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post #271 of 341 (permalink) Old 11-15-2013, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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I think seachem comp has a decent amount of iron in it. So maybe thats why you are seeing this algae respond after you dose that or iron. Its responding to the excess. I dont think with the plants you have you need any additional iron.
totally agree that those plants do not need additional iron. I had mixed a concoction of iron from a previous setup and added some to the water to see what would happen. I'm not sure if that is what has caused the occasional bba but possibly. I think I need to clean my atomizer.
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I love this tank. The rock work makes the tank in my opinion. Probably my favorite mini m at the moment.

I was sitting in class today reading this thread and a few people behind me commented on how great the tank looks. Congrats.
Thank you!! What an awesome compliment!!
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lots of belem runners popping up. big water change and glass cleaning. hence the bubbles on the glass. hydropiper is growing growing too. the e. acicularis is a beast but looks great in the current. snails' delight.

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Looking better and better in each update. Are you going to let the belem take over that much real estate or are you waiting for the hydropiper to grow in? Either will look good, just curious.
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Looking better and better in each update. Are you going to let the belem take over that much real estate or are you waiting for the hydropiper to grow in? Either will look good, just curious.
that's a great question. part of me wants the two to coexist, but the other part of me now sees that the belem is really starting to take off and is going to dominate the foreground. I think I'm going to let the two mix. The hydropiper is awesome. It is very delicate in the soil though. with any type of maintenance I find I need to be extra gentle. If I'm not gentile, I can uproot it very very easily. If I was more skilled at trimming the belem and hydropiper I think I'd be good to go. but I would also like less maintenance and think that the belem and hydropiper are growing slow enough that I don't have to be quick on the draw like I am with the e. acicularis. that plant is wild.
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Nice light man! I have one also for my mini M. Where are you finding the bulb replacements?
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Nice light man! I have one also for my mini M. Where are you finding the bulb replacements?
marine depot for the 18w and AFA in san francisco for the 27w
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post #279 of 341 (permalink) Old 11-25-2013, 08:05 PM
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Very cool. PC or t5 lighting is the way to go... I'm starting to think.
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Filling in nicely.

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Very cool. PC or t5 lighting is the way to go... I'm starting to think.
Compared to what, just out of curiosity? I like T5/T5HO but I haven't had much luck with PC bulbs. They don't tend to last long and even if they do, seems like the light output diminishes faster than most other lights.
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Compared to what, just out of curiosity? I like T5/T5HO but I haven't had much luck with PC bulbs. They don't tend to last long and even if they do, seems like the light output diminishes faster than most other lights.
Led. In my case anyway. Except for maybe finnex. In any case, fat guys growth looks great. But yes your right, the bulbs def die out. From my experience.
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Led. In my case anyway. Except for maybe finnex. In any case, fat guys growth looks great. But yes your right, the bulbs def die out. From my experience.
would love to try leds one day. I just have a low tech led setup over my edge for the java ferns. this light (solar mini m) was too expensive to make a switch. But it looks great over the aquarium. the 27w pc bulb works well, you just have to crank up the co2 and ferts to match it because it's such a high output over a small space/amount of water. I didn't have any real issue growing hc with the 18w that I had on it before though. Lighting can make these mini setups difficult. If the output is too high, you can be playing a huge game of catch up. And with the small amount of water, the margin of error remains pretty large.


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time to trim the e. acicularis in the background. i sort of do not want to make the effort though because I like how it looks. I guess the real issue will be if it blocks the light from reaching the other two plants. it is getting crazy tall. e belem and hydropiper really taking off. my main time consuming effort is keeping the acicularis at bay and contained. the belem wants to make it's way into the hydropiper field as well. that's tricky because the hydropiper uproots very easily and I need to exercise a lot of patience and be extra delicate when I cut back the belem. everything is super green. my 5lb co2 tank has lasted over a year. my gauge may need replacing but it still reads at full capacity. we shall see. need to bleach the pipes again too.

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Nice job man, I'm impressed with your hydropiper, it's far from the easiest plant.
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