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cool! what plants are the ones in there? sorry I am still trying to memerize plants.

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post #32 of 73 (permalink) Old 10-14-2011, 02:08 AM
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yaay we have the same co2 tank. I think you're the only one I ever see with JT tank lol.
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cool! what plants are the ones in there? sorry I am still trying to memerize plants.
I'll update the first post as I add things, but for right now this is what I have:
  • Eleocharis Belem
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  • Rotala Colorata (coming soon)
  • Rotala Green "narrow leaf" (coming soon)
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post #34 of 73 (permalink) Old 10-14-2011, 03:08 AM Thread Starter
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yaay we have the same co2 tank. I think you're the only one I ever see with JT tank lol.
Nice! I was going to get a 5 lb. tank but it has to be on the kitchen counter and I think the wife would freak if I had a huge industrial size Co2 tank... The Aquatek regulator is awesome though - only $79.99 and a $20 adapter for paintball and you are good to go.
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post #35 of 73 (permalink) Old 10-14-2011, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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New plants! I just planted Rotala colorata, rotala green "narrow leaf", a bonus blyxa japonica, and some Persicaria sp. 'Kawagoeanum'. There is one more rotala that I got a single stem of, but I forgot what it's called. I also added some frogbit to help soak up excess nutrient and hopefully avoid new tank algae.

Now it's time to watch it all grow!

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looking good! what fish are you going to put in it?

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looking good! what fish are you going to put in it?
I think I'll have a few Oto cats and a school of cardinal tetras.
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post #38 of 73 (permalink) Old 10-21-2011, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Update 10/21/2011:

Good growth so far - just added an Oto and a red ramshorn snail:



This particular stem of colorata is growing really nicely and the bottom of the stem (behind the rock; not shown here) is getting a nice red coloring:

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how is the growth using the 2x24" t5 light? im getting a 60p and picking a lighting option is driving me nuts!
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Update 11/4/2011 - Last week I trimmed the hairgrass using Amano's method - mow all old growth down and keep only the new growth. The rotalas have filled in amazingly well and I'm going to do my first trimming tomorrow.

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Are you dosing and ferts, 'cause looking at this, maybe I won't have to.
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Are you dosing and ferts, 'cause looking at this, maybe I won't have to.
So far no ferts have been dosed. The Aquasoil has a ton of nutrients in it, and I'm trying to minimize ferts in the water column to help prevent algae. If I get a deficiency I'll probably have to dose at some point, but so far, so good.

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how is the growth using the 2x24" t5 light? im getting a 60p and picking a lighting option is driving me nuts!
The 2x24" T5 growth is crazy - I probably have slightly too much light - about 120 PAR according to Hoppy's chart. 2x24 will have no problem growing anything - check the growth between 10/21 and 11/4 - that is only 2 weeks and the stems grew about 12"!!! The stems are so tall now they are curling over at the top and reaching halfway down to the bottom of the tank.

If you're looking for a good low-cost option, the Fishneedit 2x24" that I went with works great. It's only $64.99 with bulbs. If you want something a little better you might look at their 70 watt metal halide as long as you have something you can suspend it from. Good luck!

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Great jungle look to the tank, excellent growth
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Looking good.

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