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post #31 of 87 (permalink) Old 08-23-2013, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Lotus making a nice side shoot


Dwarf sags already sending out runners



Wisteria switching to submersed growth


Some Crypt melt...


...making way for some new growth


Rotala growing towards the lights, not sure if I'll get much red out of them but still a nice plant


New Anubias leaves

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Nice selection of plants and the tank is coming along nicely.
You might want to cut off decaying leaves (crypts and others) - less decay and less un-accounted for nutrients coming into the tank.

Rosy loaches would feel right at home http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...nilus-sp-rosy/

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Thank you! I removed some of the dead crud I noticed after snapping the pics.

For whatever reason the rosy doesn't look that attractive to me...
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Cycle coming along nicely. Nitrite practically spiked overnight! Ammonia still hovering around 2 ppm.
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You tank looks great. Thanks for the close up pictures. I love to see the growth. I've had Dwarf Sag and Lotus in MGOCPM before that the growth is awesome.

Enjoy. =)
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Same here, a big reason why I went with the plants again!
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Love the wood. Your choice of plants really make the landscape look like a "under river side by the root of the tree" kind of feel.
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Thanks! Good to hear my tank has a "feel" to it...I tend to just plant haphazardly without much thought.
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You tank looks great. Thanks for the close up pictures. I love to see the growth. I've had Dwarf Sag and Lotus in MGOCPM before that the growth is awesome.

Enjoy. =)
Yup dwarf sag is about as hardy of a foreground as you can get...

I just wish it was a bit smaller because in those tanks less the 20 gallons they are almost mid-ground to background sized

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I've had some carpet really well with MGOCPM under CFL lighting in a 10g, may have ended up being more light than the LED+ but we'll see what happens with the runners. There's a little bit of melt on the older plants now.
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Did some more tidying up.

Getting a bit worried about the Rotala. I woke up to find some stems floating, probably because the bottoms were beginning to rot. Either I was too careless when planting and they were damaged or they aren't getting enough light since it seemed to be the ones towards the back. Another possibility is that they were too close to the heater...or still adjusting. I don't really know at this point. Replanted the larger ones a bit more delicately so we'll see if it continues to be a problem.

The Vals also seems to be struggling a bit. I got them from my LFS so they weren't all that nice looking to begin with, but they are a bit shaded too in the back. I suppose it could be the Excel, but I've never once seen them be affected by it.

The newer dwarf sag growth on the older plants looks to be bending over more instead of shooting straight up first. Which is good, I like that look.
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Just found this little bugger. Been manually adding some miniscule pond/bladder and MTS from some ROAK moss I received, but not sure where this guy has been hiding thus far. Gotta love free hitchhikers!



Real trooper too. The 50% change helped lower nitrite to around 0.50-1.0 ppm, ammonia to about 1.0-2.0 ppm but impressive that they've survived the spikes so far.
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I bought some ludwigia and some other plants but my light is take a little longer than I thought! My plants are looking kinda bad right now. Errr
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Some new pics!

Cycle is getting there...kinda hard to tell. Nitrite spiked this week and is now down to about 0.25 ppm but I forgot to test before the 50% change so in theory it dropped down to about 1 ppm. Nitrate showing 10 ppm after the change but was adding KNO3 too so even at 20 ppm not sure how much was from the cycle itself. Gunna let it bottom out then add some NH3 again and see what happens. Honestly never had to cycle a planted tank from scratch so the whole plant-effect is something I've never had to account for either.

Driftwood seems to be sinking now! But it doesn't quite sit how I want it to yet so the rock remains for now.

Reconsidering the P. furcatus now after reading they only live about 2 years max and I'm not ready to breed them yet. Any suggestions for not-so-normal schoolers that have a lot of color? Something that isn't your average tetra/barb/rasbora but not super difficult to find. Also with a longer lifespan ideally since that's why I'm not getting the furcatus. I've kept M. praecox before but would love to try something different too!



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Some pics on the dawn/dusk setting.



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