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post #1096 of 1323 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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hope that flower spike makes it to the surface. maybe youd want to lower your water level and inch or two?
Me too; at this rate, it will be up there by Tue-Wed. Really cool, I've just never let it grow out before.

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Interested in seeing what the flower looks like.

I miss the red too!
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It's looking good, it looks like your water change bucket (glass bowl) would make a nice nano aquarium too.
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Interested in seeing what the flower looks like.

I miss the red too!
Me too, hopefully it will bloom this week like I said. Working on getting the red back with more Fe and this R. colorata

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It's looking good, it looks like your water change bucket (glass bowl) would make a nice nano aquarium too.
Thanks! Haha, I've been using that for almost two years now and it does a good job. It's about 1 gallon so it's a good way to determine approximately how much water I'm taking out.

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higher light and higher CO2 will also help bring out the red more. you might want to lower the light closer to the tank and up your CO2 (if your shrimp can handle it).
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higher light and higher CO2 will also help bring out the red more. you might want to lower the light closer to the tank and up your CO2 (if your shrimp can handle it).
Awesome. I'm noticing some red in the most recently propagated stems. If I can pull it off correctly, it might look like a soft reddish-orange sunset in the distance behind the mountainous scape.

I'll up the CO2. Lowering the light is tricky because I can't get my hands in (which, I mean, I don't need to do often, but can be tricky when it comes water change time) and I always seem to get some nasty algae when I do so...

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Some nice PFRs were posing for me. Also a new batch of babies hatched a few days ago, I neglected to mention that in the last update.


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Yeah, my R. colorata is coming in green too. Which is weird, because I have tons of light, CO2, and iron. >.>


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Yeah, my R. colorata is coming in green too. Which is weird, because I have tons of light, CO2, and iron. >.>
Hmmm, weird. Mine is beginning to turn reddish orange and I haven't added any extra Fe or anything yet. I upped CO2 a tad.

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Some nice PFRs were posing for me. Also a new batch of babies hatched a few days ago, I neglected to mention that in the last update.

It looks like their getting ready to fight, nice photo work! I like the algae on the rocks too, it makes the tank look more natural.

My R. colorata stays fairly green and only get color near the light or when stressed but it is in Flourite mixed with inert river stone so it's not the ideal substrate.
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So relieved you haven't scraped the algae off those rocks.

It really makes the tank.
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It looks like their getting ready to fight, nice photo work! I like the algae on the rocks too, it makes the tank look more natural.

My R. colorata stays fairly green and only get color near the light or when stressed but it is in Flourite mixed with inert river stone so it's not the ideal substrate.
Thanks for the critique! Taken with my D7000 using a macro extension ring at ISO 800. Surprised at how well this rig performs at such a high ISO!

Interesting. I'll post shots of the red stems of it tonight if I can find a few minutes.

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So relieved you haven't scraped the algae off those rocks.

It really makes the tank.
Thanks Jake! I like the light green stuff, the dark green dust not so much. It's harder to get off, unfortunately.

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Did you ever get my PM on the WK idea?
I did! I'm not typically this backed up with PMs... I replied to ya

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I'm continuing to be impressed by this Rotala colorata. It's growing thick, fast, and increasingly red. I did the usual Friday evening water change and glass cleaning and took shots both right after the water change and then later in the evening. Suggestions are welcomed, in fact, begged of you









I want to really hear your critiques and suggestions so I can determine all of my possible choices from here. I have a nice idea for how I want to trim this colorata and I will post a rendering of it soon. Enjoy!

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