Jungle tank update!

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  1. kinezumi89

    kinezumi89Fishlore VIPMember

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    Well, I finally decided I was tired of my najas grass var. ZeeZ taking over my shrimp tank. (Take that! :;smack) So I removed all the plants that had rooted themselves, and just left a few floating at the top. I can't get rid of ALL of it, then I won't have any! I also put a few bits in my betta tank.

    Before and after pics! It looks SO much more open. I didn't realize how much najas grass I had! I tossed a wad a bit smaller than a basketball. (Can't think of anything intermediate to a baseball and a basketball haha.) The dwarf sag in the middle is looking a little pale, so I don't think it was getting enough light. Also some of the dwarf sag runners couldn't reach the substrate, so they're just hanging out in the middle of the tank haha. Now I just have narrow-leaf anacharis running around the tank. I really like it, and I also really like the price! It was free :) Hiding in a bunch of hornwort I bought haha. (The hornwort has all since been delegated to the trash.)

    Unfortunately in removing a lot of the najas roots, it pulled up a bunch of dirt. I don't think I'm doing a dirted tank again, this one has been such a pain! If I do, I'll do a sand cap at least. With the gravel, the dirt always seems to sneak through the cracks. So, please excuse the dirt on the terra cotta in the pictures :p (Also sorry about the weird reflection on the right side of the second picture. Those are the LEDs reflecting off the top of the betta tank, onto the shrimp tank. :) They don't seem to mind. ;)
     

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    Looks good with the trimmings.

    So, when are you going to hold an RAOK for your dwarf sags? :) Since you are going to have an RAOK for dwarf sags might as well throw in some hippo grass too.
     
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    When I took rooted najas out of my soil tanks...they were a bit dirty...but settled fast...no matter if it was sand or gravel. Don't give up on soil! Tank looks good :)

    -j
     
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    Nice try ap you're encourageable ;)
     
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    Your tank looks very cool definitly heavily planted :) I've tried to get Najas grass over here but haven't been successful yet thankfully my other plants are filling out nicely so I may not need it after all.
    Good job on the trimming :)
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement guys! A nice winter break project may be taking the gravel out and replacing with sand, maybe leaving the dirt.

    I do have a ton of dwarf sags; the 2.5 is covered, a half dozen or so in the 5.5, and I just put three in the 20 long. Plus dwarf chain swords in the 55! (I like the dwarf sags better though.) Maybe over winter break I'll have a dwarf sag/najas RAOK, but I'm not sure how hippo grass propagates.. ;)
     
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