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Glen asked me to forward this to the list, due to
technical difficulties with the listserver.
Hats off to Glen for stepping up to the plate and
asking for criticism.
----- Original Message -----
From: Glen Williams <glen.williams at actfs_com.hk>
To: <Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2001 5:48 AM
Subject: Re: Art and the Planted Aquarium
> > > Perhaps people can post URL's to tanks they
> > > would like critiqued, and interested parties can
> > > their advice/opinions.
I thought this was a great idea!! Was kind of
hoping that somebody else
would take the plunge first but it never happened
so with this in mind here
Ok the two tanks that I would like opinions on are
the Open Tank and the
Just click over the picture in the introduction
page. Then I found it
to view by slideshow but each to their own. The
Pictures and the web page I
can not take credit for. My girlfriend Lisa took
these and personally i
think she did an amazing job. The camera for those
interested is a Sony
Mavica (sp?) digital. I have no idea what settings
were used etc
etc...Mainly because I am not allowed to touch it
Ok Open Tank...
I wanna call this The Jungle. Not very original I
know but its a start.
Mainly Swords and one variety or another.
Crypt in left foreground.
Red Tiger Lotus
Golden Algae Eaters (I know but the Girlfriend
Likes them and you have to
make concessions sometimes ;) )
Some other bits and pieces that I have forgotten
the names to but which I
All Parameters are 0
Fertilisers are Plantgro and TMG.
Due to the nature of my job I don't get much time
on to spend on my tanks.
There are no stem plants in this tank. It is a
great tank to work with
though. Never really had any problems with it at
all. Fish breed quite
freely in it and some even survive. There are a
couple of juvenile Bolivian
Ram fry in there and a couple of Apistogramma
Borelli fry in there as well.
They survived with no help myself and I think it
makes for better fish.
The Lily can be a pain in the neck but copious
amounts of pruning sort that
out. The swords are starting to get a little large
but I kind of like it
that way. I do tend to prune quite heavily.
My employment involves a lot of flying and a lot of
time from home which is
the main reason for the way this tank is planted.
Moving on to the Discus Tank
This one shall be called Through the
Rushes....Another pathetic attempt at
naming a tank :)
This tank is my bane at the moment. Not because of
the plants though. The
fish in this tank are always going from one trauma
Vallis of various sorts
Hygrophilia Difformis in foreground
Plantgro and TMG fertiliser
Parameters are all 0
The plants do ok in this tank. The main problem is
the DIY CO2. I need to
get a needle valve so that I can use the JBL
canister in this tank!!
a needle valve in Hong Kong is proving to be a
little hard though.
Not for the Discus purist I know. Somebody told me
that you could not put angels and discus together
and I decided to see
why!! Funny but I am
out why now. The big blue discus is a terror. I
thought angels could be
aggressive but this discus
puts them to shame. There is always some sort of
illness in this tank.
Strangely never with the discus. Sometimes with the
Angels (which I put
to bullying) and quite often with the rainbows. The
rainbows are in the
right range of parameters they are just sickly.
Probably the quality of
stock they were bred from but it is annoying. The
Killis have no problem
with it. They have bred a few times and amazingly
even some of there fry
All criticism good or bad is welcome.
Thanks for your time.
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