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post #31 of 159 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 08:51 PM
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Your plants look healthy and beautiful. If you weren't married to the blue rocks, I'd love to see either black ones there instead or else sand of some kind. The blue rocks just make me think too much of a goldfish tank, and you have that nice accent HC (or whichever foreground plant that is) to make it appear more natural looking, but it takes a step backward when it's next to blue rocks for me.

Anyway, just a suggestion. Love the plant selection in here, and you've done a terrific job with the growth.
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post #32 of 159 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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So I caved in and decided to use a filter for surface agitation. The "oil slick" at the surface was just bothering me too much. Also picked up some fish today, and added a bronze wendtii, some rotala clippings from my other tank, and another type of fanwort. Enjoy

Pack of black tetra's hangin out over the bronze wendtii


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Some kind of fanwort. Don't know the name. Any ideas?



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post #33 of 159 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 11:41 PM
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Nice tank, I like it very much. I think you'll enjoy it with the filter.
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yes, i have kept it. i struggled with it for awhile, it grew distorted, pale and small. but then it grew great after adding extra calcium. it would get the orangish color the closer it got to the light. it also grew very slow.

you cant really see the orange color due to the nasty yellow light/ yellow water and my lack of camera skills.

Beautiful tank. I've been having problems with this gold nesaea. It's melting on me! I've kept many difficult species without problems and to be honest this is the first plant that is just withering away on me. I've read that this plant is slow to recover from deficiencies. When I picked it up from the LFS it was in a tub(without any nutrients or CO2 I'm sure). I also read that it doesn't like a lot of potassium? Did you notice this? I usually dose 20 ppm of K 3X a week. For calcium I use flourish 3X week. Think that's enough?

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Nice tank. I love all the color.
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Nice tank. I love all the color.
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Added a riccia mat under the rocks and some java fern. My water is still brownish from the tannins. Does anyone now how long topsoil (wood chips in the topsoil) release tannins for?

I'm still amazed that only 1 cfl bulb can grow a whole tank of plants!!!




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nice!

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Don't know how I feel about the smooth glass stones, but your plants are thriving! Excellent planning!
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Beautiful tank. I've been having problems with this gold nesaea. It's melting on me! I've kept many difficult species without problems and to be honest this is the first plant that is just withering away on me. I've read that this plant is slow to recover from deficiencies. When I picked it up from the LFS it was in a tub(without any nutrients or CO2 I'm sure). I also read that it doesn't like a lot of potassium? Did you notice this? I usually dose 20 ppm of K 3X a week. For calcium I use flourish 3X week. Think that's enough?
i bought 2 "bunches" and most of it melted away, but a few stems converted over. Not sure about the potassium, and really not sure about the amount of calcium. i just know that when i added "extra" it perked up and the new growth was really nice. but i had to stay on top of it. I'm sure some fert guru can give you better advice.

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i bought 2 "bunches" and most of it melted away, but a few stems converted over. Not sure about the potassium, and really not sure about the amount of calcium. i just know that when i added "extra" it perked up and the new growth was really nice. but i had to stay on top of it. I'm sure some fert guru can give you better advice.
Thanks. Most of mine melted away except for a handful of stems. But there is new growth on the ones that survived. I guess this is just a very sensitive species. I think I read somewhere that this plant is a new cross or something, only developed a few years ago. Maybe that's why it's not that hardy.

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Its all in the dirt man, ever watch Dustinsfishtanks videos on youtube? He loves dirt lol.

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Gorgeous tank, what is the red plant in the front left please?
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Thread was a great read tonight thank you.

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Its all in the dirt man, ever watch Dustinsfishtanks videos on youtube? He loves dirt lol.

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yep....been a subscriber for about a year. Good stuff.

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