Plugs are adapting to emerged state with production of lighter colored leaves and previous plantings in the rear center continues to spread. Finally some forward moving progress. Hoping for possible flooding before the end of the year.
I've hit a bump in the road! My Fugeray had gone on the fritz on Thankgiving day. The fixture starts continuously blinking when the lights come on. Don't think the HC can handle flashing light sources (could be wrong but don't want to chance it with the time I've invested in this tank so far).
Went out to Lowes and picked up a pair of clamp lamps and 23w 6500k CFLs. The photo period cycle is the same (6hrs on/4hrs off/6hrs on/8hrs off). Hope the light source change doesn't effect the growth progress adversely.
After 3 weeks of CFL lighting, returned back to my repaired Finnex Fugeray LED this week. A big mahalo to Finnex for standing by their product even after the warranty had past. Noticed newer planted plugs continuing to "plump" up and slowly expand. Also observed some "erect" shoots from some of the plugs. The previous plantings in the center displayed some die off but continues to spread outward with new growth. Hopefully the return to original LED lighting will bring the die off areas back. Not long now.
Finally flooded today! With a slow fill, water was clear and substrate sloping remained intact when flooding was completed. Moved the CO2 inline atomizer/diffuser to the intake line for more efficent saturation. Reduced lighting cycle to 5hrs on/6hrs off/5hrs on/8hrs off and syncronized lighting to CO2 solenoid. A little difficulty with getting the canister filter fully primed but when the 2213 was operating normally, had to throttle the output. When the HC was submerged, observed alot of "pearling". The wait was worth it! The next update will probably be after the 1st trim.
Pic of equipment layout change with inline CO2 atomizer placed between intake glass pipe and double tap connector. Theory with this CO2 injection layout is contact time is maximized and pump impeller will boost atomizing process before the CO2 enters the tank. "Burping" (build up and release of trapped CO2 bubbles) has been observed but very infrequent. This can probably be controlled by the needle valve on the CO2 regulator. With this hopefully more efficient method of CO2 saturation as opposed to glass diffusers in the tank will require a rate of CO2 >bps 1. Comments are welcome.
Super Bowl Sunday update. The spaces between the plugs are quickly being filled in with HC runners shooting out in all directions. Removed some H. glomeratus sprouts that have piggybacked in w/ the HC plugs. Have been dosing with Excel every other day to keep algae growth in check. HC pearling continues even during light off periods. The CO2 inline diffuser feeding into the canister filter seems to be working with minimal CO2 micro bubble misting and burping. Plan to intro some wild Neos this week to adjust CO2 conc levels and do some trimming.
The HC continues to fill in gaps on the sloped areas, and the area in the back center where there was a melt during the DSM period shows signs of recovery. Stopped Excel dosing last week and now a small algae bloom has popped up.
Tweaked the CO2 injection and now set @ 1 bubble every 7 sec or 0.15bps and the outflow double tap set @ 40% closed. The HC is pearling like crazy and any light irregular burping has been eliminated. The vigorous pearling and light presence of swirling CO2 micro bubbles is a beautiful sight in person but is not visible in pics.
Added about 15 berried wild Neos this week (caught in a local stream) after a single wild Neo from another tank was put in last week (biomonitor for CO2 levels).
Considering a school of harlequin rasboras and a small grouping of Pseudomugil sp. May add a small stand of Crypto. willisii next to the single stone in the front center. Any comments welcome.
Great carpet Beast! Have you trimmed it yet? Every time I trim my tank, I find myself netting out the trimming for the next couple of weeks. Then it's time to trim it again. I need to find some kind of underwater lawnmower with a collection bag on it. lol. Keep up the updates!