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post #286 of 299 (permalink) Old 04-20-2013, 01:01 PM
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Your persistence through all of this is truly inspiring. Great to see you are able to get to a place with this tank that makes you happy. Almost time for me to start my first lawn.
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post #287 of 299 (permalink) Old 04-20-2013, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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I like it, when the rotala grows in some more it will look even nicer.
Indeed. I'm toying with iron dosing and the height of the rotala to control the amount of red I get out of it. It doesn't show well in the pictures, but it's an almost bronze color right now. It's quite nice.

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Wow the HC carpet
That carpet has given me more headaches than I care to say. I've finally learned how to trim it right, though. Trimming and good CO2 are things that HC definitely requires and they must be done right.

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Your persistence through all of this is truly inspiring. Great to see you are able to get to a place with this tank that makes you happy. Almost time for me to start my first lawn.
Thank you! I'm so very glad that the tank has come to this stage as well. I almost considered tearing it down completely at one point due to frustration. Just goes to show that a little bit of hard work and perseverance can pay off very well. Make sure you get enough to start your first lawn when you do. Densely planting with carpet plants from the get-go is a great way to give yourself a head start and to avoid problems.
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post #288 of 299 (permalink) Old 04-20-2013, 11:26 PM
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practice makes perfect... sometimes its worth just getting rid of the distractions and judt focus on growing the plants better. I wish I can do that. but I always want something thats aesthetically pleasing to me. even if I get frustrated trying to get it right...
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All of these scapes have made me a better human being, thank you...
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post #290 of 299 (permalink) Old 04-21-2013, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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practice makes perfect... sometimes its worth just getting rid of the distractions and just focus on growing the plants better. I wish I can do that. but I always want something that's aesthetically pleasing to me. even if I get frustrated trying to get it right...
Aesthetics and healthy planted tanks go hand-in-hand. The rock was just an algae magnet and far too disproportionate for this poor tank in my case. You should have seen the crater that it made from removing it! Ridiculously huge. I had to add a good amount of powder type soil back to the tank to level it out. Good thing about the plant mass and well-established biofilter in that tank is that I didn't have to keep the fish and shrimp out while waiting for the ammonia to leach out of the soil. It handled itself. Only real issue was a little bit of GDA on the glass and that's easy peasy.

Just try to look at the long term in making a scape. If it doesn't look right in your mind then it it's probably not going to look right in the end result either. Also realize that a freshly planted tank is going to have some dings in it. I've been working with the HC/E. parvula carpet for months. I've been working with the E. acicularis for just as long. The rotala has been worked on in the past couple of month as well. All that's been done to it is about 15 stems or so at the initial planting and the rest was trimming and letting rogue stems grow horizontal to the substrate. This is a very quick and easy way to make rotala bushy or to propagate new plants.

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All of these scapes have made me a better human being, thank you...
Thank you for the comment! I'm glad they have inspired you.
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post #291 of 299 (permalink) Old 04-21-2013, 03:19 PM
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whats the name of your main stem plant in the middle?
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whats the name of your main stem plant in the middle?
It's Rotala rotundifolia.
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post #293 of 299 (permalink) Old 05-19-2013, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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A little bit of an update I suppose. I mowed the carpet down in a thread a little while ago detailing how to trim and what you should expect it to look like afterwards. You can see here that it's already grown back in and starting to thicken again. Also, I present...

Freph's Rotala Bush o' Doom. It'll be getting trimmed up here shortly.

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looks great, very natural.

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Nice thicket!
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post #296 of 299 (permalink) Old 08-12-2013, 10:17 PM
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any updates?

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post #297 of 299 (permalink) Old 08-13-2013, 04:26 AM
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Great to see you've turned the corner, Freph!
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post #298 of 299 (permalink) Old 08-13-2013, 04:29 AM Thread Starter
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any updates?
Just some algae on the glass. My CO2 ran out. Oops.

HC, hairgrass and rotala as healthy as ever.
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post #299 of 299 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 03:36 AM
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For the Rotala, when you trim the plant, do you replant the tops? I'm trying to get a ball-shape for my Rotala, but it just spits out new stems.



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