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Old 05-06-2014, 06:39 PM   #6531
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Went from gravel to sand big project but I love it already still really cloudy. Here's a before and after. Click image for larger version

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Looks goooood!
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:33 PM   #6533
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Looks goooood!

Thank you. I wasn't sure if the white sand would be too bright, but I love it!
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Started operation plant control today. I'm trying some pruning techniques to help encourage healthy, lush, and more compact plants. I'm taking it slow. Today I pruned some dwarf sag and my swords. Tomorrow I'll trim and replant my bacopa australis.
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That looks great!
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:48 PM   #6537
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That looks great!

Thank you. It was a lot of work but totally worth it!!
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Thank you. It was a lot of work but totally worth it!!
Keep an eye on the water params for a couple weeks as you could get a mini cycle from the change from gravel. Looks good!
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Cleaned out the snail bucket and extra plants in 2 buckets. Had received some plants from a swap and they were in the top of the bucket to get the most light. 3 small Echinodorus angustifolia - Vesuvius Sword Which is REALLY fun and interesting, 3 little bitty Blyxa Japonica. Some Riccia or some sort of Crystal Wort the size of a nickle, looks barely alive right now. Not too sure.

But the real fun, was that I kinda forgot that there were 2 Assassin snails which were a bonus, at the time I got them I put them into the bucket with the most pond snails and therefore saved what few reds I had left. They had already gone to town and there were a dozen empty shells of the little guys.

So I picked out tiny snails from the buckets from the size of a pin tip, some newly hatched reds, to mostly babies, but some the size of a dot, to give the snails something to eat, and save the ones I really wanted and it was good to see a few left from one of my original Grand daddy blue grey Ramshorns!

Rinsed and cleaned the plants and moss.

Changed the water for the Betta girls and got all that back into their containers.

Last night the Elephant Ear Betta went to his new home, and the report this morning, was that he was doing fine.

So in the last 2 days, I have emptied and reduced one bucket and the 2.5G mini bowfront. The mistaken male Betta that was in the female Betta cup needs to go back to the store and get exchanged. HE wasn't in the "she" plan and I can't justify another tank for him, he originally killed the 2 lil babies I first had. Sad, but it wasn't his fault he was in the wrong cup.

Here are a couple pics I thought were fun.

The Anubias plant I got from the Colorado Aquarium Society aution had a flower, and this week I found a new bud. The 1st pic is the two together, then the bud and then the flower.







When I fed the fish some sinking wafers and I came back to check on them I found this!



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This little guy was upset the snails had dog piled, urm, snail piled on the wafer, so I had to add a little more.





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Wow! Snail overload! Mine don't seem to be as breeding-happy as yours. Either that or they morphed into pond snails :P
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