|03-06-2014 09:52 PM|
The macrandra was loosing it's lower growth from some phosphate deficiencies which have since been corrected. As you can see from my photos I have yet to master consistent growth with my macrandra and magenta. Not enough traces? Not enough phosphate? Too much nitrate from dosing it to combat some growth issues with the colorata on the left? Perhaps it's a number of things.... I'm dosing more daily with traces and more heavily with phosphates while keeping the nitrates lower . . . c02 has been bumped with the additional t5's as well.
Only time will tell!
|03-06-2014 09:44 PM|
First day of quad t5
Zoomed ultra sun (6500k)
Zoomed flora sun (5000k ?)
Zoomed ultra sun
Aquatic life 10,000k
Should solve some spectrum issues I may have been suffering from having only white light before.
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|02-13-2014 12:11 AM|
|Asu1776||Thanks. I'm hoping to breed an RCS population like roaches. Tank is looking good there. LUSH rotala growth I must say. How are the stems fairing near the substrate? I went to AFA in SF. In one of their display tanks, they had stems about 2 feet high with 6 inches of good growth and the rest full of rotty old stems. Nice string of bubbles behind the macrandra.|
|02-12-2014 11:55 PM|
The rasboras exhibit a lot of natural behavior in this tank, unlike any other fish I have kept before. The males face off and swim adjacent one and other with fins tense and colors vibrant. A pair have spawned once, but the eggs didnt seem to last where they put them.
I started with 13 but somehow there is only 10 in the tank. I can recall two deaths but the third is a mystery. I plan on adding perhaps 8-11 more to fill out the tank.
Never noticed any predation on the RCS, the population has plateaued for the last year. Currently I can see many berried shrimp within the tank, but dont see many babies. Keep in mind I don't have any mesh over my inlet, most of the water is takin in at the surface through the skimmer, which usually has a small amount of debris around it to keep the shrimp from going up and over. The rest is sucked through the bottom behind all of the stems.
Still tuning my fertz, heres a picture from today. My friend has a 29" 4x24w T5HO aquaticlife fixture that he going to let me use , does anyone recommend what bulbs I should throw into it? I currently use geissman midday and a 10,00k, figured i would order an aquaflora bulb and some even redder bulb.
|02-10-2014 10:26 PM|
|Asu1776||Awesome tank! Love the round mound bush look you got going with your rotala. I planned one mixing some harlequin rasboras and RCS. Notice any significant predation or is the cover you have enough for the shrimps? They look pretty peaceful all together.|
|02-10-2014 09:45 PM|
It's getting there
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|01-29-2014 06:59 AM|
|parrottbay||Looks awesome, congrats. Got any Macranda left over?|
|01-29-2014 01:41 AM|
Synaethetic's 20g aquascape
Did some trimming today , finally getting this scape to where I want it
|01-23-2014 02:06 AM|
Here's a better shot to emphasize the rotala shrub. It has come a long way from when it was patchy. The right side still needs a lot of work, the macrandra is missing some key nutrients. With so many stems I am thinking i am simply not dosing enough. I've upped the NPK significantly and refined my trace and iron dosing.
|01-20-2014 09:41 PM|
Seeing some improved growth on these rotala's. I have been running my Ray2 with an addition T5HO with one geissman midday and one 10,000k bulb. I believe my nitrates and c02 have been too low, so I've begun injecting and dosing more with the plants responding within just a couple of days.
Plants are responding very well. It seems whenever I upload through flickr, or imageshack in this case, my photos come out very desaturated and lightened. It's pretty annoying. Need to get back into PS.
Captured my rasboras practicing their synchronized swimming routine with this shot.
|01-14-2014 02:21 AM|
Boosting my nitrates and iron to fight some deficiencies.
Did a minor trim today, the rotala grows much quicker in the middle of my tank than it does on the sides, but im seeing some progress all over.
|01-11-2014 02:14 AM|
Carpet is slowly coming back, however my macrandra has slowed down a lot!
Sprayed some of the BBA with h202 today, we'll see if it had an effect...
|01-02-2014 07:45 AM|
Some of the bottoms rot, but with increased nitrogen dosing I have reduced this. I've added a noon burst with my old t5HO, geisman midday and a 10,000k. Tank color looks great, plants pearl like mad but i still havent tuned my c02 correctly. My needle valve sucks, really need to invest in a new one, recommendations are needed!
Here's how the tank is looking right now:
Lesson learned; keep your HC trimed nice and low . . . or else this happens. I am working on replanting the HC i do have left, and will trim it lower and with more frequency.
|12-11-2013 08:27 PM|
|Asu1776||Nice tank! Really like the choice of plants and rocks. Your HC carpet looks great too. Seeing the progression of your pictures, looks like you got the nice hedge of rotala going. I"m surprised the bottoms aren't dying and stems are floating up since it looks so dense!|
|12-11-2013 08:09 PM|
|lamiskool||Thats awesome haha|
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