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Old 11-07-2004, 08:59 PM   #11
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This is a 12-gal Eclipse, bowfront, so it is hard to get pics but I will do so soon to show you. It has Endler's livebearers, cherry shrimp and 3 paleatus corydoras - I consider it relatively lightly stocked and though the crypts are not growing like they would in my other tanks they are certainly doing well, and by far the best is the java fern and java moss. I love this tank because it has no algae problems of any kind, which is unusual for me!

I used to grow the same plants in my 55, like Brian, with the standard hood that comes with it 8O and I even grew swords for a time but don't know how they would have done long-term because I switched over to higher lighting because I obviously had too much time on my hands.....

Brian's tank is a testament to all those newbies who claim, "I want to try plants but it is too hard and I'm new to keeping aquariums." You can do it with the right plant and fish choices, and I wish more people would start out with plants in a low-light setup before moving into high light and CO2.
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Old 11-08-2004, 06:13 AM   #12
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Thank you everyone, although I don't think this tank would win any aquascaping contest, I'm very happy with it. All of the plants in this tank have been there for just over 2 years now. They are growing, reproducing, and showing no signs of nutrient dificiencies.

The plants I chose are crypt wendt., java fern, anubias nana, java moss, elodea, and giant sag. There is one amazon sword and is probably a compacta like malkore says.

I don't fertilize this tank at all. I change between 20% and 30% of the water weekly. IMO the tank has reached a kind of balance between the fish and plants to keep the nitrates around 10ppm. That's my take on why this tank is so successful. I use a Fluval 304 cannister and it does an excellent job.

By most standards the tank is overstocked with fish. The main fish are 3 very large black veil angels. In addition there are 4 black skirt tetras, 12 assorted rasbora, 6 pristella tetra, 5 rummy nose tetras, 4 pygmy cory, and an unknown # of otos and kuhli loaches. It just now strikes me as kind of odd that with all my pleco spawns, and discus, I haven't put any in this tank. LOL
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Old 11-16-2004, 12:53 AM   #13
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Very Nice, Brian! Just wondering...Is that a AH Supply 55? I am betting it is. Pretty soon I am going to finally get started on a new 80 gallon. My winter project. I have always wanted some angels. Bob
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Old 11-16-2004, 07:03 AM   #14
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Good guess Bob, but wrong

I did build an AH Supply light kit for my 125 gallon. That left the 2 36 inch strip lights that came with the 125 available to be put to use somewhere else. Even though I'm missing 6 inches of coverage on either end of the tank, the 2 30w bulbs in this strip are ideal for my low light tank.
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Thats why I usually lose $ at poker and never buy lotto tickets. But I may start soon.
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