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    What did you do with all the trimings? You could try some java fern for a slow growing background plant, always looks good when it fills in (ex george farmer and his love of trident fern)

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    I love your stand, Tom. Very clean. Did you panel it yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    I love your stand, Tom. Very clean. Did you panel it yourself?
    Thanks! Yes, it is just 1/2 birch plywood, painted white and secured with magnets.
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Ok- major work got done over the weekend. Pictures don’t even do it justice, lol.

    Some plant growth has been explosive- particularly the hydrocotyle Japan in the front/top and all of the swords I planted in the back/middle.

    They were completely clogging the swimming lanes around the edges, and the light around the stumps.

    You can see how much is shadowed here:





    So, I basically went through the whole tank and started removing anything that was blocking light to something else, or was placed in the wrong spot because I made a bad decision on the original layout. At least 1/3 of the swords were essentially dead because they were being choked out by the ones around them.

    Also decided to pull all the mini Christmas tree moss. It has never clung to the rocks the way I really wanted, and had begun to rot underneath, causing it to float away and cause problems.

    You can see here where it has all come away from the lava rock:





    I have also sprung several “leaks” of gravel from behind the rock wall, polluting the light colored sand. The cories love to spread it around, so it was time for a sand refresh, too.



    So after lots and lots and lots of trimming and pulling, the whole tank is brighter, and my water flow around the tank is improved, too.







    I also made the pretty bold decision to add a trio of Geophagus to the tank. I have been happy with the Bolivian Rams, but in a tank that size, they do not have the dominating presence I was hoping for. The tank needed a “top fish”. I was thinking about angels, but I have never kept Geos and the tank is set up pretty well for them (especially with the plants thinned out). I have read that they do best in groups of 5+, so I hope 3 will do ok.

    Interestingly- the Bolivians colored up as soon as the Geos were added.



    So, the tank now has a total of: 3 Geos, 5 Bolivian Rams, 7 orange laser corys, 20 serpae tetras, 11 green neons, 20-ish Otos, and a lot of Amanos and nerites... if I have to add 2 more Geos, I think I will still be ok.

    Comments and criticism welcome as always- hope you can see it in person soon!
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Looking great Tom! I'm loving the emmersed growth of H Japan. I had similar situation with min christmas moss on my big tank too. It didn't stick to anything and eventually wound up floating around or inside my canister filter. I recently added phoenix moss and attached it to some lava rocks but I think my places went at it and now the rocks sit bare. Oh well guess I'll try something else. If you have a minimum would definitely make it out to see that tank live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquamaniac View Post
    Looking great Tom! I'm loving the emmersed growth of H Japan. I had similar situation with min christmas moss on my big tank too. It didn't stick to anything and eventually wound up floating around or inside my canister filter. I recently added phoenix moss and attached it to some lava rocks but I think my places went at it and now the rocks sit bare. Oh well guess I'll try something else. If you have a minimum would definitely make it out to see that tank live.
    Thanks!

    I picked up some weeping moss at CK and attached small tufts to the rocks (you can see it in the “after” pictures). We’ll see how it does.

    Really looking forward to the meet on 3/16 for some new potential plants for the emersed sections!
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    ok, I pulled the trigger on 2 more Geo's last night. 2 of the 3 were definitely picking on the smallest one, even with 6 feet of tank to share.

    Hopefully this spreads the aggression out and 5 doesn't overwhelm the tank. So far the are getting along with everyone else- and like I said, the Bolivian rams suddenly got way more color, *and* the laser cories are swimming as a group when they weren't before. Fascinating!
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    That's truly a beautiful tank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeverumKeeper View Post
    That's truly a beautiful tank!

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    Thanks so much!

    Some days I second guess myself because it is not as manicured and “pretty” as most of the tanks here- but when I am sitting in front of it and seeing all the activity, I totally love it.
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by geektom View Post
    Thanks so much!

    Some days I second guess myself because it is not as manicured and “pretty” as most of the tanks here- but when I am sitting in front of it and seeing all the activity, I totally love it.
    For sure -- that's how I feel about my 75, it's a bit messy but wonderful to watch.

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    Lol i think this tank is one of the best ive seen here on scape

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    Your tank is awesome Tom, truly enjoying your progress and love this thread.... thank you for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geektom View Post
    Thanks so much!

    Some days I second guess myself because it is not as manicured and “pretty” as most of the tanks here- but when I am sitting in front of it and seeing all the activity, I totally love it.
    I think most people take photos on the "good days". And tanks can get pretty messy in between! So I think your tank is just as manicured and pretty as the majority I see on here, and better than my own.

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    You guys are really encouraging! Thanks so much!
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by geektom View Post
    Thanks! Yes, it is just 1/2 birch plywood, painted white and secured with magnets.
    I have decided to do exactly the same with my nano. The magnets just make everything better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    I have decided to do exactly the same with my nano. The magnets just make everything better.
    The only downside is if I need to grab something quick, like just a net or something, but for me it is balanced out by the clean look and having it wide open when I need to access the filters.
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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