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Randyk47 said:
I noticed you mentioned being concerned that maybe this thread was not interesting or worthwhile. I hadn't commented before, kind of like talking about somebody else's wife or girl friend, but I had a bit of "tank envy". So much so that it caused me to re-evaluate my main tank and do or at least start some interior decorating. Anyhow, thanks for sharing your tank....fantastic.
Thank you Randyk

I have been known in the past to ramble on a bit (part of being a semI driver ;D) I am glad this is not one of those times. When you finish the redecorating, it would be great to see some photos. I am always looking to better my game, and learn from others.
 

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Thank you Randyk

I have been known in the past to ramble on a bit (part of being a semI driver ;D) I am glad this is not one of those times. When you finish the redecorating, it would be great to see some photos. I am always looking to better my game, and learn from others.
Right now I'm looking for the right major decoration, some kind of center or main piece like your dragon. Looked yesterday at the LFS and saw a thing or two but nothing that was unique or unusual. Been looking around and just haven't found that right piece that is attractive and, of course, safe to have in an aquarium. Of course I'll have to figure out live plants one of these days. Forty five years on and off in the hobby and that's one aspect I've never really figured out. :-\
 
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Right now I'm looking for the right major decoration, some kind of center or main piece like your dragon. Looked yesterday at the LFS and saw a thing or two but nothing that was unique or unusual. Been looking around and just haven't found that right piece that is attractive and, of course, safe to have in an aquarium. Of course I'll have to figure out live plants one of these days. Forty five years on and off in the hobby and that's one aspect I've never really figured out. :-\
I would recommend the Anubis. There several very cool types that are easy to grow. Also the java ferns, and there is a fern that I found at PetCo a few months ago that is growing nicely in all of our tanks. I just do not know its name. You do not need root tabs with these as they are leaf feeders. I use Flourish Excel to feed them every day.

This fern is about 5" tall.
 

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Thunder could you take/post pic straight down on the Java Fern Leaves please? I may be able to help you with a name.
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Thunder could you take/post pic straight down on the Java Fern Leaves please? I may be able to help you with a name.
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Sure will, I have one that likes to wonder around the tank. I'll get some shots of it this weekend
 
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An otto taking care of one of the lace plants.

Been having trouble getting crisp shots of late. I have an appointment with the eye Dr. Monday.
 

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I had only seen the very beginning of this thread a while ago, but as I was scrolling through looking at the pictures I was like "WOW!!!"

This tank is a spectacular work of art. You should be proud of yourself! And your fish photography skills are stunning!

You have done an amazing job. I. Love. It. And I really, Really REALLY want angels now...
 
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Lilibeth_Seasong said:
I had only seen the very beginning of this thread a while ago, but as I was scrolling through looking at the pictures I was like "WOW!!!"

This tank is a spectacular work of art. You should be proud of yourself! And your fish photography skills are stunning!

You have done an amazing job. I. Love. It. And I really, Really REALLY want angels now...
Thank you Lilibeth_Seasong

I am glad you like the thread. Angels have been my favorite fish for a very long time. I have started some big changes that I think will really be nice. I removed the upper shelf and plan to return the 6 year old Anubis to the tank. It is growing right out of the 37 gal tank it is in
 
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Ok, as I said in the above post I was going to make some changes to the 44. I moved the Anubis back to the 44. It was interesting. When I took ahold of the Anubis to move it, and gave a gentle tug it came free from the point that the baby was growing. It seems that the baby wanted to stay in the tank. It is about 5" tall and growing like a weed The ottos have got the diatoms under control, and should be turning their interest to the algae on the Anubis next. The hair grass did not survive so you will notice that is not in the tank. We are at a 50% loss of the plants from Live aquaria (if you count raw numbers instead of the types it is 90%), I am not at all impressed. But the Madagascar lace plants are thriving so it is not all bad

I am still waiting for the babies tears to come in as well as the half banded kuhlis.

