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post #136 of 174 (permalink) Old 10-26-2013, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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I moved this tank over to the warehouse tonight. The cypress tree is looking a little sad because my basement shop was getting awful chilly and I didn't have the most consistent light on the planting. I will keep it better lit and I hope the tree will perk up again. The fish all look good.
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post #137 of 174 (permalink) Old 10-27-2013, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
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Here's the tank in a temporary spot. As soon as I can get power to it I'm going to move it out of this corner to another wall. I thought that the planting could be a bit more full, so I added a Cyperus umbrella sedge in one more planter to the right of the cypress tree.



The bonsai tree looks all blown out against that white wall. When I move this again I will hang up that blue background with it. Now that it is in more steady and warmer conditions I hope that the tree will start to grow again.
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post #138 of 174 (permalink) Old 10-30-2013, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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I hope to get back to this thing tomorrow. It will look better when I hang up that blue background again.
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post #139 of 174 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 01:40 PM
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Still looking great, though.

Can't wait to see how it progresses.
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post #140 of 174 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Still looking great, though.

Can't wait to see how it progresses.
Thanks. It'll look better when I can get it cleaned up again.
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post #141 of 174 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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I am going to replant this tank pretty soon. The room is warmish at about 77F, but the Cephalanthus buttonbush looks like it is trying to go dormant. It has stopped growing all together and now some of the leaves are turning red. This is a northern plant that occurs here in Wisconsin and I wondered if this might happen.

I have a few various bushy plants that I can replace the buttonbush with. MaybeI'll have new pictures on the way.
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post #142 of 174 (permalink) Old 12-01-2013, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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I changed the planting a bit. I replaced the Montezuma cypress with a Chamaedorea cataractarum cat palm and the buttonbush with a Suarurus cernua lizard's tail. I think these new plants look pretty good.

This is just a crumby cell phone shot. I will try to set the tank up for better picture-taking sometime soon. It would be nice to get a couple of new leaves on the cat palm plants.

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Looking good! I have had a few ripm plants fail on me. Too flooded you think? Do you add back nutrients every so often to the soil? I cannot keep the pink on that one plant. I guess my lighting is not good enough. The one that is a tree{forget the name} with the sawtooth red edges is doing great!
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So much for riparium BONSAI...


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post #145 of 174 (permalink) Old 12-01-2013, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Looking good! I have had a few ripm plants fail on me. Too flooded you think? Do you add back nutrients every so often to the soil? I cannot keep the pink on that one plant. I guess my lighting is not good enough. The one that is a tree{forget the name} with the sawtooth red edges is doing great!
Thanks Carole!

I'll send some more plants if you want to try replanting. This week here is above average temps and good for shipping.

Do you have any recent pictures of those plants? All those plants I sent should grow fine in the water. I think you were using CFL lamps over those little tanks. Is that right? Were the bulbs relatively fresh?

Sawtooth red leaf margins sounds like Pandanus utilis. That is a fun plant. I have a houseplant potted specimen here that grew to almost 48" tall outdoors this summer and it is starting to develop nice stilt roots around the base.
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Here's a better look at the Saururus cernuus lizard's tail. I like this plant. It has grown well and it's nice and sturdy.

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Here's a quick update photo. The plants are looking pretty good. I added anohter planter with cat palm. I'd like to set it up for better picture-taking and move it to another spot without all these cords and outlets.

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Very nice riparium! It reminds me of some of the foliage along the hill streams in the mountains of Montana.
Is that an led spotlight you're using?
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post #149 of 174 (permalink) Old 02-16-2014, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks very much. You have palms in Montana?

Yep, that's a 5,000K PAR 38 LED. I got a few of them pretty cheap at Menards.
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The plants are looking great!
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