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Thread: 350 Litre Upgrade!
07-17-2013, 06:38 PM #51
This is supposed to be Cryptocoryne parva, like the stuff I already have, but it's HUGE! I ordered this online. Doesn't exactly match but what the heck.
And a load of Crytocoryne becketii. Far greener than my brown variety.
And a quick side shot to show the floating Limnobium spongia ("Frogbit"). I'm hoping this doesn't get burned by the lights. The water level has to be quite high in this tank.
I'm going to give this all around 10 days to settle and root in, and then I will transfer the filter and fish. At last! I think I'm being remarkably patient (I normally dive in and rush things). A sign of age?
07-17-2013, 06:55 PM #52
Wow your tank is gorgeous.. I hope that I can get a nice planted tank like this in my future. Jesus. Is it even a month old? Its gorgeous. It really is. The driftwood looks amazing and you're fantastic at plant arrangement.My 10 Gallon Aquarium Journal
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07-17-2013, 07:10 PM #53
Cheers. Very nice of you to say. Yeah it's been planted around two weeks now. Still on only six hours of light each evening which seems to be working. Growth has been impressive given I'm not dosing ANY ferts or CO2. I put that down to the intense lighting and the ADA substrate. I'm going to leave it low tech until things start to visibly struggle, then I will look at dosing ferts and tabs. Things might change a bit once fish are in and producing phosphates etc.
I might still move a few things around as I'm not sure I've got it quite right yet, but we'll see. I don't decide on any changes until that wood on the left stays down without the rock on it. I'll probably leave it at least a month.
It looks well planted as there are LOTS of plants in there (around 100 added recently, and batches from two other heavily planted smaller tanks). I'm sure I'll have to do a lot of pruning in a few weeks and I'll be giving them away!
07-17-2013, 08:55 PM #54
I am sooooo totally jealous, your tank and plants look phenomenal!!!! I'm "trying" do just do java ferns, anubias & swords (potted) in my soon to be Discus community tank but now I wish I had done more of a planted tank...maybe if I can sneak another tank into the house lol_______________________________________________
07-17-2013, 09:51 PM #55
Your tank looks beautiful and very natural. I really like it.My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
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My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Amano Shrimp
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07-17-2013, 11:02 PM #56
07-18-2013, 12:29 AM #57
Firefly you do indeed have a green thumb, well done!Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. -Vince Lombardi
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07-21-2013, 09:32 PM #58
Ok, the new plants have been in for six days now. I thought that was enough time to be able to finally introduce my fish.
First thing to notice is how quickly the colour in the barbs returns when they are happy. They were all a pale peachy colour when I caught them - difficult to tell males/females apart. Within about ten minutes of getting into the new tank they were flushing.
It's so nice to see them exploring, and much happier than in their bare holding tank.
The peppered cory 'big momma'. Looking a little skinny compared to her usual rotund self, but she is very much enjoying some substrate at last.
07-21-2013, 09:35 PM #59
07-21-2013, 10:45 PM #60
Filtration is at 404% which I'm please with!
Still looking for suggestions for any additions. I might up the cory numbers to 10 each.
I'm considering any of the following:
- marbled hachetfish school
- black neon tetra school
- cardinal tetra school
- a pair of dwarf cichlids of some kind, possibly apistogramma of some sorts
- rainbowfish school
- zebra danio school
- false penguin tetra school
I'm aware I have moderately hard water (pH 7.0) so none of these are ideal...but I'll work with what I have.
Last edited by ~firefly~; 07-21-2013 at 10:47 PM.