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  1. Pezulu

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    I was going through some old photo's, and realised how much some of our tanks change over time.
    My 4ft tank is about 4 years old, and has been through some drastic changes.
    At first it had plastic plants in, and was then rescaped to become a planted tank.
    Unfortunately the first 2 years worth of pictures were on a disc that was damaged by a power surge.
    The pictures I have, were on a removable drive, which was not in use when the power surge occurred.

    2 Years ago the tank looked like this:
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    6 Months later, and the plants had grown a bit, algae had become a bit of a problem, and fish were growing as well:

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    Deciding to start breeding guppies for a specific market, the tank was stripped down, and just Hornwort together with guppies was the result:
    (The tank was used as a holding tank, while guppies were sexed, then moved to one of 12 other tanks.)
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    The guppy endeavour did not pan out, and I decided to sell what I could, and keep the few tanks left going.
    This was the result:
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    Finally, I decided to revive the tank, and added some driftwood and new plants.
    Hopefully it will slowly revert back to a decent display tank:
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    What will the tank look like in a year?
    I have no idea, but it should be interesting to see it then.
     
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    A good reset is not a bad thing ...
     
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    Image number 3 is guppy city!
     
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    @Pezulu

    First tank looks fantastic.
    And am sure once the 2nd tank has settled, it will grow well too
     
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    Pezulu

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    My 2 foot has also had quite a revamp done on it.
    It used to be primarily a breeding tank for Assassin Snails, with some fish thrown in for good measure.
    Livestock consisted of Assassin Snails, Red Cherry Shrimp rejects, Threadfin Rainbowfish and a pair of German Blue Rams.

    Plants consisted of Anubias Nana Petite, Cryptocoryne Parva, Susswassertang in a wall, and Limnophila Aromatica.
    When I started the tank out, it had a Java Moss wall, Hemianthus Micranthemoides, Ludwigia Repens and various Anubias.

    The tank was torn down to support my guppy breeding project, which (happily) did not work out.
    From an original stock of 10, there were about 150 Assassin Snails.
    Shrimp multiplied as well, despite the GBR feasting on them.
    There were over 1000 shrimp pulled from that tank.

    I have recently started rescaping the tank, and adding plants.
    It is slowly getting there.
    The choice of plants has changed, but also stayed the same.
    Anubias Nana Petite, Anubias Nangi, Anubias Pangolino, Anubias Bonsia, Bacopa Monnieri, Cryptocoryne Wendtii Brown, Limnophila Aromatica, Vallisneria Asiatica, and Crinum Calamistratum.

    Livestock consists of Red Cherry Shrimp and some Nerite Snails.

    I think our tastes change, and as such our choice of plants change as well.
    A rescape can be a good thing.

    Before

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    Now

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    Wow in a 2 foot? Impressive
     
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    @Pezulu.... the tanks then looked awesome!


    Ummmmm..... Hahaa I think you just decided to follow into @f-fish' steps!!

    Jokes aside.... yes.. its amazing how things change over time.... but i am pretty sure your new scapes will soon look as amazing as before
     
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    Looks really nice.
    Well done :thumbup:
     
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    Pezulu

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    A week later, and the 2ft has changed again.
    I have added Rooibos tea to see whether it will contribute to algae control.

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    The 4ft tank is going along slowly.
    It needs more light, so I need to start saving up for another Zetlight ZP4000-1047. (If I can get one. They have apparently stopped importing them.)
    A few more plants have been added.
    Cryptocoryne Crispatula var Banansae
    Lymnophila Pinnatifida
    Microsorum Pteropus (Java Fern)
    Blyxa Japonica

    Livestock wise, I added 3 young German Blue Rams.
    Two of the GBR have paired off, and spawned between the Corkscrew Vallis.
    The GBR are still young at about 4-6 months, so I am not holding high hopes for this spawn.

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    Good to see the progress.

    What sort of algae does Rooibos control?
    Ever since I lost my Golden Nugget Plec I have loads of algae growing on the glass. I scrape the glass weekly, but it's driving me nuts.
     
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    Pezulu

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    There have been conflicting reports that it helps with BBA.
    What I have noticed with the darker water is that it seems to keep any algae at bay.
     
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    The progress is looking good @Pezulu

    Interesting about the Rooibos tea and algae
    Im also battling with algae on my pup tank funny enough my big tank that hets about 3 hours sunlight a day i dont have a problem..
     
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    Pezulu

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    Another week, and more changes to the tanks.
    Plants are growing well, and more wood and stone was added to the display tank.

    There is still an empty space next to the Limnophila Aromatica in the 2ft tank, that I have added a single Hygrophila Pinnatifida stem.
    Hopefully that will start growing when it gets settled, and take over the empty space.

    The 4ft display tank has loads of open areas, that I hope to be able to fill with Crypt Wendtii Brown in the future.
    The Crypts have taken a beating from the Excel that I was adding daily.
    I have reduced the dosage and frequency, and am dosing Excel every second day now, and reduced the dosage from 7.5ml to 5ml.

    Livestock wise the 2ft has gained 3 more Nerites, while the display tank has gained 5 Red Rainbows (Glossolepis Incisus.)

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    Filing out nicely
     
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    All developing beautifully!!

    Cant believe how quickly everything is growing in and taking shape
    Well done
     
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    Coming along nicely
    Good to see the progress.
     
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    Pezulu

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    Another week has gone by, and growth in the 4ft tank is steady if slow.
    Some Java Fern was added to the new piece of Spiderwood, which still refuses to sink after 1 month of soaking.
    The Corkscrew Vallis is growing slower than I had anticipated, and still waiting for it to send out runners.
    Some root tabs were added, so hopefully that will start taking off as well.

    The 2ft has not really had much going on in it, apart from me trying to catch all the RCS in it.

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    A week is not that long.... they don't turbo grow @Pezulu!!!

    Looking good and steady development. I think in about 3 or 4 weeks you will see a big difference
     
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    Pezulu

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    I suppose I am in too much of a hurry.
    Everything should have been done yesterday, and tomorrow is too far in the future.

    MTS is E-V-I-L!!
    I am currently running only 4 tanks, after having had 12 for quite some time.
    I find myself looking at spaces in my office, and thinking that a tank would fit there nicely.
    Perhaps a fifth tank won't make that much of a difference....
    All I need is the finances to get some new substrate, then the finances to get the livestock.
     
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    That is nice growth @Pezulu is that a stick on background? if possible remove and paint it rather will look much better to the naked eye, just my opinion and sorry if I come on to strong with my opinions its just my 2 cents :)
     

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