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post #136 of 154 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 04:28 AM
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TY for keeping my plants alive.

Now, go back and split each DHG bunch 3 more ways. Chop chop

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post #137 of 154 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 05:46 AM
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Looking really good. I really like red tiger lotus but always looked out of place in my tank and it's not a easy plant to work into a scape.

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TY for keeping my plants alive.

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Looking really good. I really like red tiger lotus but always looked out of place in my tank and it's not a easy plant to work into a scape.
I always had that problem to but for some reason it just works in that spot!!

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post #139 of 154 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Did a little trimming on my faster growing stems, noticed some algae in the back corners so raised the cfls a little and decided to check my lighting hours...

I had been running 12 hours!!! It's a miracle I don't have more algae!! So cut it back to 8 hours

Next month should have enough for a second led.. However after watching this build...
Typhon controlled full spectrum multi cannon build (PAR data up!)

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Looking pretty good there NWA. I like your idea for the internal filter and it looks like your plants appreciate it too. Can't wait for that grass to grow in. If my tank's up and running by the time your tiger lotus has outgrown its welcome I'll take it off your hands. Until that time, don't be afraid to be ruthless with trimming it. Cutting back the leaves racing for the surface will help keep it growing low.

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Looking pretty good there NWA. I like your idea for the internal filter and it looks like your plants appreciate it too. Can't wait for that grass to grow in. If my tank's up and running by the time your tiger lotus has outgrown its welcome I'll take it off your hands. Until that time, don't be afraid to be ruthless with trimming it. Cutting back the leaves racing for the surface will help keep it growing low.
Thank you Sir! I have two in there... Let me know when your ready for one

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I second the idea of splitting the bunches in half again. It takes a long time to get established, but when it does it grows quickly. Especially in substrates like what you have.

How're your PO4 levels looking?


If you can spare the cash, Marineland makes a mod for maxi-jets to turn the pump into a more gentle circulation machine akin to Korallias. That might be a good option for you since you've already got the pump. Google Maxi Jet Circulation Pump.

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I second the idea of splitting the bunches in half again. It takes a long time to get established, but when it does it grows quickly. Especially in substrates like what you have.

How're your PO4 levels looking?


If you can spare the cash, Marineland makes a mod for maxi-jets to turn the pump into a more gentle circulation machine akin to Korallias. That might be a good option for you since you've already got the pump. Google Maxi Jet Circulation Pump.
Guess I will be doing some gardening tomorrow

As far as the PO4, not sure, don't have anything to test that... But currently dosing via the ei method so should have plenty

I actually have the circulation attachment for it, however not only is it SUPER loud makes it like a 1200gph circulation head... Which was overkill in my 125, it would turn this one into a whirlpool lol

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Hands off my lotus

Check out Hydor Flo, ~$9.

PS: it is still a secret, but I am thinking of using lotus as a centerpiece in my new 24" cube. Sort of like a flower arrangement in a vase.

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Hands off my lotus

Check out Hydor Flo, ~$9.

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I will check that out! On that note how can you propagate tiger Lotus?

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...how can you propagate tiger Lotus?
It propagates itself in several ways: a) via short runners b) bulbs at the roots c) via seeds after flowereing
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NWA, I asked about PO4 because of the Staghorn I saw in the tank. It would be worth a test to see what your P and N are at. I ran into some serious algae issues dosing standard EI in a 75 with new AS for the first four months or so. Turns out that stuff puts out a lot more nutrients into the water than I anticipated so my levels were WAAAAAAY out of whack.

Super noisy as in you can hear it across the room noisy?

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I will definitely have to check that... My last substrate was inert, over supply of nutrients hadn't crossed my mind..

And yes that loud :-/

I will just invest in a little korila nano

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These tanks are so nice. I'm here fawning over it.

Wonderful job and I'm in love with your internal sump (ideas, ideas), loving the plants too. I definitely want one of those as my next project.
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These tanks are so nice. I'm here fawning over it.

Wonderful job and I'm in love with your internal sump (ideas, ideas), loving the plants too. I definitely want one of those as my next project.
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