. :(

Sorry for spelling my spell checker not work today.
 

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do you a a spotted leaf fish in there?
Its a Ctenopoma acutirostre a.k.a. Spotted Climbing Perch, Spotted Bushfish and a couple other common names im sure. From what I understand its related to leaf fish but not the same. He is pretty cool always hides under the mossy branch and watches the room, he eats my flake food (i have been told its not common) and brine shrimp and unfortionitly he also likes neons cardnial tetras and amano shrimp :Cry:

I'm bored so here is some pics.





My gourami isnt doing very good been like this for 2 days but still alive. not sure what i should do :(


and my hidden sword

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here is some close ups of the rocks. maybe someone can tell me what they are?




These new smilies ROCK!!! :supz:
:lalala: :spy: :yield: :drinkers: :scared: :decision: :humble:
 

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7 Day UPDATE: added new plants from Robert at aquabotanic the Pogostemon stellatus was a nice big portion and looks great! the Ranunculus inundatus is acclimating and has melted a little but i think its going to look great when it starts to grow:cool:

the dwarf guramie (can't spell) i finally put to sleep. i liked him alot and i didnt want to watch him suffer anymore.

water has cleared, my mistakes are fixed, and so some new pics of tank, plants and fishies. In no order what so ever.


















 

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UPDATE: 14 days

little algae but nothing bad.
lost a couple more fish, jumped tank. all water test i can do come out normal except Gh i cant get a reading.
the hidden tropica sword is not looking good. everything else is pretty good.

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Update: 26 days or so.

added some new plants some hygro bold and sunset from Tex gal their awesome!!!!!!!!! and some gloso in the foreground.

trying to figure out trimming, something i have never been really good about doing, and its coming along pretty good. My wife even likes it so im happy!

i have cut my light in half only 2x65watt. i did it during the BGA outbreak and decided i like it lol. plants are not pearling as much but they still look pretty happy.

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thanks for the replies.

Tex Gal
Re: "Once again" my re rescaped 55g
Boy what a difference in your growth!!! It's amazing! It's really filling in. You're gonna be selling moss soon! Don't you just love this hobby?!!

P.S. Thanks for the kind words about the plants... glad you like them!
Your welcome Tex Gal the sunset is doing great btw. new leaves and growing fast. The bold i think is still getting used to its new home, the stems melted a little around the substrate i'm hope ing it takes off soon. They both are Great looking plants!!!

i have trimmed that moss three times now:D Yes i should start selling it. need to remember what type it is LOL.

This hobby rules!!

BlackTop_Kings
Re: "Once again" my re rescaped 55g
this is a great re scape I really like the new look. cant wait to see more
I cant wait either!!! :D
 

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Not really an update here i am trying to learn more how to use my camera and the macro lens. so here are some pics. also a full front i forgot on last update. im starting to have some water flow problems as my plants are pearling more on the 3/4 left side then on the right. going to add more flow soon as i get some extra cash that doesnt have to go back into my store.

I think my photos are getting better if i slow down and put some time into the shot. please let me know what you think on how i can improve my shots?
glosso i just added needs a trim.

a shot of the sunset hygro

And closer

little sae having a meal im going to sneak up on him.

he is mad at me for disturbing his meal

Really mad now

little bugger hard to catch

Moss?

Moss?

nana patite

hygro Kompact

my surprise plant red tiger lily popped in to say hello

Full tank shot
 

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I have been trying to figure out what moss this is, I looked at my file and i think that its xmas moss? I tried a couple of mosses that didn't do to well then this one took off. they where all very very small starter plugs so most didn't make it.

 

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hello,
I am in need of a trim!!! ;) Would be more then happy to do a trade. Just P.M. me Robert and we can work something out. not in this tank but just FYI i have some small crypt. Tropicas, about 8 emersed.
I had hoped that the H. Sunset, Bold, or Pogostemon stellatus would give me my much needed color, but they have not i am still learning their needs i guess.

