LOL guys. Chad sells this crypt, go stalk him. Tell him I said "Hi!"
WOW LOOKING GREAT!!!!
SHRIMP ARE SUPER YELLOW!!! AWESOME!!! I need to go back and read the last few pages that I have missed being gone soo much this summer! But been up all nite with upset stomach, so I'm a bit tired now!
Looking Great !!!
Hi Drew! Hope today has you feeling better. Nothing like the old plumbing issues to screw up your night. My yellows are fed algae, they do well because it's the equivalent of Pop-Eye's Spinach.
Nice. I'm going to have to go through your journal to see the results of this. The algae definitely wiped out some of my plants. Luckily, my algae situation has gotten better now and it keeps my ottos very fat and happy so I don't mind it as much anymore.
Oooooh would you hook me up with the Hydrocotyle sp 'Japan' too if you have more to spare?
I can give you some java fern in exchange. I have 3 kinds that you can choose from
I found once I accepted algae as a part of the life cycle, I enjoyed my tanks a lot more. In the 55, I only have occasional spot algae or a tuft or two of clado. If you gathered it all up it seriously wouldn't surmount to a 1/2 teaspoon. I'm pretty happy. The otos are great workers.
I'm up for trades, but not in this heat. It won't be until it breaks that could be weeks or months away. Apparently, we are having record breaking heat. I walk outside and feel like this:
What are you dosing now after all your experiments Sara? I'm scared to dose my tanks because whenever I start I end up getting algae.
I'll grab second place in line for some crypt runners, and downoi and hydrocotyle sp. japan (and whatever else is growing out of control for you like your stems
) . I lost my hydrocotyle when I lost my stem plants.
We will have too do a trade again, even though I don't know if I have anything different... I could use a thinning on my crypts sometime.
See above on trades. PM me in a few months, like fall. Want to feel annoyed with me? As an experiment, I put about $50 worth of downoi in my super low lit tank and am currently watching it wither away to nothing. Oops.
As far as dosing - some are solely substrate like the 15 gallon of goodies. The 55 is 99% substrate with a boost of water column dosing sporadically, maybe a few times a month. One is just fish poo since the lights are pathetic and not much more than microsword, subwassertang, hornwort, hydrocotyle and moss live there. And lots of diatoms that I like to scrape off and toss into the 55 to watch the ottos go into a feeding frenzy.
Honestly, every tank is different depending on maintenance, lighting co2, etc. Trying to use a particular fertilizer in one tank may not work for another. What are your problems? Is the growth slow, deficient or is it just the algae? Sit down think about what are the main issues and we can go from there.
great updates!!! I don't know HOW i missed your previous one either! I too am in love with that crypt and would like to formally put my name in line to receive a runner if ever you have enough that you are willing to part with some (don't part with the whole plant, it adds a really nice bit of color and contrast where it is situated in your tank!!!)
Also the moss wall is looking FANTASTIC!!! DO NOT TOUCH IT!!! LOL It's really looking great, I can't believe how evenly it's growing in! LOVE IT!
And boy do I love those shrimpies!!! They are SOOOOO yellow now! GORGEOUS.
I really like that hydrocotyle that vicki was commenting on too but last time you sent me some it didn't fair well in my tanks for some reason. Sigh. maybe once I get the stocking up higher in the 10 and/or 30g so there is more natural fertilizer I will try it again, might have grown too fast for the amount of nutrients in my tank. Not sure.
Anyway, the tank is looking outstanding
Thanks for the updates! love them!
Kara, I have lots of babies with your name on it of various crypts and some shrimpers for the fall. I'll take your death of hydrocotyle and match it with the hygro you sent me.
Did you ever trim your wall? I'm hearing some do and others don't. I plan to extend the java wall as I get babies. I'm have another few new ideas up my sleeve that I'm hoping will work out. If so, it will be epic.