Mythin's Mr. Aqua 12 Gallon Long (Flooded 9/13/2012!) - Page 2 - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #16 of 98 (permalink) Old 05-24-2012, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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Dusted off my macro lens so I could take some pictures. My soil grain is average 1mm just to give you a size comparison. Some pictures of e. hydropiper:




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That's going to look so nice once it fills out. Good luck on growing that e. hydropiper.


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cool substrate! how much does it cost?
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Picked up my stand today and its the perfect size, maybe a half an each leeway on both sides, picked up locally for $40 bucks, definitely got lucky there. It does need to be repainted, but I may get lazy and not repaint it.

Redid the hardscape a bit, I dont know about that rock on the right still, I may move it to the back right behind the 2 main rocks, and leave it perfectly flat on the right.




Should be getting my e. hydropiper in tomorrow from tom barr, and I got some more coming in later this week too from another tpt user, man 2 golfball portions set me back $70 bucks.

Dry starting soon!
I like it like this. As you can see it is thought provoking of "why is the stone alone"? We can be alone and not feel lonely... Some of the best photographs don't follow the rules... or may be I just need to go to sleep already.
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cool substrate! how much does it cost?
The substrate was kinda pricey at 46$ plus tax for a $15 pound bag, but I have about 1/3 of that bag left, but I had just bought some for my other tank and I really liked it. I think its better than amazonia, its a lot harder to crush and turn to mud (holds its shape better), it does still break down if you crush it between some tweezers as I found out, but still holds its shape much better. Amazonia turns to mush within a year, I can see this stuff outlasting that. Also it doesnt leech ammonia like crazy like amazonia, I was able to cycle my other tank in 3 weeks or so.


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I like it like this. As you can see it is thought provoking of "why is the stone alone"? We can be alone and not feel lonely... Some of the best photographs don't follow the rules... or may be I just need to go to sleep already.
Lol, it was perhaps too thought provoking for me and I just moved it to the back right of the arrangement so I could have a nice flat grass field on the right, it did look too lonely out there all alone.
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Getting a little bit of melt from going from submerged to emerged, also getting a bit of mold/fungus where those dead leaves are, guessing a little bit is fine, it hasn't spread and the rest of the stuff looks green. Will take pictures weekly while it grows in. Got a second golf ball of hydropiper, havent planted it yet, but its going on the mountain side.
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Hey, How's the tank doing?
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Added UG / dhg belem / h. japan / s. repens to the left side.
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The e. hydropiper seems to be filling in nicely. I see a nice big patch there on the right.


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7/8/12 update:

Not much to report, more ug sprouting up, everything else spreading nicely, i added some h. japan to the left side, gonna keep pressing it down to the substrate hopefully have a nice low patch in that corner, but i may try e. triandra in that corner once i flood, dont feel like trying that one emersed.



cool rock with a split right down the middle, has a nice little valley that you cant really see from this angle.


some mini fissidens growing in slowly, right in the middle of the picture, had to break out the macro for this.

i think this is mini pellia

i love the way UG spreads


And this was really cool, so i saw a dead decomposing leaf, and out of that leaf a whole string of plantlets was growing out of it. It looks like how invitro stuff grows out, anyone know what this is called exactly?


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Progress looks great! Are you running both bulbs on it? It doesn't look like too much light for an HO and you wouldn't want to burn out your plants. Or you might be shooting at f20 for your aperture.
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For the first few pictures I was using a 50mm 1.8 with a shutter speed of like 640, for the macro, its a 100mm 2.8f and i probably set the shutter speed to 200-300 range maybe higher, its hard to hold that sucker still on a long exposure.

Also, the light is a bit dimmer, its hard to tell in the pictures, but I started using a layer of parchment paper on the acrylic glass of the t5ho light, this diffuses the light and the reflectors. And there is no risk of burning since parchment paper goes into ovens and doesnt burn. My plants WERE burning/yellowing before i did this. After I did this, i got to see a lot of good horizontal growth, and no yellowing.

I just ordered 2 new giesmann bulbs for this fixture though, the aquaflora and midday 6800k, both of those should really help with growth. These cheap oddesea fixtures are nice, but the bulbs they ship with just promote algae growth once flooded. Hoping this will both speed up the dsm time AND i should have less algae issues once i flood. I plan on making a hanging light out of it doing the bent conduit piping thing.
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god looking at all these long 12 gallons makes me drool to buy one.. I'm seriously jealous of you...
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