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Here's Sunny's tank (the wifey), it's her first tank and hopefully one of many to come. :D It's a 36 gallon bow, 130w for lights (2x 65w 6,500k), typical HOB filter, Fluorite red substrate, and on a EI fertz schedule with some excel dosing. The driftwood was found in on our yard from a house project. Mostly filled with apontogens, java ferns, dwarf sag, Marsilea minuta, several crypts, rotolas, anubis, floaters, and several moss's from "Moss Pharm". As for fish 4 cardinals, 3 rainbows, several fancy guppies with offspring, 1 zebra danio, 2 ottos, several ghost fish, 5-6 nerite olive snails, and of course MTS. 2-3 of the apontgens have flowered, I wish I took pics. Enjoy!









 

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Nice setup! I wish I could get my wife interested in planted aquaria. At least she was agreeable to go to the AGA with me this year :)

I would suggest either removing the Nymphea or at least 'training' it to stay low. When I look at the tank picture the Nymphea leaves make me follow it up and away from the rest of the tank's setup.
 

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Thanks! I'll pass the message along. Ya I eased her into the hobby, and she likes it a lot. Next is a reef tank ;) I'll tell her about the Nymphea, and keeping it low. Her scaping style is to keep it rather natural and when your standing in front of the tank it shows and looks great. All the guppy fry stay on top of the large leaves; zipping around.
 

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Nice going, Jeff.

Can you write and article on "How to introduce your wife to Planted Aquariums"? :cool:

regards,
Ravi
 

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:D Hahhahhah, trust me getting rid of BBA and other algae is easier. Once we got the tank set-up she was very eager to get it filled with fish and plants. I think after watching me fiddle with my tanks for a couple years she wanted to create something of her own. Key things were to give enough room for creativity, patience, some light advice. Too much information at once can turn it quickly from a hobby to a obligation, so gotta remember to take it slow. :D
 

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Do you do all the maintenance? With the "kid's tank", Daddy's job is to feed the fish change the water, clean out the filter, and trim the plants :p

Now I am being lobbied for pea puffers even though they are sure the eat the tiger shrimp!:blabla:
 

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She does the majority, feeding, fertz & excel, water changes, scaping and trimming. I'm there to clean the glass with a razor, occasionally throw in some moss, once in a while I'll do a water change if she's busy.
 

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Wow, the new set-up looks really good. congratulations!
 

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Wow, I love the fact that you and your wife agree with the hobby. Keep it up.:D Wish I had someone to share it with, every time I talk about setting another one I get a mean look. LOL
 

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hahha thanks everyone, I broke down my 20g kitchen tank so I could do a Iwagumi. Most of the plants were transferred from there. The driftwood is mantazita. She helped with the scape and continues to feed the tank. :D
 

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That really looks nice. I like the manzanita and how it spreads into the open area, and that Anubias is a great looking specimen.
 

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i really really like that new scape a good foreground on the left and u got a TOTY contest entry
 
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