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Old 07-31-2012, 10:27 PM   #1 
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Please read!!!!!!!!!!!!Planted tank Pics....

So please post pictures of heavily planted tanks!(Plants don't have to be live)
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:07 PM   #2 
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Here is my 55gal NPT soil based heavy planted

A few more

One of the 2gal

A 5gal

The 75gal

One of the 10gal spawning tanks

Another 10gal

Another 10gal

A 2gal

One of the 20gal


More pic of my soil based NPT in my album too
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:26 PM   #3 
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whoa! Thanks, I'm going to be putting some plants into my tank soon and this is awesome thanks!
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:36 PM   #4 
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I cant believe it when i see such tanks. How do you keep em clean already? I couldnt find the heart to even start looking should i needed to check something in there.

Awesome water jungles though. You must be very dedicated and proud.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:58 PM   #5 
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Plants are the greatest water cleaners you can have :) I came home after 6 weeks to find the tank squeaky clean. The snails must have cleared off any unsightly parts of the plants. And in turn their waste products fed the plants :) the plants took all the nutrients out of the water and made it crystal clear
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:04 PM   #6 
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wow that's amazing!
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:11 PM   #7 
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wow that's amazing!
Wow yea.. Absolutely Amazing.. my eyes popped and my mouth dropped.. I couldn't even imagine a 75 gallon
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:13 PM   #8 
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@OFL..what kinds of plants are in the 75G I love how they look.. Very tropical..ahhh:)
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:19 PM   #9 
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OFL, that's the evidence I needed to see. Beautiful looking tanks.

That's the type of environment I think most fish originate from in the wild.

I don't see any reddish type plants. Are the red leaf varieties, that hard to grow/keep alive?

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Old 08-02-2012, 10:04 AM   #10 
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Thank you...

Its not that you can't keep red plants alive it is more due to low to moderate light that can cause the red to fade. Using higher light and injecting CO2 is generally needed to keep reds, purple colored plants that color. With that said, it hard to tell by the pic but in person the tank have a lot more color contrast-the Crypts are a dark bronze color and the Rotala has a pink and gold hue and all different shade of green.

Since these are mature natural planted soil based tanks-they don't need water changes the way non-soil tanks or tanks with or without plants. The soil is alive and then along with the active plant growth-then with the fish, snails and shrimp...Make the soil based NPT as near a complete ecosystem that can be created in a closed system. Everything has a job of sorts....Its a balance.....

Water changes on the large tanks-are 3-4 times a year at most. The 10gal and under do not have filters and are used for spawning so they get more water changes than are needed-water changes are done for fry growth. The 1-3gal tanks get maybe 6 water changes a year-this depends on what I am doing with them.
Since all my tanks are open top for better light penetration to plants-I do have to top off with water on a weekly basis.
Proper lights, color temp, age of bulbs, photoperiod, light penetration are the driving force behind successful planted tanks-without the proper color temp the plants can't photosynthesize.

I don't add any ferts or inject CO2-the tank creates all this on its own from the byproducts produced by the livestock and decomp.

Plants:
Najas indica (naja grass)
Cabomba caroliniana(green)
C. piauhyensis (red)
Vallisneria americana-var Biwanesis
V. gigntea (get over 5ft)
V. spiralis
Sagittaria subulata
S. platyphylla
Ludwigia natans
Rotala indica
Cryptocryne walkeri
Crypt-bronze
C. wendtii
Echinodorus bleheri (amazon sword)
E. ozelot
E. tenellus (chain sword)
Hygrophila dfformis (westeria)
H. corymbosa (giant hygro)
H, siamensis (thin leaf)
Nymphaes stellata (red lily)
Aponogeton ulvaceus
Microsorium pteropus (java fern)
Pistia stratiotes (water lettuce)
Limnobium laevigatum (frogbit)
Lemna minor (duckweed)
Vesicularia dubyana (java moss)
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