You can see spike in the Ram tank flirting with Fred. The black lace vail took ill last week. We put him in the hospital tank. He lived 5 days and died yesterday
 
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Sorry it took so long to get the photo of the fern up Carol. This is a quick grab shot no flash.

 

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Thunder_o_b said:
Ok, as I said in the above post I was going to make some changes to the 44. I moved the Anubis back to the 44. It was interesting. When I took ahold of the Anubis to move it, and gave a gentle tug it came free from the point that the baby was growing. It seems that the baby wanted to stay in the tank. It is about 5" tall and growing like a weed The ottos have got the diatoms under control, and should be turning their interest to the algae on the Anubis next. The hair grass did not survive so you will notice that is not in the tank. We are at a 50% loss of the plants from Live aquaria (if you count raw numbers instead of the types it is 90%), I am not at all impressed. But the Madagascar lace plants are thriving so it is not all bad

I am still waiting for the babies tears to come in as well as the half banded kuhlis.

You can see spike in the Ram tank flirting with Fred. The black lace vail took ill last week. We put him in the hospital tank. He lived 5 days and died yesterday
Like, like, like!!!

As for the hairgrass, I believe we are using the exact same led lighting system, and I have planted hairgrass too. At first, I split (splat?!? Mouhahaha... I love inventing irregular verbs!!!) the hairgrass pot into 6 bunches. Result: 2/3rds of it got brown and died!

So I unplanted everything, picked the live strands, one by one, mind you, and plant it all (was not much left) again, in 8 tiny bunches!

Well, 2 weeks later, IT IS GROWING!

3/4ths have survived, and I get lots of new shoots. By now, the total hairgrass stock has almost doubled!!!

I am soooo glad... That I tend to stare at it to see it grow with my own eyes!

I guess it was a matter of splitting the bunches more, to let them breathe, and being patient!!!

Still your tank looks much more established than mine!

And I abolutely LOVE IT!!!
 
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Like, like, like!!!

As for the hairgrass, I believe we are using the exact same led lighting system, and I have planted hairgrass too. At first, I split (splat?!? Mouhahaha... I love inventing irregular verbs!!!) the hairgrass pot into 6 bunches. Result: 2/3rds of it got brown and died!

So I unplanted everything, picked the live strands, one by one, mind you, and plant it all (was not much left) again, in 8 tiny bunches!

Well, 2 weeks later, IT IS GROWING!

3/4ths have survived, and I get lots of new shoots. By now, the total hairgrass stock has almost doubled!!!

I am soooo glad... That I tend to stare at it to see it grow with my own eyes!

I guess it was a matter of splitting the bunches more, to let them breathe, and being patient!!!

Still your tank looks much more established than mine!

And I abolutely LOVE IT!!!
Thank you Monsieurp
I really appreciate the tips on the hair grass, I will see if I can find some around here, and try it again.
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And how in he world is it not in the aquarium f the month ontest?

Uhhhhh?!?
May be when it is done
 

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The tank looks awesome Thunder!!
Wish my aquascaping skills were 1/2 as good.
 
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That is
Bolbitis heteroclita
Thank you for the ID Carol Is it as prolific as the other java ferns? We have them in all the tanks now. They all seem healthy, but are not really growing all that fast.

EDIT: I just looked it up. They say it is a very slow grower, and is one of the more difficult plants to grow in the aquarium. So I guess I should be happy that they are all still alive after a month and are sprouting new leaves
 

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Thank you for the ID Carol Is it as prolific as the other java ferns? We have them in all the tanks now. They all seem healthy, but are not really growing all that fast.
This is not a type of Java Fern but a type of Bolbitis Like all the plants I've grown with Rhizomes it seems to be a slow grower.

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It really is looking pretty. And I'm sorry about the Black Angelfish.
Thank you tropicalfishlover

Loosing the black was a shock. It was old enough that I thought it was safe…Guess not.
 
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One of the blacks swam to the front of the tank long enough for me to get a shot. Not as pretty as the half banded but still kind of cute.

