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Old 05-24-2014, 04:06 PM   #1
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Plant ID / Rate my tank?

Ok, plant 1st
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Plant ID / Rate my tank?

What type of the plant is the first shown? EDIT-Oh sorry I read right over that. It's nice tho.
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:15 PM   #3
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Idk. I'm asking lol
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:27 AM   #4
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The plant looks like it might be Moneywort (Bacopa monnieri). I have some in one of my tanks.
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:06 AM   #6
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I'm bad with numbers but I will provide comments. Very natural; I like the materials used and the "island oasis" effect in the desert (not sure if that is what you were going for). The plants in pics 1 & 2 look like a species of hygrophilia. Try raising the water level to the lower edge of the rim. I am OCD about that but it prevents the shine from the light. Btw is that a CFL bulb in a dome style lamp? Take pics at night to reduce background glare.
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:11 AM   #7
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Yes, fresh it actually is! Lol saves me money x)
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You could always add a second CFL clamp on fixture as needed; I picked up a pair with 13w bulbs for $20-25.
An Amano shrimp will do a decent job turning over the top layer of sand as u grazes for algae. If you are not opposed to snails then netrites or Malaysian trumpets snails might be an option; both have their pluses and minuses.
Another relatively fast growing easy plant is Bacopa caroliniana. That would look nice as a background plant behind the island.
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I have 3 lamps, but they have like office bulbs so I'm hesitant on using them...
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Also I'm getting more neons, rummies, and also getting a breeding pair of GBR this Friday! (ordered them). Would the rams eat the shrimp? I have 5 cories, always hiding x)
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Will the GBR be OK in my tank? My tank is 2 ish months old, and my rummy's nose are bright, bright red.
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Rams eat shrimp.

I dont t think the rams will do that great in your tank as they like cover and heavy planted environments.

Your tank looks super bare and lacks dept. You should add more plants and more hardscape.

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Rams eat shrimp.

I dont t think the rams will do that great in your tank as they like cover and heavy planted environments.

Your tank looks super bare and lacks dept. You should add more plants and more hardscape.

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Oh. Well, I do I have a BUNCH of rocks and such. I've already ordered the rams, but I've got some java moss, infinite rocks (live by a creek), and a huge thing of java fern (lace)Click image for larger version

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I have 3 lamps, but they have like office bulbs so I'm hesitant on using them...

Can you describe the bulbs? Are the round/oval shaped? U-shaped? If they are regular incandescent bulbs then you can swap them out with the twisty shaped CFLs.
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They are all CFL (The twisty ones)
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They are all CFL (The twisty ones)

Okay. The bulbs themselves might list the wattage and color temperature. Home Depot, Lowes and other stores carries the 13w and 23w 6500k CFLs. The size/depth of the dome will dictate which ones you can use. I've found that with the 5.5" clamp on dome lamp that the 13w bulbs were fine but the 23w bulbs were too big. With the 8.5" domes either bulb fits fine.
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Ok! I added all the rocks and stuff... What do you thinK??Click image for larger version

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Ok! I added all the rocks and stuff... What do you thinK??Attachment 238465Attachment 238466

Really cannot tell. Take pics at night so that there is no glare or interference from the light coming in through the windows.
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Sorry about pics. I will get some tomorrow night, auto timer sucks,
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