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09-13-2013, 08:59 PM #191
09-14-2013, 01:04 AM #192
09-14-2013, 01:37 PM #193
[QUOTE=wgoldfarb;1178435]LOL. Tony it is, then!
Anytime someone calls you Tony, I just imagine Antonio Banderas doing a PWC and gravel vac......oooh la la!
Yes, our basement is a nice size, runs the entire footprint of the house. The terrain my house is built on slopes considerably so the back half of the basement is actually a walkout, mostly above ground. Right now it is the domain of my kids, but I'm thinking I may take possession of parts of it for all those tanks
I believe MTS would be the treatment for such a large basement.
Last edited by gronlaura; 09-14-2013 at 01:46 PM.
10-05-2013, 06:17 AM #194
I finally managed to do some work on my stand, and I'm happy to report progress. I decided to go ahead and enclose it to make a cabinet. It is already primed, and I hope to finish painting it (semi gloss black) this weekend. It will also have doors on the front which I haven't made yet, but those can wait until after everything else is set up:
10-05-2013, 06:47 PM #195
10-05-2013, 07:03 PM #196
10-05-2013, 08:49 PM #197
we're getting closer! Looks great!_______________________________________________
10-06-2013, 05:14 PM #198
Thanks for the encouragement :-) It is taking much longer than I would like, but real life is getting in the way (sigh) . Still, I hope to finish painting by Tuesday at the latest.
Now that I am (almost) ready to set up the tank, I have started to think about plants.
Finding plants from the Orinoco is turning out to be extremely difficult, so I am expanding my search to plants from South America. Unfortunately, many of the packages with hardy or beginner plants I have found consist mostly of crypts and anubias, which do not grow in South America.
I have found some choices, based on feedback I have received here earlier (thank you Byron and talldutchie!) and some searching. I would love some feedback on which plants might do best with my relatively low light LED fixture (rated at 25 PAR at a depth of 12"). Also, any feedback on how these plants might fit together in an aquascape would be most welcome! I am open to the approach of planting a wider variety to see which plants do well in my tank and which do not. After cycling I can get rid of the ones that did not do well, and plant more (or slowly propagate) the rest.
Background plants: I love the look of "needle-like" leaves and I am thinking of Anacharis narrow leaf (egeria nanas) to use in the back corner and hide my filter intake. I also looked at green Foxtail (Myriophyllum Pinnatum) for this same purpose or perhaps the opposite corner, which I really like, but I have heard that this plant can shed a lot of needles. Another possible background plant is the "normal" Amazon Sword (echinodorus bleheri) but I fear it might be too big for my 29G, and would end up taking over a lot of the space in the tank.
Background or midground: I found some plants that I could use either in the background or, if trimmed, could work midground as well: Mayaca fluviatilis is one, and I actually believe this one does grow in the Orinoco, but may require more light than what I have. Green cabomba (Cabomba Caroliniana) is another one but my light might, again, be an issue. Also, instead of using the larger Amazon sword as background, I could use the smaller echinodorus parviflorus 'tropica' in midground.
Foreground: Here is where I am having a hard time finding suitable plants from South America that woudl work with my light. Byron had earlier suggested Helanthium tenellum and Helanthium bolivianum but I cannot seem to find them in online shops. I saw the Pygmy Chain Sword (Echinodorus tenellus) --is this the same as Helanthium tenellum?-- and stargrass (Heteranthera Zosterifolia) but I believe both might need higher light than what I have.
Floating: I do want to include one floating plant, and I am considering brazilian pennywort. I also know that both Foxtail and the egeria nanas could work as floating plants, right?
Any feedback about plant choices, in terms of suitability for my light and aquascaping (or just aesthetics!) would be most welcome!
Last edited by wgoldfarb; 10-06-2013 at 05:19 PM.
10-08-2013, 09:04 PM #199