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post #151 of 169 (permalink) Old 05-25-2012, 08:56 PM
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Who says Staurogyne repens is too big to look proportional as a carpet plant in a nano? This looks amazing, and I bet it looks even better now -- update time!

Also -- is there even substrate where the UG has popped up? This gives me an idea.

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post #152 of 169 (permalink) Old 05-25-2012, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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It's nothing special right now, as I haven't trimmed it this week.

Here's a quick cellphone pic, with gross color rendering, of course:



Will trim and update this weekend.

Nope, nothing where the UG popped up. First appeared beneath the acrylic of the lamp and then started spreading.It's now sending out runners like crazy and is growing on the side of the tank and on the surface of the water.

My favorite mat of UG ever was on the side of a breeder net. For some reason, it spread like wildfire and really seemed to enjoy taking root on that fine mesh.
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Here's the Ebi before maintenance:



Frogbit roots hanging down in the front of the tank look almost alien.

Here's hoping I actually get to the maintenance thing this weekend.
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The tank looks fantastic, and the Staurogyne even more so! That's awesome!

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This tank remains one of my favorites. Have to do weekly S. repens trims (and have it for sale, currently) and can't even begin to tell you how frequently I have to trim the Bacopa. It's a hot mess.

Have tried to culture some green algae on the rocks but only a tiny bit remains. Every time I get a bunch going, the Ramshorns and Yellow Shrimp (yep, they eat it occasionally) clean it all up. Have even tried to culture algae on the sides of the tank to see if I could deter them from nomming the rocks clean but no dice - they eat both.

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There's a ton of UG growing from the spray bar. Suppose I should remove it at some point.

Finally think I'll have time in a couple weeks to order more Boraras brigittae and Otos from Rachel. Excitement!
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I like the UG caught up in the light at the surface, it looks good. I have some Riccia that attached to my driftwood right at the surface and it's very hard to pull off, strange for a plant that you have to tie to everything.

This tank looks nice and it's a shame the V. nana never made it into the tank.
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Thanks.

Most days, the Bacopa in the back is breaking the surface of the water and the S. repens is completely carpeted. Have to trim both so frequently it's almost annoying.

That floating feeding ring contraption I've got at the front of the tank has been a lifesaver for floaters, too.
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Still looking good man - love your tank. Do you currently have no fish post heater incident? I love the look of the chili rasboras - I will be getting some as well. You reccommend them so much and when I have seen them in person they seem more active than CPDs.

I am still trying to think of a second plant species to put in a back corner of my Ebi....thoughts on that?
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Still fish-free. Gonna order in a week or two.

Just have about 50 Yellow Neos and a bunch of snails.

Just about any stem would be great. Ludwigia or Bacopa - could keep them trimmed at differing heights. But those are just two options.
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looks great! i love the carpet you have there!!

aww porr you!! cant get algae to grow! you must be soooo sad! lololllllll
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Oh, I can grow algae!

Just not the pretty stuff.
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What do you think of adding Syngonanthus sp. 'Belem' to the background, S.repens to the midground in front of it, and eriocaulon parkeri around the S.repens while keeping a close foreground carpet?

Do the scale of any of those plants seem off?
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Syngonanthus sp. 'Belem' could look cool depending upon the scale you're going for.
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Weird. Have gotten three messages about this in a day. So I'll answer publicly.

Folks always ask how I dose ferts for smaller tanks. I use these 16oz bottles that have a graduated measurement section in 5ml increments.

Put in dry ferts (I use a fert calculator like this one to determine proper amounts), add RO/DI/distilled water, pour in the exact amount of ferts my tanks need.

No need to spend a mountain of cash for ferts if you're already on a budget.
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