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Old 08-21-2006, 03:08 PM   #161
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Whoops! I left my answer at the common name the pet store used, sorry!

Yes, sold to me as Hygrophila corymbosa, common name Temple Plant, at least in this store. Mine appears to grow more tall then wide, and the pictures of V. Compacta I've seen seem to be wider, with more numerous leaves.

The leaves seem shorter and fatter then the "Giant Hygro" V. Siamensis I've seen.

I've have about a V. Siamensis Broadleaf, but haven't seen pictures.

I would guess that it might look a little different due to very low light conditions, but it looks roughly similiar in my high light tank, but since that is my "experimental" grow tank, and isn't even as pretty as the 45H, I'm hesitant to post pictures of it.
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Old 08-24-2006, 02:17 AM   #162
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Here is an updated shot of my main tank. It is a 72 gallon wave front tank with 6x 65watt PC lighting (5.4wpg). One of my ballasts burn out a couple months ago, that 1/3 of my lights. So my growth rates have been slow and I have had real issues keeping the water oxygenated (gasping fish, even though Co2 is barely in the 30's). I ended up adding more surface agitation. This week I got my new ballast in, and am back up to full lighting. A bunch of plants started streaming almost as soon as I turned the full lights back on. Today when I got home, the tank was pearling nicely. In hindsight, I guess that was my real issue in keeping the water oxygenated... more light.

Whole tank - week 21


Left side: I was playing with some color correction masks in my new photo software.


This is an end shot showing mad pearling
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Old 08-24-2006, 02:51 AM   #163
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OMG - Zezmo!!!

That is tank porn!!!

I cannot use enough exclamation points.

DAAAANNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!

That is absolutely one of the most beautiful pearling tanks I've ever seen.
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Old 08-24-2006, 07:56 AM   #164
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Very Very nice Zez........isn't it just so satisfiying when ya plants blow bubbles at ya.
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Old 08-24-2006, 08:12 AM   #165
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Zezmo, that is just stunning. It's not even a tank, it's more like a masterpiece painting! Thanks for the inspiration.
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Old 08-24-2006, 09:16 AM   #166
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Wow, that is an incredible tank. The plant health, colors, textures and arrangement is wonderful. I am not even going to talk about the pearling.
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:49 PM   #167
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Awesome 'scape, lots of rad plant species, fantastic pics, and sweet pearling, Zezmo! We need a bowing smiley on AA...

I hope you're still planning on entering AGA this year, man.

I like that it looks like there's less species in there. Its so much more elegant. Fun to peek around in the pics hunting for stuff, too. Any chance of a high res shot?
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Old 08-25-2006, 01:51 AM   #168
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Thank you very much for the nice words. 8O
I came to AA for some help with my fish, stumbled into this forum, and was inspired by all of your tanks to go planted a year and a half ago. The advice I have gotten here has been invaluable in running my tank..

The number of species is cut back a lot..though, there are still at least 39 species of plants in there. That includes 5 kinds of java fern, 3 kinds of moss, and 6 Echinodorus species.

The lighting issues have left the growth of some species and areas of the tank a lot less than I had hoped for by this time of the year. Like in front center is a future carpet of E. tennellus "Red" that really needs some "nuke" lighting to get it to thicken into a lawn.
However, the AGA convention is held here in the Bay Area this year, (San Francisco) and my wife and I are attending the convention. I am going to enter the AGA with this tank, and my nano. Entering should add a little to the excitement of going there.

My photography is limited in that I only have an older 2 mp camera. The size is only cut in half from the originals for the Internet. I am looking at new cameras right now. The Olympus Sp-350 is what is looking pretty good. It has a nice threaded nose piece and have some nice screw on macro lenses.
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Old 08-25-2006, 08:42 PM   #169
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Wow, what a beautiful tank Zezmo, I love the color combinations, very very nice!
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Old 11-15-2006, 10:17 PM   #170
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ok i had to dig this back up. i know there are new members and i know there are lots of new planted tanks. lets see em!!!!!!! as for people who have posted previously i think a pic of before and now would be awesome. here is my latest pics of my 10 and 20 gal.


and some close ups.






well thats enough showing off for me lol lets se yours now. for those of u who have seen or contributed to this thread i highly suggest scrolling back through the other 6 pages. well worth your time.
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Well mine haven't changed much really...but I'll post updated pictures.

55g planted:

sunset hygro


29g planted:


Both are pretty overgrown with the stem plants. Eventually I'll get tired of them and move stuff around. But for now, I'll leave them like the are. I want to eventually change the 29g over to Eco Complete or something dark/black.

I think my other post is on page 5 or 6...so you can see that not much has changed!

I will be setting up a 38g high tech tank soon, so look forward to pictures of that. I gotta save up some money first though!
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WHOA.... uber thread!!! Nice.

I agree, let's see some more tanks... Before and afters would be very cool.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:38 PM   #173
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8O Holy cr@p! Next tank for me will be planted...

Also, what kind of funktastic camera do you have, mr. funktastic?? What's the optical zoom on that thing?
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Ok, only because you dug it out mr funktastic . Here is my 75 gallon tank:



This is my favorite shot. It is Cabomba palaeformis in the foreground and Limnophila 'green' (Polygonum odoratum) in the background.


I thought this was cool. Sunset hygro during a PWC. (I call this photo: sunset on the horizon)



I will have to take some better shots of my 28 gallon tank for this tread.

EDIT: I guess I could put what I run on the tank. 4 x 32 watt T-8 2 x ODNO bulbs (6700K) ~4 WPG. full EI dosing. pressurized CO2 at 30 PPM
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:51 AM   #175
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Well, I finally made it throught this whole tread. Man is there some nice looking aquariums on these boards. You guys/gals need to update the boards more often. Of coarse now that I have seen what is out there, I now see that I have a lot more work to do. LOL. Good job everybody.
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:47 AM   #177
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My old 180G and my new 80G.

The 80G is only 2 months old. Ive still got lots of planting to do, but I wanted to give the glosso as much room as possible. Still got some hardscape to put in too.
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I really hate you guys. Just when you think your done aquascaping you see this post and bam! You realize you have a lot more more to do. I have to say that looking at your tanks has inspired me to do better. This is my 60 gallon rebuild project. I'm still waiting for the for the ground plants to fill in and have a few gaps here and there in the back ground and middle. This tank is about two months old now. I'm beginning to realize that aquascaping is an on going project that will never end.

Thanks guys.
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This tank is about two months old now. I'm beginning to realize that aquascaping is an on going project that will never end.
It's also an evolving project that gets better and more interesting as time passes.

You're definitely on the right track Docrak......tank looks very nice!
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:52 AM   #180
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OMGOSH WOW! these tanks are AMAZING!!!!!!!! I have spent about the last hour drooling over these pics LOL and I am wondering what A LOT of these plants are! I SOOO Cant wait to get soem plants for the 10gall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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