75G – July Update

July 24th, 2008

It’s time that I post an updated picture of my 75G tank. (Previous version here.) Besides my recent disaster with not quarantining fish, I haven’t worked too much on this tank. I removed one of the pieces of driftwood in the front middle to make the scape flow a little bit better. The Blyxa japonica in the front right has grown by leaps and bounds. The Eleocharis sp. ‘Japan’ has grown, but not filled in near as full as I’m hoping for in the left foreground. Otherwise, in the back-right I’ve removed all of the Pogostemon stellatus and put Ludwigia glandulosa in its place. I still have a stem of Ludwigia sp. ‘Cuba’ back there, but I’ll likely move that to my 40G tank once it has stabilized. I’ve also added Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Kompact’ to the midground-center.

75G - July 24, 2008

75G - July 24, 2008. Click for larger image.

I’m working to fight off a minor black brush algae attack that I believe was caused by medicating the tank. Otherwise, it’s growing fairly well. I looks a little bit unbalanced now with the hairgrass being so sparse, and the empty background on the right side, but once those plants fill in, I’ll be fairly happy with it. I’m open to comments and critiques, however. 🙂

10 Responses to “75G – July Update”

  1. Kim Says:

    How many tanks do you have? All the ones you’ve shown are beautiful! I’d love to see more pictures of your corner tank, I have just like it and have no idea what to do with it.

  2. guitarfish Says:

    Kim, I have a 75G, 54G, 40G, 20H, 20L, 10G, and 2 2.5G aquariums. If you look under the Categories dropoff in the sidebar under 54G Tank Log, you’ll see the history of my corner tank. I don’t post pictures that often of it because it doesn’t change much. Those corner ones are hard to aquascape!

  3. Michael Says:

    You don’t need to tell me about trying to figure out what to do with a corner tank. I just acquired one for free and I’ve been playing with hardscape for weeks trying to figure what to do – no water yet, just GWAPA mossy rock and driftwood!!

  4. guitarfish Says:

    And don’t even get me started on trying to light a corner tank evenly! It’s near impossible to avoid dark areas in the corners.

  5. Brandon Says:

    I don’t know if this will work for your situation, but I picked up a new trick for fighting BBA at the ACA convention last week.

    First the speaker filled a spray bottle with Excel, then he took a huge Java Fern attached to driftwood out of the tank, sprayed it down liberally, and dropped it right back in. He only had to do it 1 time and within a week what WAS a massive amount of BBA had been completely eradicated!

  6. guitarfish Says:

    Brandon, that’s a neat trick. I’ve heard of using Excel or H202 before, but always in the tank, using a syringe to squirt directly on the submersed plant. I may have to try the spray bottle method. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. 75G - August Update!-- Guitarfish Says:

    […] changed a few things around in my 75G since my previous update last month. Most noticeably, I have thinned out a ton of the Blyxa japonica that was in the front right. […]

  8. El Papi Says:

    How can I attach Java fern to driftwood?

  9. guitarfish Says:

    El Papi, attaching Java fern to driftwood is easy. If the wood has nooks and crannies already in it, you can simply shove the java fern rhizome down into those. If not, green florist wire from any craft store, zip-ties, or black/brown/green cotton/nylon thread will work wonderfully. Eventually, the fern will dig into the wood, and will not require the implement that you used initially. You can use the same stuff (cotton thread is best) for attaching moss as well.

  10. El Papi Says:

    Thanks! I will go ahead and work on that tommorow.

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