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40 breeder #2

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by chillaquaplants, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. chillaquaplants

    chillaquaplants New Member

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    Sorry, no fancy name on this one, I just refer to it as #2. This one of my 40 breeders, originally a grow out tank. I decided to add more light and scape it this time around. I pulled out the Turface I was using and added Flourite black. I really like the dark contrast against the colorful plants. I trimmed a few things way back tonight before I took pictures, so it needs some time to regrow. Currently there are no fish, but I'm thinking of adding a pair/trio of Apistos.

    Flora (not inclusive as I'm sure I forgot some)-
    Blyxa japonica
    Ludwigia senegalensis
    Ludwigia arcuata
    Ludwigia brevipes
    Hygrophila sp. 'Pantanal'
    Hygrophila sp. 'Bold'
    Hygrophila sp. 'Tiger'

    Mayaca fluviatilis
    Rangeri swords
    Flame moss
    Willow moss
    Fissiden fontanus
    Pogostemon stellatus
    Polygonum sp. 'Sao Paulo'
    Rotala sp. 'Green'
    Staurogyne sp.
    Crypt wendtii


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    Critiques/comments welcome.
     
  2. fishman9809

    fishman9809 New Member

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    omg, that tanks looks great, cant wait for filling in, where did you find Hygrophila sp. 'Pantanal'? i have not been ble to find them anywhere
     
  3. andhara

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    Wow...that's a great tank you have...
     
  4. LauraLeeLLBP

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    oOo I recognize that tank!

    I'll be keeping my eye out for when you're ready to do some thinning... one of my other tanks might just be ready by then... :-x

    I think the Blyxa is a bit tall for the very front though- what about on the sides instead?
     
  5. chillaquaplants

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    The Blyxa came as a package with some other plants I really wanted, so it's actually an afterthought. The tank was screaming for something in the foreground and I actually delayed taking photos until I put something there. I'll move the Blyxa around tomorrow. I open to suggestions on other foregrounds to use.
     
  6. chillaquaplants

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    I changed the layout a little by repositioning the wood a little off center and then moved the Blyxa behind the wood. I planted a few sprigs of Lilaeopsis in the foreground. I also added another piece of wood in the back corner for future Apistos to use as a cave. This second piece of wood is positioned in between some Rangeri swords which should provide extra coverage once they grow out.

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  7. chillaquaplants

    chillaquaplants New Member

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    Here's a recent shot of the unknown stem I had floating in another tank. Originally this was very tiny and I wasn't even sure it would grow once buried in the substrate. It is obviously doing very well.

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    I'm thinking a Ludwigia of some type. I'm going to give it some more time to grow before I make a specific ID.
     
  8. John N.

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    The tank is progressing nicely. I like the new arrangement of the right most driftwood. I think the left driftwood piece could be moved towards the center and placed in the midground to balance out the right. Keep up the great work; plants are looking healthy.

    -John N.
     
  9. chillaquaplants

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    Here's another shot of the unknown plant. As it grows bigger, I'm starting to think it may be a sword (?).

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  10. chillaquaplants

    chillaquaplants New Member

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    Just a quick update. Pics don't really show how full this tank has become.

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  11. chillaquaplants

    chillaquaplants New Member

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    Time for a rescape

    I decided it was time for a rescape on this tank. I moved a few things around recently and just couldn't capture the look I was going for, so I tore the whole thing down and started over. This is the second tank I am using AaronT's mineralized soil method. The wood I used in this tank came from a large piece that was originally in my 75 gal tank. I had many comments about removing this piece and sizing it down. It's been sitting on my back porch for a couple months so I decided it was time to use it. I cut just the top portion off to put in this tank. On this tank, I decided to slope the gravel from rear left to front right. I plan on filling in the right side with Blyxa mostly.
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    Current list of plants-
    Blyxa japonica
    Hygrophila sp. 'Bold'
    Ludwigia arcuata
    Ludwigia brevipes
    Ludwigia glandulosa
    Pogostemon stellatus
    Polygonum sp. 'Kawagoneum'
    Rotala sp. 'Green'
    Tonina fluviatilis
    and this unknown plant (this is the same plant from post #7 & 9 on this thread) any ideas?
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  12. Raven

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    Your plant is Alternanthera reineckii. Needs bright light. Nice scape you have there !
     

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