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post #46 of 178 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Hyzer! The glosso is a lot of work, especially since it's more prone to vertical growth with my cut back lighting.

This scape is alot of work. I cut about 25 stems of aromatica today, removing the stumps which have been in there a few months. Insane root growth, I was surprised. replanted a mere nine of the nicer looking tops. Chopped the ludwigia down a lot too. Now the wallichi has plenty of room to grow, and plenty of light to use.




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post #47 of 178 (permalink) Old 04-17-2012, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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Quick cell phone pic update. Ludwigia is growing back nicely. Once I have a larger amount of red wallichi I will trim and replant, hoping to hone in on some sort of completed scape. The aromatica needs to go, I am sick of it,
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Added some stalks of purple bamboo. Considering removing the powerhead . . the wallichi and the purple bamboo dont seem to like the flow of my tank too much . . .

I hate to update this thread with no photo . . . will have to post one tomorrow!
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Baby shrimp . . . baby shrimp everywhere. It's delightful scanning the foreground and every other place you lay your eyes you notice a tiny shimplet.

The glosso is becoming irritating. I either need to replant it all and start a fresh carpet or switch it out for something better... HC I'm thinking.

I need some opinions, I'm going to be upgrading my light soon and I'm leaning towards either a 150w or 70w metal halide from fishneedit.com. I did some searching for reviews on these lights here and found that they give a very similar par reading to some ADA fixtures. They're tek t5's are apparently wimpy due to their ballasts so I haven't considered them an option.

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Current FTS:

Excuse the ugly pipes and neglected rear pane of glass!

The tank has gone through some phases which I have not documented on here. I ditched most of the stems, let the moss over take the foreground, let the blyxa over grow in the back. Ditched a lot of moss, hacked the blyxa and now the tank looks as it does in the picture.

BBA has really been a PITA. I have raised my lights and stayed consistent with c02 and ferts. This combined with manuel removal is working well.

The shrimp are booming, they never stop breeding, and somehow I've wound up with yellow shrimp when I have never had any before hah.


I'd like to take this tank down soon and move the shrimp to a shrimp specific tank, they just get in the way at this point hah.
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post #52 of 178 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 10:10 AM
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Wish my blyxa looked like that.. Theyre growing but leaves are dying at the same rate. Like the tank makes want to revive the 20..

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Removed the black background, cleaned up the glass.
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Today I rigged my c02 to turn on 2 hours before the lights, and shut off a few before lights out, hoping that the early start would give the plants the advantage as soon as the lights turn on. I also turned it up a little as the rate seemed low. . . which was a bad idea. My current c02 rig consists of a atomizer leading into a rex reactor, the result is very little mist into the tank. Superior diffusion. I need to get a bubble counter, as I don't rely on the drop checker anymore.

Well, when I arrived home at 11:30 the lights were still on ... an hour and a half after the lights should of been out, however the c02 appeared to have shut off around 8 as I set it to. Oddly enough the tank looked super gassed, all the plants pearling far to much . The shrimp were all frozen, not moving, but not on their sides.

I feel terrible.... the air stone is running and they are moving now but still . . . I need to move my cherry shrimp population to a stable non-c02 no fert tank before some mishap kills them off!
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Things are going well. C02 is out, going to refill as soon as possible!

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post #57 of 178 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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No replies since april?! What's going on around here!

Is it because this isn't another 12 gallon long journal?

It must be the obnoxious equipment people dont like...
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Great looking tank! I read through the journal this morning, and it was cool to see how it has evolved into its current form. I agree, if you are worried, then you should get the shrimp out of there before something happens.
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Glosso is growing like a weed again. Note the patch of HC I am trying to nuture and spread .. slowly but surely
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