A new day’s 1,5m

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  1. Zuraki

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    My pond will fall far short of yours :lol:! I will start a thread on it as soon as my work demands die down a bit. Will let you know.

    My 3 foot tank only contains the plants at this stage. I dont really do any maintenance on it. I wanted to let the plants get established on their own. There is no filter or air stone in this tank. The tank sits just out of reach of direct sunlight but does receive a lot of diffuse light throughout the day. I dont measure temperature in the tank and only do top up's for evaporation losses. It's just an experiment that I started on an old scratched tank for fun. Nothing close to the majesty of yours. It is standing right beside my pond. The initial idea was to use the pond as a sump and then have various out door tanks with a single pump supplying them. The water return would be through a pvc auto-siphon. But I havent gotten that far yet.
     
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    A week or two ago I ripped out the cyperus nana that were growing so leggy. Last week got hygrophila pinnatifida cuttings from @Hendre (thanks again!) and zip tied some to the driftwood just below the surface. The hope is that it will grow emersed, seems to be working. Tried the plant in the jungle tank last year with no success but hopefully will have access to atmospheric CO2 so close to the surface.

    Got a huuuge Anubias from @J’den (thanks again!) in the left back corner, hoping to convert it to emersed growth as well, fingers crossed! @J’den you‘ll notice I did a massive trim and duckweed removal today :lol:

    Anyhow, let’s track the growth.

    The apisto male was absolutely torn between the snack and the female just now :lol: life’s tough @Chandz :lol:

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    Definitely filled in a fair amount! Looks great.
    I also battled with Hygrophila pinnatifida, although only tried it in my smallest 20l tank which tends to amplify any plant growth characteristics. Most things work or don't, with little inbetween.
    One thing I picked up at some point - I had a bit of anubias growing up and almost out of another tank on some wood. I added some pothos offcuts just where that emersion was occurring, and they ended up appearing as the same plant, so similar were the leaves in shape and size.
    Might work here or there in one of your setups at some point?
     
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    Thanks @Cale24 yes good idea to add pothos :thumbup: think it should work well tumbling out of the tank.
     
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    Looks stunning already!!
     
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    Thanks @MariaS :)
     
  8. Zuraki

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    Wow that's no longer an aquarium, that's art!
     
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    Glad you like it :thumbup:
     
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    Both your tank and Apistos are looking awesome! Great job

    Sent from my SM-G985F using Tapatalk
     
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    Cool that’s good to know, thanks @Chandz :thumbup:
     
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    That is looking AWESOME as always:thumbup::thumbup:
    TOTM???;)
     
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    I can see the value of the Zetlights here
     
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    Good lights are well worth the investment. We spent almost 1k on flourescent systems for my 1.2m and it barely gets the same results as simple LED's on my smaller tanks.
     
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    Hey thanks @GaryG :thumbup:
    This tank has had it’s turn though :)
    Would love an update on yours!
     
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    I’m really pushing the Zetlight Aquas here on a tank this size but it seems to work very well to create a natural environment and exclusively low light tolerant plants at the bottom. This tank gets a long photo period, around 12h also.

    One of the things I like about Zetlight and similar, is that even in low tech it brings out some colour nuances in the plants.
     
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    Looking good!

    I have just re-introduced Siamese Algae Eaters back into may main tank. They are so under-appreciated, I think.
     
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    Thanks! Yes sho they’re very effective in a large tank. Mine are about a year old (other one is in the jungle tank) and haven’t had any issues thus far. I believe they can become a bit agro in old age?
     
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    I think usually not, but it depends on the particular fish. They can be very energetic which can startle shy fish. But if you get a small group, like 4, then they use all their energy chasing and playing with each other.
     
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    Looks amazing. :thumbup:

    Have you ever had fish jumping out from this tank without lids?
     
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    @Whoknows thanks :thumbup:
    Not in this tank no, think because it’s not filled to the brim and the fish have space / escape routes. I see the white clouds and danios break the surface sometimes- usually when sparring / spawning lots of chasing happening.

    However had lots of white clouds jump when kept temporarily in the 45L - my shattered nerves couldn’t take it any more! Also have had endlers and guppies jump when water level too high, especially when new to the tank - learned the hard way there :(
     
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