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Post  MorganEA on 2014-04-03, 01:11

I love seeing how much tanks change from month to month. I thought I would start an area where we could share our before and after pictures.
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Post  Guest on 2014-04-03, 01:23

Nice setup.  Middle pic you see the stick and last pic now you dont. Well partial of it. Its like the jungle has engulfed wood. Looking good.

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Post  MorganEA on 2014-04-03, 01:37

Oh, I should also point out that this is a very low maintenance tank. No dirt only gravel and no co2 or special lights. Just to prove that you can have a lush tank as long as you take the time to research the plants needs.
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Post  Guest on 2014-04-03, 01:52

Well some of those plants came from a high tech tank before you put them in btw. Some of the plants you have are low light plants and some from chad's are mid/high light plants.
Still the tank looks great.

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Post  MorganEA on 2014-04-03, 06:54

What is that supposed to mean? Clearly they are not dead and have grown. So they must like something that I am doing.
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Post  pbmax on 2014-04-03, 08:52

MorganEA wrote:What is that supposed to mean? Clearly they are not dead and have grown. So they must like something that I am doing.

Indeed; good job with them! Transitioning plants from a high tech tank with CO2 to a low tech tank without can be tough on the plants. The fact that they're doing well means you're treating them right. Spot On
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Post  Guest on 2014-04-03, 09:04

pbmax wrote:
MorganEA wrote:What is that supposed to mean? Clearly they are not dead and have grown. So they must like something that I am doing.

Indeed; good job with them!  Transitioning plants from a high tech tank with CO2 to a low tech tank without can be tough on the plants.  The fact that they're doing well means you're treating them right. Spot On

Its only been a few days. Its not like its been weeks or months to see the difference between the 2 setups high tech and low tech. Thats what I meant MorganEA.  Its not I said cant do it, its just too early to what you said. 
And a true high tech to low tech transitioning is roy's low tech 10gal. It took weeks to see results. It was the 2nd comment you said about having lush plants (high and low demanding plants) without having special dirt, co2, and special lighting. Its only been a couple days since chad's high demanding plants were put in. It take a week to weeks to see results like roy's low tech.  Sorry MorganEA. I was just saying it would a week or weeks to see a difference with new plants from chad. Thats all folks. Great looking tank btw.


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Post  pbmax on 2014-04-03, 09:52

I saw this tank in person over a month ago and it looked great - very lush and healthy with no algae to speak of.  She's doing a great job with it, regardless of whether it fits into your definition of "true" or whatever.

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Post  Betty on 2014-04-03, 10:20

It looks very nice, Morgan. I like the variety of colors in there.
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-03, 10:23

I agree with Betty. I'm going to be doing a planted nano tank for my office and want different colors and I as well am doing research as to which plants the fish I am going to be putting in likes. I just hope I have as much luck as you do! Your tank looks great! What type of fish/invertebrates do you have in there? I see some platies and an angel. Anything else??
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Post  MorganEA on 2014-04-03, 12:48

Thank you for the KIND comments. I don't have much of a variety in this tank most of them are platies then there is my angel, a pleco, and tons of ram shorn snails.
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Post  poffman on 2014-04-03, 13:12

Very cool, I also dig the jungle look you have going on Smile
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-04-03, 13:15

Hi Morgan,
I think this tank looks awesome! Not all these plants came from me but the ones that did should be medium light plants. Using less intense lighting, or changing fertilization, or no CO2 I believe the only difference you will see is growth rate, and perhaps color intensity on new growth.

Of course all these plants can be grown well in 'low tech' tanks. I like low tech , just not my focus. My focus is high light plants, and color intensity Smile

When I first started growing these plants I had fluorite substrate and duel T5HO strung across my 7' tank (this is the equivalent to low light-low tech). No CO2.

I love posts like this. The evolution of tanks is fun to see.
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Post  MorganEA on 2014-04-03, 13:17

Thank you fishNAbowl I do have med light and hope to update it soon.
Does anyone else have before and after pictures?
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Re: Before & After

Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-04-03, 13:33

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Last weekend I completely overhauled this tank. Moving woods, removed some plants, put in new ones , ect...
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Post  MorganEA on 2014-04-03, 13:38

wow! I love the driftwood in the middle picture, Your tank always looks amazing.
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-03, 13:43

I need to revamp mine before I take a before and after. I lost a few plants due to snails, need to take some out that shouldn't be fully submersed and then trim (which I need to learn how) one that has grown out of control or wind it around it self some. My puffer seems to like diving in and out of the spirals of the leaves so maybe I should leave it longer Smile
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Post  JimA on 2014-04-03, 17:00

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little cloudy though, and sorry I don't have any plants to show off...  Sad 

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Post  pbmax on 2014-04-03, 17:03

Hmmm, so did you turn the kids into fish, or rocks?  Suspect cyclops

That's a nice, MASSIVE tank!
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Post  Missgrumpygills on 2014-04-03, 17:04

This is a cool thread! Keep it coming guys Smile
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Post  Missgrumpygills on 2014-04-03, 17:19

Here's mine

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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-03, 17:22

Missgrumpygills, do you have co2 set up or Excel used?
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Post  Missgrumpygills on 2014-04-03, 17:23

My tank is also low tech lol Smile but they all really like my light
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-03, 17:54

Hmm this gives me hope! lol
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Post  Missgrumpygills on 2014-04-03, 18:06

Lush, happy, planted, low tech tanks are possible! What's your setup like?
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-04-03, 18:12

@ JimA, THIS TANK ROCKS! <- pun, get it? Rocks... Okay, is a sweet set up though!!
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-03, 18:40

