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    Also, may be hard to see since the wisteria gets kind of whited out whenever I take a picture, but you can see the effects here of using two screw-in type bulbs instead of a long tube. My wisteria definitely grows towards one bulb or another and it doesn't take very long for them to grow and move towards the light source. This plant here in the middle has taken a nice curve. The one on the very right was replanted and since has straightened itself out since it got planted directly under the light.


    Well, that's about it for now, thanks for lookin' .
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    On to day 70 now. Found a new LFS about a 20-25 min drive from the house and picked up a few things. Also did a good amount of trimming and moving a few pieces, though it's not really noticeable.

    Turns out those eggs in the last post were most likely snail eggs that either hatched or got eaten. Probably won't know for awhile. I was thinking of getting rid of the anacharis now too and replacing it with something else bushy. I can't seem to get it back to how I had it in the beginning covering the heater it just keeps growing out the top and I'm getting kind of sick of it. Now that I have a better source of plants, I'll try to get something better for that spot. I also found some red/purple plants that I might get for the 20 gal. when I convert it


    Day 70


    Picture of part of my new lucens plant (Cryptocoryne x willisii "lucens"). Guess I didn't take a good overall picture of them and the lights are already off now. I split the plant up into four or five pieces and spread them out behind my wood piece. I ended up ditching the broad leaf sagittaria that never did too well to put this in its place.


    Picked up two of these little banana plants too. Nothing special, just something different to look at. My duck weed has somehow almost entirely gone away, I didn't think that was possible.
    Last edited by SunSchein89; 04-25-2010 at 08:00 AM.

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    Seems bigger than 10G...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootamonkey2
    Seems bigger than 10G...
    Ha, yeah, since the picture is the same size as most others on here, it's hard to compare it to something else sometimes. Plus, I think how the tank is set up with all of the plants and whatnot helps to create the illusion, but it's definitely a 10 gal; if you took this picture on your screen and enlarged it by like 6 times you would have the dimensions of the tank probably lol.
    Last edited by SunSchein89; 04-25-2010 at 01:49 PM.

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    Looks fantastic SunSchein.

    I read through your progression and got to the part of your frog "humping" your finger and I had a good laugh.

    I hope my tank looks this good when I get it planted-still waiting on my big box of plants...All I have so far is a nice hunk of hornwort that has grown quite a bit this week to my surprise and some java moss. Boring. lol

    I want some dwarf frogs...will they try to eat my cherry shrimp?
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    Tank looks great!.. How important is CO2 for a planted tank..?? Will i get by with just a light..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherH
    Looks fantastic SunSchein.

    I read through your progression and got to the part of your frog "humping" your finger and I had a good laugh.

    I hope my tank looks this good when I get it planted-still waiting on my big box of plants...All I have so far is a nice hunk of hornwort that has grown quite a bit this week to my surprise and some java moss. Boring. lol

    I want some dwarf frogs...will they try to eat my cherry shrimp?
    My frog seems to leave everyone alone, but as you read took quite a liking to me lol. He just kinda hangs out and floats around in funny positions and I can hear him ribbiting when it gets closer to lights out. Very cool addition to a tank IMO. I'm not sure how he'll do with shrimp from experience, but mine has always been peaceful with my stock.

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    Tank looks great!.. How important is CO2 for a planted tank..?? Will i get by with just a light..?
    I don't have any co2 on my tank. Most of these plants are relatively low light plants. I do dose 1 ml of flourish excel 3x a week, which is a form of carbon the plants can use that just stays in the water column. I'm not sure how my tank would have done without it since I have nothing to compare it to, but it definitely hasn't hurt anything. I have heard a few plants can "melt" from dosing excel, but haven't experienced it myself.

    As long as you get the right spectrum lighting and enough wattage to handle the kind of plants you want to get you should be fine. Most common plants you'll find in stores will be good with this kind of lighting, but watch out for ones that are not truly aquatic too.

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    Well it's hard for me to believe that this tank has been up and running for over 3 months now, but low and behold it has. Picked up some new additions at the LFS I had mentioned previously yesterday and I also just got a big thing of hornwort in the mail. I also threw out a good few plants I was getting tired of.


    Day 90

    You can see the hornwort in the back left that replaced my anacharis (finally... I was getting really sick of that stuff); the hornwort had a few brown spots here and there when I took it out as well as a good few dead and loose needles that cluttered up the tank, but overall, I'm happy with how it turned out. Hopefully it will green up again soon.


    Day94

    Now in this one you can see my two new plants in the background. They replaced the two "mystery plants" I had in the back, as well as the Argentine sword I had in a few spots around the tank that never really grew much. So I now have an entirely new background to the tank and am liking the look so far, I just have to see if it will grow nicely and stay green for me. I also took out the little java fern babies I had in my moss that I was contemplating growing out, but changed my mind. Taking a second look at these two pictures, I can already see a good amount of growth on the hornwort, they weren't kidding when they said it grows fast.

    And here's some closeups of the two new plants...





    That's it for now, be back with more updates in the near future.

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    You make a 10 gal. look like a deluxe 30, nice job.

    I also have some argentine sword and when i got it was told it was an annual? Does this mean I will have to replace it or will it repopulate by root division?
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    Nice looking tank.

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