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krt
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Joined: 21 Nov 2006
Location: bedford, virginia

PostPosted: 2008.10.08(Wed)19:39    Post subject: recent tank photos Reply with quote

Hi-- here's some (shoddy) pics of my 3 planted tanks. Someday soon I'll take some better pics as I don't think these do the tanks justice...

10 gal (this photo came out particularly terrible..)


29 gal.. this is the tank my Tiger barbs bred in. sorry for the reflection.. I've got to figure out how to do this better;)

this is a pic from when it was first setup in the current config.. as u can see it's turned into a jungle


46gal tiny pic -'cause either me or my camera stink at taking pics

and here's an older one.. the moss has taken over along with bba (which I actually think looks nice)
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LordVolker
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Joined: 05 Oct 2008
Location: Minnesota

PostPosted: 2008.10.08(Wed)19:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice, very nice, I love the forest in the 29 gal

and with the moss, my brother has two bogwood pieces, average size, were completely taken over by java moss, ate his 3 female bettas, yes, ate them, the wood was gone at this point, well we cleaned the tank because it hasent been cleaned at all for a few months at this point, found the bogwood, and the brave little khuli loach who I bet was mad because of his home was destoryed, imagine swimming around in the moss, inside the bogwood, awsome
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Location: bedford, virginia

PostPosted: 2008.10.10(Fri)10:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 6 dwarf chain loaches in the 46 (with the moss wall). I only ever see 3 at a time as they spend so much time in all the little crevices!
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Joined: 16 Jun 2008
Location: Timaru [New Zealand} South Island

PostPosted: 2008.10.10(Fri)18:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Your tank look great. Your Sword look great.
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Trill the man
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Joined: 06 Feb 2003
Location: Daventry, Northants, England

PostPosted: 2008.10.11(Sat)6:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about the look of the 46gal, the slightly more unruliness has an attractive appeal about it. Will certainly improve when those swords grow like the ones in the 29gal Cool . Is that a moss wall I spy in the back right?
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krt
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Joined: 21 Nov 2006
Location: bedford, virginia

PostPosted: 2008.10.11(Sat)8:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi and thanks for the compliments. The 46 has a "moss wall" across the entire back ..when I get the time I will take a better pic. As far as those amazon swords getting as large as the one in my 29.. It'll never happen, there just isn't enough light coming into that tank.. those swords were merely baby plants I didn't know what to do with. The sword in the 29, I'm planning on putting that in my 55 once it gets set-up, it has grown far too large for that tank.. though I'm sure it will look empty once it's gone.

K
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PostPosted: 2008.10.15(Wed)21:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

as promised, here's a better one of my 10gal.


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PostPosted: 2008.10.16(Thu)16:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicely planted tanks you've got there Kurt. I like the red lilly especially...what's the scientific or common name for it? I want to get some of those as well Rolling Eyes

Cheers, Ernie
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krt
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PostPosted: 2008.10.16(Thu)18:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ernie- thanks for the compliment. It is a Rubra Water Lily (Nymphaea sp. "rubra") http://www.aquahobby.com/garden/e_rubra.php

The red coloration comes from flavenoids which are triggered by ultraviolet light, so consider that when choosing light bulbs. I have two of these lilies, one in my 10 gal one in my 29, the 10 has 4wpg (CF daylight bulbs) and you can see how well the coloration has developed, the lily in the 29 (less than 2wpg, T8's) has much less red to it.

That said, there are plenty of other lilies to pick from that look nice.. check out austinv's post in the photo album forum, he has a "tiger lotus" that is beautiful. There is also a green variety that is pictured in the "garden" section of AOA under "tall plants". IME lilies are very easy to grow with a nutrient rich substrate or at least the addition of tab fertilizers. Often times you can buy a package of dry bulbs which you then soak until they sink and then plant, other times you can find budding bulbs for sale. Make sure you place them where you want to keep them because their root system will spread across your entire tank.

Kurt
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