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post #46 of 60 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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It's been awhile since I updated this one. A few things have changed, chain sword is gone, the vals got trimmed. The vals new leaves have more spiral to them, most of the original ones weren't doing as good, an starting to fade. Added a Nana petite, an some more moss. I'm going to replace the java fern with the big leaves with something smaller. The dwarf sag is hardly growing as far as I can tell.

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post #47 of 60 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 03:11 AM
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The plants are looking great, brion0. The vals are especially healthy! I love this tank.

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I see a fish I know! LOL Your tank is looking great! I know the low tech doesn't give you the instant gratification with lots of fast growth, but I think it is actually more of a chalange. I like the low tech tanks a little better myself. I was going to ask you about a update on this tank. Now I don't have too. LOL Keep up the great work.
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The plants are looking great, brion0. The vals are especially healthy! I love this tank.
Thanks sewingalot, the vals look healthy cause I cut any leaves that weren't off.

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I see a fish I know! LOL Your tank is looking great! I know the low tech doesn't give you the instant gratification with lots of fast growth, but I think it is actually more of a chalange. I like the low tech tanks a little better myself. I was going to ask you about a update on this tank. Now I don't have too. LOL Keep up the great work.
Yes, they seem to be doing great, the females reflection is on the glass by the vals. Low tech is a really nice way to keep a planted tank. When I look at this tank the fish are what I'm watching. Might glance at the plants, looking to see if they have any bad leaves, an note how the algae is doing. But since things change so slow in this tank, its easy to just enjoy watching the fish do there thing. In the 29 things change every day. An I obsess over how to control the plants an algae, some times I have to clear my head an enjoy the fish for a few minutes. 3 of the 4 tanks I have are low tech, the 20L is doing the best out of the 3, no algae to speak of, an healthy plants that grow good, its about 1.75 wpg.
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Yes, they seem to be doing great, the females reflection is on the glass by the vals. Low tech is a really nice way to keep a planted tank. When I look at this tank the fish are what I'm watching. Might glance at the plants, looking to see if they have any bad leaves, an note how the algae is doing. But since things change so slow in this tank, its easy to just enjoy watching the fish do there thing. In the 29 things change every day. An I obsess over how to control the plants an algae, some times I have to clear my head an enjoy the fish for a few minutes. 3 of the 4 tanks I have are low tech, the 20L is doing the best out of the 3, no algae to speak of, an healthy plants that grow good, its about 1.75 wpg.
I know what you mean about the fish. That is what got me started and then I got into the plants to benifit the fish. I like being able to look over at my 55 and see all the fish swimming in there. It is relaxing.
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Congrats on the new babies!
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Why is it that work keeps people from updating their threads? LOL Inquiring minds want to know what is going on with the tanks!
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The tank has not been dong to hot. Algae problems not to long after I set it up. Ran the light at a low photo period for months, till the pants started to fade. Now I bumped it up, a will go up more soon. The plants are starting to do much better, an algae is at bay.
Thinking of adding a few more fish. Ill post a pic in a couple weeks. Have been busy working an enjoying the good weather. Summer time so Im more into catching fish, an the fishing is good here in south east Idaho.
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This tank still looks bad. Almost all the ferns died. Some of the plants have started to recover. The moss has suffered, think it may have a deficancy maybe posphate. I am at a loss as to what to do. I did add a few fish, I might add a couple more. An also im thinking of more Anubius.
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Its been a long time since I posted a photo of this tank. It has realy been in bad shape.
I added sunset to it in hopes that it would help on th algae problem. A few weeks ago it was so bad that the plants were getting choked out by it. So I oded it with Excel, waited a week an did it again. The plants are starting to come around, putting on new leaves an such. Killed so much algea that it caused a bit of a bacteria bloom from it decomposing. Its just about cleared up now, been changing 50% of the water every week.

So here it is, not much of a improvement in a year, hoping another year an it will be better.

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"So here it is, not much of a improvement in a year, hoping another year an it will be better."

I think it looks GREAT! BTW: I really like the pink color of the Sunset Hygro! It's one of my favorite stem plants...
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It looks great, just need some closer pics. That way I can see the fish. LOL
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I think it looks GREAT! BTW: I really like the pink color of the Sunset Hygro! It's one of my favorite stem plants...
Thanks demonbreedr.

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It looks great, just need some closer pics. That way I can see the fish. LOL
Hey Tim, thanks, your fish are dong good. They are busy spawning right now, havent seen them much so I think thats what they are up to.
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I like the large rock pile on the right, looks good!

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post #60 of 60 (permalink) Old 11-19-2009, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks JakeJ. Heres a photo of it.

The tank is finaly doing better. The plants are growing! Thats a big improvement, used to be "I think the plants are diying", lol.



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