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post #21 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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look in fantastic! he is gorgeous and looks quite happy in his plants! I really love the unique rocks and geodes you chose in these. the stripes and colors look amazing against the solid substrate.
Thank you Tess for the kind words. At first I was building this tank to house a baby blue mustard gas. he won't arrive for a few more weeks and I really needed to do a complete cleaning of the other tanks. I'm glad I had this started weeks ago and had room to move my boys around.All of them have gotten new tanks and all of them have adapted with no problems. (confused but happy.) Now I still have an empty tank and will start aquaplaning that one this coming week. I read an article in the newest addition of Aquarium Hobbyist about planting the tank rocks and woods with moss. It is done with yogurt. I think I might give it a try. Could be interesting or a complete mess. and I have to find more accent pieces.
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Those pics are great!
And that spotless sand... lovely.

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Those pics are great!
And that spotless sand... lovely.
I have cleaned the third tank that Gilford and Morry were in. The plants were in very bad shape. (most were bunch plants that should never have been planted.) A lot of rotted stems, so out everything came. I took the tank out side today and used a hose on it to clean the sand. Did a bang up job. I then put the filter and heater back in and restarted the cycle.

So what to do with it now. I went to a Rock shop close to home looking for the right accent pieces and boy did I find some very lovely pieces. I bought two pieces of petrified wood for either side of the tank, Three beautiful pieces of Agate. They are larger then the pieces I have in Bee's tank. When I go plant shopping this week I have a total picture in my head as to what I'm going to do. I'll get some pictured up later this week to see what you think.
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So here's the start of the next tank.

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Did you get new sand or start over? I ask because I ignored a tank with white sand and plants (no fish). Haven't started cleaning yet and wondered if white sand stains from the rotted plant material?

I love the rocks/gems. So pretty. That tank is going to pop!

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thank You Russell. I just started over. I used the same sand. My trick to cleaning it is taking it out side and turning the garden hose on it. The water pressure stirs up the sand and brings all the gunk to the top and leave the water overflow the tank until it runs clear. I do this for about 45 min. Then empty the tank of water out side wipe it down and start over. I then start rebuilding from scratch. The last three tanks I've done over three weeks, and the one BEE is in was a new startup.

The last two I've done I saved the filter media and reused it so the cycle time would n't be so long. It has worked out very well for me.

For this tank as far as plants go I'm going with swords, ferns. and mosses. I'm thinking about banana plants also. I will not be putting any bunch plants in this. I'm tired of the hit and miss with them. If they don't have roots they don't go in the tank. As far as larger plants in the background I can use medium to large to do what I need to stem the flow of the filter. This way I won't have to restart a tank or clean it like I've been doing for at least a year.

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Well I did go plant shopping today, Two large Asian water ferns, Two Java Ferns, one Amazon sword, and Three Anubias. ( two of the Anubias are Nanna, One is a Compacta) I still would like to add some moss, but it's hard around her to find any in very good shape lately. So I'll keep looking. Here is what I have so far.

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Lookin' good!

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Looking good! I just bought scarlet temple after your tips and a bunch of banana plants myself. I found a great deal on them on eBay I'll link you. They were ten when I bought them, but still a steal compared to everyone else if you're in the states.
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Thank You Russell for the comment it really does mean a lot.
DaceyJ Thank you also. Have you received the plants yet? I checked the price and it's not a bad price for on line sales. I don't know what the shipping is on them? That's where most sellers on Ebay get you. I have two sources around me here In Oil City, that I go to for plants. In the most cases when I go to the shops they have a very good and healthy selection. I guess This week was not a good week to shop for plants. They had very good rooted plants of which you could tell from the pictures. But their bunch plants were pretty much picked over, and sparse. They really were not up to my standards so I didn't buy.

When I buy plants for my 5.5 gal. I have the planting and position of each plant worked out in my mind. I know how I want it to look. Not only in the tank but the shape of the plant or bunch it's self. So to me if I find the right plant the price is not a stopper. For a bunch of scarlet I usually pay between $2.49 and $2.89 for a bunch of between 10 and 15 stems. For my Banana plants I pay $2.49 each. I see them in other stores like Petco for $9.99 each, this is outrageous in pricing.

I never have bought more than two or three of the same kind of plant for a 5.5 gal. so quantity is not what I'm looking for. I basically look for unique plants that you don't see or can't get easily. ( now don't take offense to this next line because it's a general thought) It's the difference of lighting needs and supplement needs, and knowing the difference of what each plant will need. and the difference between a shop that caters to all facets of the hobby, or the box stores that can't find people that they can train in the proper care of the fish and plants, so they sell only beginner plants.

There have been times when I have paid upwards of $60.00 for a certain plant because of the nature of the plant and how rare it is on the market. ( Plus the fact I was being stupid and only looking at the being rare) And then finding out all the little things I didn't think of in their needs, and loosing the plant months later.

I think you got a good price from the seller. I just hope when you get them they are in the shape he claims them to be. Let me know if they got there safely.
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