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The Hillbilly Homebrew Hour

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Well, maybe I lied just a little. This is certainly going to take more than an hour, it may best be described as a series. Welcome to this weeks episode.

To set things up, I have been without a tank for almost twenty years. College, raising three children, a couple of residence changes, and a change in career helped keep me busy. But in the last two years, I have acquired and set up two tanks. One, a 29g at home. And two, a 55g in my office. Both are/were planted. The 55 still stands in my office, but I put the 29 up for adoption. That brings us to the real subject of this thread.

You see Martha(who has some strange affinity for me) agreed, in what she certainly looks back on as a temporary lapse of sanity, to allow a larger tank in the house. "You can have it if it will fit right there", she said. I dwelled on the possibilities for a few days, and decided that "Ol Monday" and I could transform our allotted space into 125g of pure paradise.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to Ol Monday.

We used to have an intimate relationship, but not so much anymore. I divorced her for a pencil shortly after college. We still have a friendly relationship, and she agrees to help with demolition and a small amount of construction.

In what I thought was an impressive strategical move, I begin while Martha was away at a baby shower. I'll have this roughed out and she will be able to better understand the big scheme of things much better when she returns. Well, we had a few delays during this phase, my pencil boy biceps not being the least.

I get the paneling down.

And I put Ol Monday to work on this barrier between us and the glory of 125g of pure paradise. Martha walks in to find this.

And with a notable quiver in her voice exclaims, "Oh my God, what have you done to my house?"
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So it looks like the reconstruction committee is currently re-habbing 2 different habitats? Hopefully they have followed all FUD (Fisheries Housing Developments) guidelines in their work. Otherwise, the powers that be could get quite disturbed.

Personally, it seems to me that the perpetrators of such a job did a masterful overhaul of existing structures and conditions.
I do think that all FUD guidelines have been adhered to. That is one and the same tank if that is what you are asking. That tank is located in an HHH branch office occupied by the Director of Public Relations/Lead Bartender.

If not, then yes, the other project is operating under much more strict guidelines. At the home office we operate off of MUD(Martha Urban Development) guidelines, which are an intense, but sometimes rather vague set of protocols.
I'm hooked...

Great thread!
I'm hooked...
I hope we can keep you on the line. Thanks for stopping in.
any updates?
What he said...
any updates?
Well, kinda. Since the Wet Cross has left the last disaster scene, the Planning Commission has employed Artsy Fartsy for some community rehab. They're shakin' it.

But, formal complaints have been filed concerning exposed plumbing and maintenance items. We hope to deal with these issues in arbitration.

Now, with Design and Mechanical under the stress of pending litigation, and the immense cipherin' involved with the home office project, Martha decided everyone needed a road trip.

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Way to go Martha! Hope you have a good time.

Love the reds! The Lobelia looks so nice nestled in there. Is that red Ludwigia palustris?
Is that red Ludwigia palustris?
Amped On Iron Heirloom is what I like to refer to it as. It has been in the local circles here for years. Iron, of course, is the old Indian trick to the color. Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis' maybe? You tell me, here is an IMAX photo to review. You may have to click twice to get the full view.

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Have a look at this. The leaves are much thinner than the Ludwigia. This is before the heavy doping, and fresh after transplant. I'll try to get a macro shot tomorrow.

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This looks close. I had to take your reference to google images to get it.
Beautiful scaping job, intothenew! You've got yourself some good smarts when it comes to aquascape design. :D

I asked Cavan to take a look and he says it's Ludwigia repens x arcuata. Just a beauty of a specimen!
Beautiful scaping job, intothenew!
Thank you Dave. Artsy Fartsy is complaining of the lack of depth to the 55. We are trying to get them a bigger playground, ;)

Thanks for stopping in.
I asked Cavan to take a look and he says it's Ludwigia repens x arcuata. Just a beauty of a specimen!
I think we have a BINGO. I will still try a macro shot today.

Thanks Tex.
Ladies and Gentlemen............Ludwigia repens x arcuata

Let's take a wide view for a moment.

Now, let's get up close and personal.

Does anybody have a recommendation for the proper salad dressing to use?
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Great writing, great tank, great plant. Nice to see you around this pastures, IntotheNew!
Nice to see you around this pastures
"Walk me out in the morning dew"
All I can say is WOW, and I'm jealous! :)
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