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Old 03-22-2013, 04:50 AM   #1 
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NPT Journal: Three Cubes

A little while back, I decided that as much as I love polished, deliberate-looking things normally, the look of NPTs did something awesome for me visually despite it going totally against the norm for my usual tastes, and I should probably attempt one. Or three. And today I finished them.

Yesterday my partner and I went on some epic missions to procure everything we needed that we didn't already have: 3 x 30cm cube tanks (7 gallon capacity), 36" Hagen T5HO light (6700k), Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix, sand - we ended up with really tiny diameter gravel, and more plants.

Including the full day of fetching, running around all parts of the city, and the entire day's work today, it's been a very, very long 36 hours. But I'm super-happy. Anyway, I'll just list the plants and get on with posting the photos, hahaha.

  • Frogbit
  • Water Sprite
  • Bacopa Caroliniana
  • Hygrophila difformis
  • Hygrophila polysperma
  • Lilaeopsis macloviana (I think)
  • Pink rotala
  • Susswassertang
  • Anubias nana petite
  • Anubias nana
  • Abubias barteri (I think, one of the larger-leafed ones anyway, haha)
  • Willow moss
And a couple of others I can't ID that my boyfriend brought home after being sent on a mission for more stems while I organised substrate, haha. I'd sent him with a list, but they didn't have any more wisteria, so I just used what I had already, and marveled at these lovely red plants he'd brought me. Can anyone tell me what they are? Apparently the dude at the shop said they'd do well under the lighting we bought, but I'd like to be sure.

The totally unexciting in-progress shots, the two I got before deciding I needed to stop fluffing about and just work solidly:

And these are from a few minutes ago, when I finally recovered enough from all the work enough to snap a few dodgy photos:

The plant I'm having a lot of trouble ID-ing:

I'll post updates when stuff happens, haha. Hopefully all goes well and I'll be able to update regularly. I'm more than a little excited. >.< Perhaps it's a little foolhardy of me to attempt this without much experience, and only a bunch of reading under my belt, but yahh...

Many thanks to everyone who's given me advice about plants up until now, it's been very much appreciated.

EDIT: Ooh ooh, forgot to add, I put some of that frosted "privacy film" behind and between the tanks, so that when the middle tank is inhabited they hopefully won't see each other. They'll see movement, but it's very difficult to make anything out clearly, and hopefully the placement of the stems in the outer two tanks will help as well. ^.^

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Old 03-22-2013, 05:07 AM   #2 
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This is so beautiful! You did an amazing job. I love the privacy film!

Super gorgeous fish too.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:20 AM   #3 
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Thank you muchly! ^.^
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:44 AM   #4 
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love your tanks

Love love your tanks......the natural settings are so much more appealing. Also I am now trying the sponge filterz and much prefer them....
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:11 AM   #5 
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They look awesome...Great work and I can't wait to see them grow in
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:17 AM   #6 
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Looks stunning!
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:45 PM   #8 
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lovely tank^_^

the red plant....look up rotala macrandra and compare.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:39 PM   #9 
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Nice set up. I have three 40 litre cubes at the moment for my guys and just about to add a 4th one on a new stand with hopefully a 80 litre sorority tank underneath.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:02 PM   #10 
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That looks gorgeous!

I agree with Aokashi - looks like macranda, which needs high light.

Allan47, your tanks are super lovely too!
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