My first try at a planted aquascape

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I've taken my first shot at a planted aquascape. Tell me what you think!

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nice~ specs?
 

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wow, very nice!
 

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excellent job!
 

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gorgeous tank! ;D love the  way you landscaped with the plants and wood! btw.. anyone know what the fish species is of the ones in the second photo that have the wide black stripes and red fin and mouth? they are kewl!! also that bluish looking one in the top photo? very nice!  ;D
 

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Oooh, it's beautiful!!
 

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Very nice work! Want some photo's as it fills in some . That should really be nice.

Capekate the striped ones look like Tiger Barbs, and the blue one looks like it is actually a Green Tiger Barb. At least thats as best I can tell from that distance.
 
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capekate said:
gorgeous tank! ;D love the way you landscaped with the plants and wood!
Thanks!

capekate said:
anyone know what the fish species is of the ones in the second photo that have the wide black stripes and red fin and mouth? they are kewl!! also that bluish looking one in the top photo? very nice! ;D
Luniyn is right. The striped ones are Tiger Barbs. The bluish looking one is actually greenish , and is an Emerald Barb. Same fish as the Tiger Barb, but greenish black in color.
 
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SoErique said:
nice~ specs?
Thanks. See my signature for tank specs. I retrofitted my Eclipse 2 hood with a 55 watt PC unit and high efficiency reflector from AH Supply (see my thread on this mod here: ). I am injecting CO2 with a DIY yeast reactor (soon to be a pressurized system) and a power head. Last time I measured, my parameters were:

Temp: 81F
pH 6.5 (measured at the end of the lighted day)
Total Alkalinity: 120 ppm
Total Hardness: 120 ppm
KH: 4
GH: 7
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20 ppm
Calculated CO2 value: 30 ppm
 

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Wow.. tiger barbs! I shouldve known, for some reason the red threw me off. Or it was all the wide stripes. Whatever it was.. they are gorgeous fish! ;D
I love the barbs, but cant introduce them to my community tank <sigh>.... Emerald barb... <sighing again..> what a cutie pie!
maybe some day.. another tank! lol....I can wish eh?
Anyway.. let me say again... GREAT lookn' tank! Nice job! ;D
 
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I love the barbs, but cant introduce them to my community tank <sigh>....
I heard that from some people too. However, others insisted that if you get a group of 5 or more Tiger Barbs, they pretty much keep to themselves. That has been my experience (I started out with 5, but one died -- could have been from age, as I bought him full grown). My Barbs are constantly darting around the tank and confirming the pecking order within their group, but they have never nipped any of my other fish. They seem to nip amongst themselves occasionally, but they don't seem to do any damage. They have never bothered my little black Angels with all their ample finnage.

They really are beautiful and very entertaining fish.
 

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Adam T said:
capekate said:
I love the barbs, but cant introduce them to my community tank <sigh>....
I heard that from some people too.  However, others insisted that if you get a group of 5 or more Tiger Barbs, they pretty much keep to themselves.  That has been my experience (I started out with 5, but one died -- could have been from age, as I bought him full grown).  My Barbs are constantly darting around the tank and confirming the pecking order within their group, but they have never nipped any of my other fish.  They seem to nip amongst themselves occasionally, but they don't seem to do any damage.  They have never bothered my little black Angels with all their ample finnage. 

They really are beautiful and very entertaining fish. 
thanks Adam~
that seems to be what my group of tetra's do. They hang out together, swim around and chase each other, but leave all the others alone. And you say that they get along with your angels too. thats encouraging, some day I would like to have angels, but feel right now I am at the limit for my 29 gallon tank, but someday... I would like to add those barbs. We ( my husband and I) really do like them alot. They are gorgeous fish IMO. ;D
 

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Bravissimo!


have you looked up pictures of tanks done by Takashi Amano? If you appreciate the aesthetic value of a planted tank, get ready for some eye candy


I can only hope to aspire to what you've achieved



Ashley
 
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Bravissimo!

have you looked up pictures of tanks done by Takashi Amano? If you appreciate the aesthetic value of a planted tank, get ready for some eye candy

I can only hope to aspire to what you've achieved

Ashley
Wow, thanks very much! I Googled Takashi Amano. Thanks for turning me on to his work. Unbelievably beautiful tanks and photos. A real inspiration. Thanks again.
 

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Fishface said:
Bravissimo!
have you looked up pictures of tanks done by Takashi Amano? If you appreciate the aesthetic value of a planted tank, get ready for some eye candy
I can only hope to aspire to what you've achieved
Ashley
His works are impressive - many, many long hours of work in each photo.
 
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Have you all seen this: http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2006.cgi

What beautiful planted tanks! Makes me feel like the rank amateur that I am. It inspires me to start a new planted tank in my office and really do it right this time, planning a planted tank from the start, rather than the retrofitted, "use what I have" tank that I have pictured in this post. Bigger, shorter, proper substrate, proper light, etc. All I can say is "wow," I'm hooked and inspired by how pretty these tanks can be. IMHO, freshwater planted tanks are even more pretty than saltwater reef systems, which is the other kind of tank I am considering for my new office.
 

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!! I agree! A well done fresh planted tank is amazing. It's so cool how so much of it is based on the Zen Buddhist philosophies of wabi sabi, too. But I'll let you look that up if you care, too.


Yes, I've frequented that site. It's amaaaaaazing.

"If I were a rich girl"
 
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