I have one that's brackish water organic miracle grow with sand cap and standard light, and waiting for one to be shipped that's a fluval spec v that I plan on the same substrate with the standard light it comes with or possibly upgrading to a better light if it fits the tank well. Both so far are smaller sized tanks.
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Post  MorganEA on 2014-04-03, 18:40

That is a huge tank JimA! It would probably cost an arm and a leg to plant that monster.
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-03, 18:40

Not if you ROAK it Smile
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Post  MorganEA on 2014-04-03, 18:58

That is true but his fish would probably eat all his hard work.
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-03, 19:10

Or uproot and kill the plants lol
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-04-03, 19:15

Some tanks just don't need plants... JimsA's aquascape is awesome :)Not really knowing a bunch about those type fish I believe they are vegetarian.
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Post  JimA on 2014-04-03, 21:26

Thanks guys and gals nice thread. Get some more tank pics in here! As for plants in mine I think the Tropheus would leave them alone, I have just been keeping it kind of a bio-type and have not given it much thought.

Betty thoughts on plants in a Troph tank?

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Post  Betty on 2014-04-03, 22:11

JimA wrote:  Thanks guys and gals nice thread.   Get some more tank pics in here!     As for plants in mine I think the Tropheus would leave them alone, I have just been keeping it kind of a bio-type and have not given it much thought.  

 Betty thoughts on plants in a Troph tank?

Jim, I prefer just rock in my African tanks, but I felt it necessary to add some fake plants to my troph tank because of all the aggression and stuck a few living anubias in there to see how they'd do.  My tank is only 75 gallons and they can get really rough with each other.  The fake plants give the bullied fish a place to hideout until things cool off.  They used to destroy some of the small leaves when the anubias were young, but mostly leave them alone now.
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Post  MRTom on 2014-04-04, 02:47

Sounds fun, I'll join in with one of my tanks Smile
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-04-04, 11:24

Cool MRTom  Spot On  may I ask what the red plant is in the front?
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Post  MRTom on 2014-04-04, 11:26

Just crypto wendtii red Smile
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-04-04, 11:55

MRTom wrote:Just crypto wendtii red Smile
My guess was a type of crypt by the leaves, just little ones. They do get much larger don't they? Or do they stay that small?
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-04, 11:58

What is the smaller green next to the crypto wendtii red?
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Post  JimA on 2014-04-04, 12:26

Betty wrote:
JimA wrote:  Thanks guys and gals nice thread.   Get some more tank pics in here!     As for plants in mine I think the Tropheus would leave them alone, I have just been keeping it kind of a bio-type and have not given it much thought.  

 Betty thoughts on plants in a Troph tank?

Jim, I prefer just rock in my African tanks, but I felt it necessary to add some fake plants to my troph tank because of all the aggression and stuck a few living anubias in there to see how they'd do.  My tank is only 75 gallons and they can get really rough with each other.  The fake plants give the bullied fish a place to hideout until things cool off.  They used to destroy some of the small leaves when the anubias were young, but mostly leave them alone now.

Thanks Betty, I might add some down the line.

Here is a bit better pic.
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-04, 12:35

How big of a tank is that??
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Post  JimA on 2014-04-04, 13:02

ShortyKiloGyrl wrote:How big of a tank is that??

8X2X2 240

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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-04, 13:10

Wholey moses! I'm trying to figure out dimensions for building an in wall tank in the future. We were thinking 18" deep and 4-6' long and 2' tall. That would be about a 150?
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Post  JimA on 2014-04-04, 13:18

ShortyKiloGyrl wrote:Wholey moses! I'm trying to figure out dimensions for building an in wall tank in the future. We were thinking 18" deep and 4-6' long and 2' tall. That would be about a 150?

If you can try and find a 180 I think they are 6x2x2 It's only 5" deeper than 18 but it is nice to have the floor (btm) space in a tank..

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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-04, 20:58

It's one side hallway and other side bedroom we are already going to over the wall thickness with 18" by quite a bit. :/
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-04, 21:03

Here are before and during pictures I can't say after because I am very much so still working on it! You can tell how much the crispus has grown I did realize it was that much until I took the picture and compared! Crazy growth!

Original planting, snails killed the cabomba.

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The rest are still there and the crispus is taking over!

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MRTom wrote:Just crypto wendtii red Smile
My guess was a type of crypt by the leaves, just little ones. They do get much larger don't they? Or do they stay that small?

I'm thinking it is a combination of lighting and competition for nutrients. It didn't start spreading shoots until recently. It did go through a few rounds of melt when I moved the tank after the room remodel in January, and the leaves haven't grown to their full original length.

ShortyKiloGyrl wrote:What is the smaller green next to the crypto wendtii red?
Narrow leaf chain sword (Echinodorus tenellus). It has been a LOT more aggressive in spreading than the crypto, which I don't mind much Smile

ShortyKiloGyrl wrote:The rest are still there and the crispus is taking over!
Love what that aponogeton is doing!!! Very Happy
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-04-05, 01:16

I like that narrow leaf chain sword. I think I might need some of that for my nano tank when it gets going.

As for the aponogeton crispus it loves the organic miracle grow I guess! My puffer seems to enjoy going in and out of it's spirals, he's got a few chomp holes in the pieces running along the surface too lol. I have not supplemented with anything. This is a low brackish water tank and I haven't added any Excel or anything. It's taken off like crazy.
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Post  MorganEA on 2014-04-05, 01:30

Your tank looks great! Crispus seems pretty tolerant i haven't been able to kill one yet.
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