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post #106 of 178 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 05:30 AM
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just read through the whole thread, love the progression of this aquarium and aquascaping
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post #107 of 178 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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post #108 of 178 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Just a few shots from today. I've upped the K, Ca and Mg this week and I might just be imagining things but the blyxa has exploded with growth.

I've got a shot from two weeks ago and one from today of the blyxa, lots of growth in that time.

The BBA is really taking over the crypts . . . I've already pruned them heavily lately, and I am afraid I may remove them completely. Regardless, there is excel in the mail, it should be here by monday if I am lucky! Until then I will just have to keep the c02 high and manually remove it.

BBA loves to grow on the lower portions of the rear glass, down by the substrate in the shade. Lots of GSA down there too. I have a favorite method of removal for these hard to reach patches of BBA. Start a siphon using a small airline tube, into a bucket or whatever you choose. Reach down with the tube in your fingers and gently scrape the BBA away with the end of the tube. It should suck up whatever you scrape off, getting it out of your tank, rather than just suspended in your water column. BBA also grows on various pieces of aquasoil that arent covered with plants, i use the tube to suck these patches up as well.
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I really wish these images kept their saturation! They are nerfed, the tank looks much better in person.

Yesterday I took out what I thought was going to be only a few blyxa . . well it turned out to be a lot, so I phoned the LFS and took it up to them. Got some ottos and two different kind's of stem plant (which were in horrible condition) that were unidentified there. I am hoping someone will be able to tell me what it is! You can only see one of them in my images, the other is too short to take pics of, we will see if it grow in. But this bright red plant is already pearling in my tank. Seems like it will adapt and flourish.

I removed all the crypts to make room. It is simply amazing how many had grown into that corner, there was no room. Just a few chuncks of plants, as opposed to numerous ones like i thought there was going to be. I'll upload a pic of them from my iphone later tonight, the sheer amount of plant mass is rather impressive. Too bad they had become infested with BBA

Speaking of the BBA, the excel i ordered 8 days ago is still not here. When it arrives I can begin my assault on the algae and finally dose some CSM+B




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The shrimp are on the comeback. Numerous berried females have been sighted lately, hoping to spot some more babies in due time, It has been a few months since I have noticed any in here.
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post #110 of 178 (permalink) Old 07-02-2013, 11:57 PM
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The tank looks great, I sort of miss the crypts though. The plant is Rotala macrandra.
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post #111 of 178 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 07:09 PM
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read through this whole thing just now. Gorgeous tank and I love all the changes. One tank, many identities. I ordered the Finnex Ray II as I'm setting back up with a 20l. How are you liking it so far? I can't tell from the pics obviously, but how is the color in person? (say, compared to a standard T5HO 6500k setup)
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The plant is Rotala macrandra.
I agree. It should color up quite a bit as well.
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post #113 of 178 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank's for the replies everyone. Yes I miss the crypts as well and it was a shame the BBA took them over, pulling them out was tough.

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The macrandra is growing very quickly haha. Same with everything else, yikes. I really want to achieve that dense stem plant background. Going to be moving the anubis and rock with moss in a few days most likely.
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post #114 of 178 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a crappy picture showing some of the growth lately.... things are moving along.
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post #115 of 178 (permalink) Old 07-15-2013, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Full tank shot from this morning, right after the ray 2 turned on.

Too much blyxa! Things have started growing fast now that I am adding Excel daily to combat the BBA, which is disappearing.
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To further emphasize the rate of growth, here is a shot from just a moment ago. You can see certain stems are almost 1/2-1" taller than earlier today.

Spotted some baby shrimp as well! Despite high c02 levels the shrimp are breeding still.
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post #118 of 178 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
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rescaped the tank a bit. Took out a lot of the blyxa and trimmed everything, moved all the anubis into better locations.
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post #119 of 178 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 05:07 PM
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Great tank! Loved looking at it progress!
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post #120 of 178 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 07:22 PM
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Tank looks great! As much as i love Blyxa, i think the tank does look better without it. At least in the position it was. Great update though, cant wait to see that carpet filled in!
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