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    08-17-2017, 06:45 PM
    This is going to be a surprising candidate: Julidochromis regani, Regan's Julie. This species really surprised me by adapting very well to a planted 40B with a variety of other inhabitants. They need plenty of rock work, and a pair will choose a cave as their territory and defend it against all comers. But the territory is only about 6" in diameter, and as long as the other fish learn to respect it there will be no problems. They will even...
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    08-17-2017, 06:20 PM
    The arrangement looks good, I am worried about the stone. If you found it in a White Rock tributary, it is almost certainly Austin Chalk. This is a very soft limestone bedrock that weathers into the black clay soils common in Dallas. It so soft that it will probably fall apart within a year, maybe sooner. Huge Austin Chalk boulders are reduced to chips in a few years when exposed to weather. Don't confuse this with the hard limestone sold...
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    08-14-2017, 07:41 PM
    I scarified, the seeds germinated, grew several leaves, then died.
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    08-13-2017, 12:36 PM
    In my very limited experience with lotus, I've had no success. But there are many water lily cultivars that would be easy in a 100 gallon tub.
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    08-12-2017, 12:27 PM
    Agree! Even if the large koi don't eat the plants, they love to dig in the pots. Goldfish, even 12" ones, don't eat any plants but duckweed.
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    08-09-2017, 09:48 AM
    Small, non-digging cichlids might work, like Apistograma. Or a sorority of female bettas with or without one male.
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    08-03-2017, 07:58 AM
    LOL! That would definitely work. I agree with snow's comment on the quarter circle corner tank. I set up a planted demo tank in my local fish store using a 90 gallon corner tank. The distortion was noticeable and would annoy me if it was my tank, but definitely not as bad as the more common semi-rectangle bow fronts.
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    08-02-2017, 07:10 AM
    I think the problem may be worse if you wear glasses. And for people who aren't familiar with bow-front tanks, the problem does not exist until the tank is filled. If you look at a dry tank in the store you won't see a problem.
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    08-01-2017, 06:32 AM
    Good luck with this. If you succeed, I would like to see it. Normally I can't look at a bow front for more than 5 minutes without getting a headache.
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    07-30-2017, 05:33 AM
    Michael replied to a thread Native plants in Aquarium Plants
    They must be getting plenty of light!
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    07-26-2017, 11:07 AM
    Thanks, Nick. I looked them up and see that they are completely different.
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    07-26-2017, 06:46 AM
    Similar pattern and color shows up in my non-selected Neocaridina davidi. Perhaps I should say "naturally selected" because although my shrimp started as "cherries", many generations of living with shrimp-eating fish have pretty much eliminated the red color. But in tanks where predation is lower, I see these sometimes. The body color tends to dark red or maroon, and the stripe is usually green. Somewhere on the internet I read the name...
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    07-24-2017, 07:57 PM
    I like the sagittaria growing out of the tank! The sideways photos may have something to do with the way your camera saves the photos. If you download them to a PC, then correct and save the orientation, then upload them to Fish Box, they may come out right side up.
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