Na...your wrong...it is beautiful right now. And later it will be just like you said..."Da Bomb!"
Awe thanks Amanda! I'm working hard on it, believe me. I've incrementally increased the dosing and am keeping a watch out for any algae issues. But my CO2 is racing along and things are doing great. Now we just have to sit back and enjoy the view.
for someone with a lileopsis carpet as awesome as that, ill forgive more than just a few bubbles in the water column.
Hahaha. Well it does make the picture very cloudy and the water is actually quite clear. I love that Purigen! To be honest @marko@, I don't know where to go from here! Of course I'm going to do a big trim, but I also need to figure out (a) if I should leave this current scape alone and let it mature or (b) do something more with the background? I have a love/hate relationship with the needle leaf Java fern. I seems to enjoy throwing off plantlets and it becomes irritating after a while and makes the plant look messy. But generally its a very nice plant. SMH. Anyway, thanks for the kind words...I'm going to try and post some better pictures in the future with the CO2 off.
Well I finally could stand it no more and did a hack job on everything. I noticed that I had begun seeing some algae on the NLJ and chopped it off, and after consulting the sage wisdom of my friends a AquaForest Aquarium, realized that I had been under dosing K by half! OMG! So I doubled up on it and lo and behold the NLF started pearling. Plus I bumped up the CO2 a little. Finally the lilaeopsis got a haircut and I cleaned out a bunch of detritus in the substrate (not as much as I'd like but it was a serious cleaning) and then did a 70% water change. Boy do things look better now! I've been trying to get my hot little hands on a bunch of NLJ but so far - nothing. It's dry out there for this plant! So I'm going to plant a bunch of c. Parva between the lilaeopsis and my seriu stones to create a better sense of a mid-ground, along with some more anubias nana and maybe coffefolia (for between the rocks) and perhaps some another low profile plant. Any suggestions (if anyone is actually reading this anymore, lol)??!! I was getting kind of tired of the lack of dynamism in this layout so more plants are on order for 2013!! I've also decided to treat myself and buy the multicontroller for my lights which will eliminate the clutter of power bricks and cables substantially. It is entirely over priced IMHO but hey, I deserve it. Hahaha.
Of course what would any update be without photographs!? As you can see I'm still terrible at photography and the damned lilaeopsis keeps switching from yellowish to darker green whenever I zoom in (where it shows its true, darker green color). I need to get me a smokey or black background I think? The FTS:
Beautiful tank, nice work on challenging carpet. I did a Parva carpet that took 2 years to get it from bad to acceptable to impressive. The patience thing is hands down the toughest part of the game.
I am to planning launch either a 90p or a 75p in the not so distant future. In some of your previous posts you seem to feel that a single GRO beam 1000 did not give adequate coverage with your 90p. In your opinion would a single tile drive the slightly smaller 75p properly for "high light". I am an experienced high tech tank guy, so I'm not intimidated by "big" lights (ah, the algae wars I have fought...), but I would love to nail either of these tanks spot on with a great led system.