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    Beautiful. I won't bother bringing any H. japan to the Lotus meeting, LOL!

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    Added air plants to the emersed sections for some visual appeal.



    Stems are filling in nice and dense like I wanted- I can never seem to trim them to they are arranged in neat rows, with the tops all even and in top shape at the same time, though.

    Such a busy tank- fish are in the way in every picture, lol

    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    what lucky fish, to have so much room to swim in. The air plants look great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayo View Post
    what lucky fish, to have so much room to swim in. The air plants look great.
    Thanks, Jayo- it is really fun to sit and watch the tank- they come swimming in from all directions!
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Beautiful tank, are you going to put any house/bog plants out of the top?

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    geektom's 135 gallon adventure

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    Beautiful tank, are you going to put any house/bog plants out of the top?
    Thanks! I am trying. Kole gave me a few, but I havenít been able to get them to thrive. So far the only thing that is growing well is some moss and the Hydrocotle Japan, and surprisingly, some bacopa that I just stuck in the top.

    I would love to find some ferns that will attach to the wood, but I havenít found any yet.


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    Is it weird that I like the way it looks when the lights are dimming?

    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Is looking great

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    This is stunning! I like the flush white look of the grind stand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by geektom View Post
    Is it weird that I like the way it looks when the lights are dimming?

    I feel exactly the same when my lights are at the lowest settings towards the end.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aquamaniac View Post
    This is stunning! I like the flush white look of the grind stand.


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    Thanks! It is one big panel secured by magnets.
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    Check out who visited the big tank today!

    I donít know if it flew in from the outside? Hatched in the tank somehow??

    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Wherever it came from, it is certainly a beautiful photo. Looks freshly hatched. I used to get them as hitchhikers on cabomba i ordered online from Florida.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    Wherever it came from, it is certainly a beautiful photo. Looks freshly hatched. I used to get them as hitchhikers on cabomba i ordered online from Florida.
    That is what I was thinking- it may have been hanging in the tank since I received some ambulia about two weeks ago.


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    Google leads me to believe this is an Orange Meadowhawk, which can be found all over the US
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    Quote Originally Posted by geektom View Post
    Google leads me to believe this is an Orange Meadowhawk, which can be found all over the US
    Yes indeed.

    Screenshot_20190124-185027.jpg

    They don't care for Brits or Columbians. Or British Columbians
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    Pretty photo. Dragonfly nymphs (the larval stage) are supposed to be killers. I know they'll go for fish fry. Probably not a culprit on your snails, though.

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    Wow!!! Tom thatís so sick! Itís literally nature in that room... Tank is looking amazing man! please post videos of the fish swimming about! That would be awesome


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    The back of the tank is a mess right now, but it is pretty the way sunlight filters in through it in the morning:

    http://youtu.be/8w53QoPAXIU
    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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    Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

    A few updates on the tank. Still enjoying the heck out of it, but it hasnít been perfect.

    For one thing, the big brace in the middle continues to be a big pain in the booty. Choosing fast growing stems underneath it was a bad choice.

    3 weeks without trimming and it is out of control.





    So, rather than continue to fight a losing battle, I am pulling it all out today.

    Also doing a very aggressive (90%) trim (yank) of the hydrocotyle Japan- I love it, but it has completely blanketed every thing around it.





    After pulling out all the overgrowth, the anubias petite are all fine, but looks like I have lost all the mini-Christmas moss that was shadowed by the h. Japan and stem plants.

    I have also lost all the moss on the right side- just not enough light. So I have a lot of bare rock now. Maybe I will look for some anubias ďgoldenĒ or lighter buce instead.



    So for now I am only keeping the ludwigia repens for some easy red, and some cardinal plants in the back. Both are (relatively) slow growers. Not sure what I should put in the center. Maybe a display-level sword, or a slower stem that is not as demanding, like ludwigia ovalis or something.

    Open to any suggestions!



    I am an old dog trying to learn some new tricks...

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