 

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I have some of those and love them They mix well with the banded ones too.
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I still have a bit, actually quite a bit, of tank envy. I'm even thinking that once I finish the renovation/redecorating of the main tank downstairs I'll change the upstairs office tank over to angels. I'd kind of forgotten how beautiful and almost majestic they can be. I also have to add my condolences at the loss of your black.

I did notice you have an airline running down the back left side of the tank. I'm guessing that's to provide the bubbles apparently coming from the dragon's mouth? Anyhow, one of the things I've gone to is using rigid pipe to run my airlines down the walls in my tanks. Really came about because my pleco in my old chiclid tank was kind of a bulldozer around the tank and was forever moving the flexible tubing around to the point of even pulling it out of the suction cup holders. Even with the rigid pipe she'd still dislodge it occasionally but I've found it easier to put back in place with the pipe. I've also discovered the rigid pipe is a lot easier to put under the gravel and have it stay put. The stuff is inexpensive, like $1.50 for three feet, so not a big investment and it cuts easily with a utility knife.
 
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Butterfly said:
I have some of those and love them They mix well with the banded ones too.
Carol
they are coming out more often. It is funny to watch them play in the air bubbles.

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I still have a bit, actually quite a bit, of tank envy. I'm even thinking that once I finish the renovation/redecorating of the main tank downstairs I'll change the upstairs office tank over to angels. I'd kind of forgotten how beautiful and almost majestic they can be. I also have to add my condolences at the loss of your black.

I did notice you have an airline running down the back left side of the tank. I'm guessing that's to provide the bubbles apparently coming from the dragon's mouth? Anyhow, one of the things I've gone to is using rigid pipe to run my airlines down the walls in my tanks. Really came about because my pleco in my old chiclid tank was kind of a bulldozer around the tank and was forever moving the flexible tubing around to the point of even pulling it out of the suction cup holders. Even with the rigid pipe she'd still dislodge it occasionally but I've found it easier to put back in place with the pipe. I've also discovered the rigid pipe is a lot easier to put under the gravel and have it stay put. The stuff is inexpensive, like $1.50 for three feet, so not a big investment and it cuts easily with a utility knife.
Thank you randy, it was sad to loose the black. I was never able to get a good shot of him.

Good luck with your projects. Yes the blue air line is for the dragon. I am hoping that the java ferns will cover all the pluming when they have grown in.
 
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Fred and Ginger have spawned again. It seems that it was Fred that was eating the eggs. This time Ginger won't let him near the eggs. There are a lot of un fertilized eggs. The good eggs should hatch in a day or two.

 
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Fingers crossed this time!
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They spawned in a good spot for photographs. I hope to have some really good shots to share in the coming days.
 

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I can't wait for you to get close shots of wigglers. They are extremely hard to get details of. Carol
 
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I can't wait for you to get close shots of wigglers. They are extremely hard to get details of. Carol
Well, it happened again. I left the room for a few min and the eggs are all gone. There were a few that had hatched too. This is really getting to me. I never had a pair of angels that would eat every spawn with no real threat in the tank. This is the forth spawn (that I know of) that has been eaten.

I got this shot right before they were eaten. Not really a good shot. But you can see that the eggs have started to hatch.
 
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tropicalfishlover said:
I know this thread is kinda old but have they had another spawn?
No, but the two baby marbles in there with them are coming of age. Will be interesting to see how things develop.
 

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I am not sure how I just saw this thread for the first time today but I am in awe!!! What a beautiful tank you have created. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us so that we can drool over them (I'm pretty sure I'm not just speaking for myself here!). I hope you keep updating this thread!
 
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I am not sure how I just saw this thread for the first time today but I am in awe!!! What a beautiful tank you have created. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us so that we can drool over them (I'm pretty sure I'm not just speaking for myself here!). I hope you keep updating this thread!
Thank you mrHDpants

It has been an interesting process.
 

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