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post #31 of 94 (permalink) Old 12-21-2012, 05:36 AM
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Absolutely awesome.

Very curious how your setup will fare. That has a very reefer feel to it. Keep us updated.

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post #32 of 94 (permalink) Old 12-21-2012, 12:57 PM
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Sososososo cool.
The wood in the front left side needs a ton of moss covering, with crypt and anubias coming out of the moss
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Ideally I would love to have the rear center be overtaken with varied tall stem growth - (right now I'm having a darwinistic showdown of the stems back there.) The left log will be covered in anubias and moss (still thinking on what species of moss - Xmas / flame / weeping). The rear left corner will house a dense brush of crypts and java fern.

May be a long shot - but I'd like the right side of the tank to remain relatively open. I'm hoping that the DHG fills in and forms a sparse carpet. Aand...the front left side will be planted with water shamrock (Marsilea quadrifolia).

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I like the addition of the new moss! Although I think it would look a little more natural if it wasn't completely covered.
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Agreed, a lot of it isn't making good contact with the tree and will most likely die off - I'm hoping nature will take its course and the moss will get thinned back to a natural level.
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Planted some Marsilea Quad - still in terrestrial form. The rear left corner has been filled with crypts and java ferns.





And the ram - love these guys

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Clover is taking over







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How are you keeping the moss on the wood alive? High humidty in the room or is water creeping all the way up the log?
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post #39 of 94 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 07:09 PM
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The return from the filter is split, an airline lifts some water to the top of the wood.

Looks like Oxalis to me, not clover. The weedy ones around here have pretty yellow flowers. Might flower for you even inside considering how persistent it is outside anywhere in the garden!

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I just looked up Oxalis and you're spot on Kathy. Sometimes I'm 10 years old when it comes to plant ID. Sort of looks like a 4 leaf clover? Must be a 3 leaf clover.

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This is really neat.

I look forward to seeing how the moss does growing on the wood. That Marsilea will also grow on wood in its emersed form if it has just a bit of soft punky wood or moss to hold onto.

For a setup with the light source so far away from the bottom substrate and with those low tech plants I would suggest that it's not really necessary to use a topsoil underlayer. The benefits that the plants will get from extra nutrients might be limited. It might become advantageous if those underwater plants spread a lot.
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post #42 of 94 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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I ended up plopping a sprig of Marsilea ontop - we'll see if it can defeat the Oxalis

Red root floaters in the sump are doing well:


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You have any shots of the Darwinian battle of the stems?
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You have any shots of the Darwinian battle of the stems?
Here's a comparison shot from 12/16 - 12/29 showing the growth. I'm happy with the node spacing, and so far all the stems are keeping pace. The rotala indica has the upper hand as it started with higher numbers. In the second shot the lights have just come on - so many of the leaves are still in their nocturnal state.
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