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    hi all,

    been awhile since i posted anything on here that wasn't a sale ad! I've taken a step back from the hobby, but kept up with my duo of 1 Foot tanks. they have occassional ferts and liquid co2 and both are running:

    Tank: 45ish litre curved front tanks.
    Lighting: Up-Aqua Z series.
    Substrate: Oliver Knott Aquaearth.
    Filltration: Sunsun 603B with extra media.

    Tank 1 inhabitants are a tonne of different Cherrys, Algae and Glass Shrimp, 3 Native Nerites, 5 Otos and Red Neon Blue Eyes. heres images of the tank a d some inhabitants:
    http://imgur.com/gallery/WFxaQj6

    Tank 2 is currently going through a rescape, my Apisto Caca pair are due for an upgrade on their shin diggs. heres the scaffolding for the hardscape, will fine tune over the next few days and plant it out.
    http://imgur.com/gallery/fmlQoPF

    ill keep up to date on the progress and evolution of the scapes and inhabitants.

    thanks for looking

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    Holy crap dude tank 1 looks amazing!

    How did you manage to carpet in low tech? I know it can happen with patience but how long did it take to get that carpet?

    Kinda makes me want to do a carpet in my low tech but i've got a funny feeling it won't work for me

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    OMG those low tech are inspiring!

    Please continue to update us!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monty1089 View Post
    Holy crap dude tank 1 looks amazing!

    How did you manage to carpet in low tech? I know it can happen with patience but how long did it take to get that carpet?

    Kinda makes me want to do a carpet in my low tech but i've got a funny feeling it won't work for me
    get a good light and it will check out my 1ft cube if you like also

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    MC is very slow in low tech initially but can take off relatively fast with good light and lack of competition from other hungry species.

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    hey all, thanks for the kind words.
    i think the carpet took about 2 months to get to that cover and depth, i park the LED right over the front so it gets the most light as the background plants are all low light crypt species. seems to be working a charm so far!

    what species of background plant do yall think i should use in the new scape? i was thinking sword species or a thicker type of stem plant like limnophila etc. ideas?

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    For the new scape, you need to choose the leaf size carefully (small).

    Maybe some rotala varieties and HM at the back. Dwarf HG or crypt parva in the front?

    If you can get hold of em, small Buce/Anubias (pangalino) will go nicely in the shade of the DW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luked View Post
    get a good light and it will check out my 1ft cube if you like also
    Will do man. I need some inspiration

    I also have the MML Chihiros light and run it about half brightness.

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    I think Rebel is right, you want relatively small leafed plants, even up the back. Most swords will be too big I think. You could try E. Quaddricostatus (I think that is what it is called these days, the common name is Broad Leaf Chain Sword). It’s one of my favourite plants but is a bit rampant once it takes off so you’ll have to be happy to do some maintenance.
    siemanthepieman - french for 'bloody legend'

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    got to planting in about 50 anubias nana petites and regular nanas. crypts to bring up the back flanks of the tank. still looking for a good background plant...

    http://imgur.com/gallery/k3Br0qS

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    Really like that look!!!!

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    Nice work Davyboi...your tanks look awesome !!!

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    scape progress check in

    not much has changed in the mature tank. trimmed down the carpet and removed some of the java fern pups.

    http://imgur.com/gallery/1r5CpaG

    the newer scape is now pretty much fully planted. background planted with rotala green, stargrass and limnophila aromatica

    http://imgur.com/gallery/nM8jXyN

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