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    Looks like a Banana lily to me.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nymphoides_aquatica

    With the wood, is it brand new? Weigh it down with a big stone etc.

    Looking good.

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    Cool thanks Rebel.

    I did see the Banana lily yesterday but was not sure if it was the same one.

    Yes brand new wood, I have it wedged under the glass braces of the tank, seems a bit less buoyant this morning and still has air bubbles coming out of it when I turn it over.

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    Wood can take a long time to sink... but it will sink..

    I love the iron sand and I just noticed your DIY stand - good work right down to the rounded corners and finish. Very nice.

    Silver dollars and plants often don't go well together... so enjoy the plants while the fish are small. There are plenty of cheap plants to keep adding for that splash of green - you might find one they don't like.

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    Quick tip with wood, don't wedge it hard against glass. It can expand when soaked and can crack the glass.

    Beginner plant keepers shouldn't keep silver dollars with plants. It causes a process known as saladification. 😜

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grubs View Post
    Wood can take a long time to sink... but it will sink..

    I love the iron sand and I just noticed your DIY stand - good work right down to the rounded corners and finish. Very nice.

    Silver dollars and plants often don't go well together... so enjoy the plants while the fish are small. There are plenty of cheap plants to keep adding for that splash of green - you might find one they don't like.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel
    Quick tip with wood, don't wedge it hard against glass. It can expand when soaked and can crack the glass.

    Beginner plant keepers shouldn't keep silver dollars with plants. It causes a process known as saladification. 
    Thanks Grubs, the cabinet is not finished yet, it will have a Tassie Blackwood cover and doors when I get time to make it !

    Thanks Rebel, I didn't explain very well, the wood is under the top glass braces to stop it emerging from the water.
    No pressure on the glass other than the buoyancy weight.

    Saladification lol yeah the Silver Dollars do nibble on the Ambulia but are leaving the others alone.
    I am keeping them well fed, they are growing fast !

    I have bought a 5 x 2 x 2 tank that will eventually house the Silver Dollars, Clown Loach and Silver Sharks once they are too big for this tank.

    Well I had typed a much more detailed reply and our internet decided to stop working and I lost the lot

    Anyway I was just comparing the plants from my post 4 days ago and how much they have grown already
    The Elodea and Ambulia have grown a couple of inches or more already...

    IMG_20170104_184135, on Flickr

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    I was looking in another lfs today and they had an Electric Blue Yabbie around 2.5" long.

    How would a Yabbie go with fish ?

    We have...

    Silver Dollars x 6
    Silver Sharks x 3
    Clown Loach x 1
    Dwarf gourami x 2
    Siamese Fighter x 1
    Bronze Cory's x 3
    Pepper ? Cory's x 2 ( Very small 1.5 cm 'ish )
    Neon Tetras x 12
    Some kind of bronze Tetras x 5
    Bristlenose x 2

    Holy crap I just realised we have 37 fish in the tank !
    Doesn't seem that many when watching them go about their business...

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    Quote Originally Posted by salt36 View Post
    I was looking in another lfs today and they had an Electric Blue Yabbie around 2.5" long.

    How would a Yabbie go with fish ?
    Hey Salt
    I had a few yabbies in a tank years ago and they were fine for a month or so. Then they worked out how to catch and eat fish and that was the end of all the fish. Even the fast moving fish disappeared over time.
    From my experience i would not recommend it.

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    The yabbmeister may chop your plants as well. Snip snip.

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    Thanks gents I will leave it at the store then.

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    My MML light and auto controller finally arrived yesterday

    The brackets for an open tank don't really work with this tank, the other problem is when sitting at the dining table or lounge the brightness from the LED is quite distracting.
    So I went to the hardware shop this morning looking for inspiration, ended up buying some 50mm PVC pipe and a couple of elbows to make a shroud for the light so we don't see it from the room.

    Not a bad days work, painted and on the tank. Does the job and looks ok.
    The gap at the top works well, the air above the light is hot and cool below so hopefully will keep the led's cool enough.

    I am amazed how quickly these plants grow.
    Planted on the 31st Dec and now 8 days later they have doubled in size
    One of the Elodea has reached the water surface already.

    Should I trim them and replant the tops or just let them grow ?


    IMG_20170106_152540 , on Flickr

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    Wow, that DIY hood for your LED's look amazing! Awesome job, really adds to the tank IMO.

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    Thanks mate, I think the curves suit the curved front.

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    That shroud looks great! Just like a bought one!

    I'm about to order a couple of the MML tubes to go under a hood. This gives me some ideas if I ever want to use them on an open topper.

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    Thanks mate

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    I am getting impatient for this driftwood to start sinking.

    Spent an hour or so Googling how to make it sink quickly, seems the best thing is to boil it or tie a Slate tile to it....

    I have two Resun 300 watt heaters that came with the 5 ft tank.
    Neither worked when I tried them so pulled one apart today and the wire element was broken where it joins the electrode thing.
    I crimped the wire back into the terminal on the electrode, I also noticed the thermostat control limits are on the plastic dial and not the thermostat so I cranked it up another turn.

    Well the wire now glows red when running and the water temp is going up !
    Hopefully it will help to sink the driftwood, we don't have a pot anywhere near big enough to boil it, need a Cauldron and a fire !

    If the increased water temp doesn't work I will buy a slate tile and tie it to the bottom somehow.

    We also have a new addition to the community, a 1.5 cm white/albino (not sure ?) Corydoras, he is cool as, heaps of energy and does laps around the tank.
    Will try and get a photo if he stays still long enough....

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