Limnophila aromatica has got to be in my top 10 list of plants! sad part is its also in my top 5 plants i like to call "dead before i even plant them" i seem to kill it every time i try. dont even get long enough to figure out what i did wrong.

here is my plant list with photo



1. Vesicularia montagnei - Xmas moss

2. Hygrophila polysperma - 'Sunset'

3. Cryptocoryne crispatula - balansae

4. Blyxa japonica -

5. Pogostemon stellatus - NOTE: im stunned how well this is doing for me!!! I cant seem to get it or the Sunset to color up but i have trimmed it twice now since i got it from Aquabotanic, had nice color when i got it too.

6. Micranthemum umbrosum - Giant baby tears

7. Glosso

8. Hygrophila corymbosa - Kompact NOTE: this was purchased at the GPAS auction it was one small pot, it has exploded!!!! the tag in the pot was from the Florida nursery. I have no experiance with H. Corymbosa or H. C. "kompact" so if the tag was wrong i would love to know!

9. Hygrophila corymbosa - 'angustifolia'

10. Ranunculus - NOTE: it has taken a while to get established and my Krib snacked on some of the pieces but its getting a start now i cant wait to see it growing!!! I also put a piece in my emersed setup and it just sent up 3 new leaves so its starting to grow!

11. red tiger lily

12. my new brown rams horns :cool:

13. Hygrophila sp. 'Bold' NOTE: the reason you cant se it is because its not doing well. has melted a bit and has not established at all.

I think thats all i have crammed in their.
 

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I am always happy to trade, particularly locally, and particularly for stuff I have a hard time getting. Plants I can get anytime I want I am not so interested in, and it has to be enough to make it worthwhile, one or two stems of something is of no use to me, and definetly not sunset hygro! If the state inspector or the USDA found that plant in my shop I would be in soooo much trouble!

All from one pot huh! If it isn't growing any taller than that, then I guess it was labled right. Cool.
I thought HYGROPHILA POLYSPERMA was the only hygro on the Oregon no no list, guess after i think about it its pretty much the same plant. I have seen the picture of local lakes where the plant has taken over. makes me angry that someone lets a plant or animal loose in the wild, even more so when it hurts the rest of us in the hobby.

well just let me know how much would be worth it to you and i will see if i can do it! i have lot of stems of that one Hygro A. I have been toping it and replanting the tops for awhile now.
 

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UPDATE: added a second magnum 350 i got off of craigslist. so thats one mag350 running with U.V. Heater, co2 and probe with filter floss to slow flow for U.V. and Heater. Second magnum with purigen and floss to help move water in tank.

Still trying to learn how to trim, LOL

hygro Bold is starting to grow in, it looks great! I will get pics of it next update.

Have i little algae in the moss, a fuzzy hair. Glosso is starting to grow I hope it grows low as i want a low foreground on the right.

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A little update, Ripped the HM out of the center because I couldn't make it happy. It's bottom kept dieing no mater how i trimmed so i gave up.

replaced it with limno. Sp, mini.

I lost almost all my moss, it came unattached and i just let it go, im going to try a new moss their i think so its kinda just a couple of pieces their tell i figure out what im doing.

The hygro in the left corner over grew the kompact and the kompact started growing up towards the light, Its also driving me totally insane!!!!!! I am really sick and tired of pulling the dead floating leaves of the kompact out of the tank, every single day! So its going to go bye bye as soon as i figure out its replacement.
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OK no one commented? I think im going to use some type of java fern to replace the hygro compact.
My tank is also in grow out mode for the upcoming swap meet so please excuse the random new stems here and their and all the stainless steal squares with random mosses.
the glosso is killing me i keep cutting it down and shoving it under the substrate but it wants to grow up more then to side :axe:tired of hacking it down
Really could use some ideas? anyone what do you think? how can i make it better??
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left

one of my fav shots!
 

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Discussion Starter · #39 ·
photobucket appears to be down so I can't see the pics right now - but for the Hygro'Kompact' you can consider a darker-leaved Anubias - like coffeefolia.....
Thanks for the idea hooha! :D I wanted to add add a note the BBA sprung up when i had some problems with my inline diffuser (no room for a reactor at this time:mad: ) so for about a week i was having trouble with Co2. Fixed now but man i hate that BBA!!! little tufts on my crypt balansae on the left and my hygro on the right and whats left of the rocks you can see. I am thinking i will remove most of them rocks anyways no sense in having a hardscape you cant see.
 
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