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Old 12-09-2006, 03:13 PM   #1
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Blazey's 10gall Planted Journal Log *updated 12/29/06*

well since i have not basicly started-over my 10gall...I desided to do a journal log.... I mean...I have now even changed my subtrate to quarts gravel (like it a lot better)
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rotala indica (sp?)
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Before (right after the new subtrate was added)


After (after I added the plants)


* I still need a LOT more plants LOL *
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Old 12-09-2006, 05:21 PM   #2
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I'll hold you to that promise. Looking forward to it.
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Old 12-09-2006, 05:42 PM   #3
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I'll hold you to that promise. Looking forward to it.
awesome my water is a little cloudy cause I change the subtrate.... but when it clears!
Ok, edited them in
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Old 12-10-2006, 10:33 AM   #4
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ok question..is there to much gravel in there?
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Looks like you may have more than you need, but I am not convinced that there is such a thing as "too much", in terms of a quantity that would become unhealthy for your aquarium. How deep do you figure the substrate in a FW river is?
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hmm...I dont know...4 inches-ish
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Old 12-10-2006, 04:45 PM   #7
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I dont think you have too much gravel. It looks really nice and I think it would make it easier to plant stems, or at least they would hold better.

As for gravel depth in nature...it depends on the river, and what part of the river you are at where the only constant is change!

The gravel in the FW River near my house is quite deep. I dug my substrate directly from the bank during low water last fall, we scraped off the top 4 inches just to get down the the more gravel layer which was about 6 inches deep then there was even deeper layer of course sand....then finer sand under that...then clay under that....I would say the gravel/sand layer was at least 12 inches, maybe more. It made for a very nice natural subtrate with sand and gravel of varying dimensions. The plants seem to love it! I wish I had made mine deeper.

I really like the look of your quarts gravel. It is really beautiful. And your placement is great on what you have in there too at least it looks good to me, I am not expert but I love to see all the different tanks on here, the possibilities are endless!

Your post makes me want to beg harder for a second tank...lol. Perhaps a planned space in my kitchen remodel next year!
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:45 PM   #8
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Thanks so much for the complement
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Yes, that is a lot of gravel but not so much that you cannot be creative with it. You can create some depth perception by creating some hills and valleys and having the appropriate sized plants situated throughout the landscape.

You will definitely need some malaysian trumpet snails to stir up your substrate to avoid those beastly anaerobic gas pockets.

Looks good so far...just need some tall background plants
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Yes, that is a lot of gravel but not so much that you cannot be creative with it. You can create some depth perception by creating some hills and valleys and having the appropriate sized plants situated throughout the landscape.

You will definitely need some malaysian trumpet snails to stir up your substrate to avoid those beastly anaerobic gas pockets.

Looks good so far...just need some tall background plants
thanks! Im still trying to get my hand on some plants and I dont know where to get a malaysian trumpet snail....my LFS's dont carry them ( or at least not that I have ever seen)
thanks for the Idea... I will see what I can do
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and I dont know where to get a malaysian trumpet snail..
Sure you do...a simple request in the Barter/Trade forum will produce some results I'm sure. Just gotta be careful at this time of year with the temps.
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and I dont know where to get a malaysian trumpet snail..
Sure you do...a simple request in the Barter/Trade forum will produce some results I'm sure. Just gotta be careful at this time of year with the temps.
true, but its COLD here...
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Old 12-13-2006, 09:54 PM   #13
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*Update*
December/ 13/ 06

well I have added a few bulb plants (just for now) to help keep the algea down untill I can get some more plants




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Looking better and better!
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Looking Good!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:40 PM   #16
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*update*
12/15/06

Got some rotala wallichii today and it looks relaly nice! my other plants are filling in..and I also got some wysteria from onah! my aponageton (sp) is sprouting flowers as well!

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well any criticism and comments welcome
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Looking good. You have a closer shot of the R. wallichii? Is it the plants that are to the right of the plants in the left corner? How wide is the plant stem with leaves? In the pic, it looks wider, like red foxtail. But a closer shot will help clear them up.
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sure...here I *tired* to get a good pic..hope this helps! my camera is not for aquatic pics LOL

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Bigger pictures! Uhmmm, that's really it. Well and more plants, but I think what you have should fill in pretty nicely. Oh, and you could try and hide the tubing you have there...
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