|Yesterday 03:25 AM|
Well this is one of those updates where the after pic looks worse than the before pic. But, I can explain
Tank was coming down with BBA and moss needed a trim so I did what I do every ~6 months and that is a complete shave down to the bone. Some of you may have heard that once you put moss in the tank its very hard or next to impossible to get rid of. It's certainly the case in this tank.
Here are some of the before pics
Side view with Monte carlo carpet
You can see the BBA forming on the moss
Monte carlo closeup
My apistos are going at it again. NO eggs or free swimmers have been spotted - ever!!!!
Over the top view- Looks like one of the bulbs burned out.
Close up of moss and BBA
Full frontal before the trim
Here is the tank during the trim and right after marsilea removal on the right side.
And here is after.
Everything stripped down to the bone.
Looks pretty bad doesn't it. After few weeks its going to look brand spanking new and fresh. Sometimes you just have to hack the hell out of it in order to get consistent dense growth and that's what i'm doing here. All buces and stems plants (with an exception of one) have been moved over to my 40B1 tank. That tank is beginning to look pretty good too. The goal is to limit the plant variety and to maintain that uniform look across entire tank.
Tank will look awesome in few weeks, you will see!
|09-04-2014 11:50 PM|
Look at the first pic, one of the pushpins is holding the black wallpaper to the wall. I used the plastic ones with metal needle. They are easier to handle than the metal ones. It takes about two weeks for plants to attach themselves to a wood so after two weeks i remove the pins and throw them out as they will rust otherwise.
|09-04-2014 04:34 AM|
|Jalopy||This is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing.|
|09-04-2014 03:24 AM|
Fantastic looking tanks!
Push pins, huh? Just the little flat stainless steel ones?
I assume it roots into the wood and attaches itself so you can remove the pins?
...Excuse me while I go tack some hydro on my driftwood...
|09-04-2014 01:52 AM|
No problem lol. Now the vanity in me is forcing me to ask if you got the pushpin idea from? I did it a few years back to attach some fissidens and havent seen anyone else use them until now. A good alternative for those who dont want to use super glue
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|09-04-2014 12:12 AM|
|09-03-2014 06:51 PM|
|kwheeler91||Looks good! The OCD in me just wants to point out that that isnt hygro (hygrophila), but hydro (hydrocotyle) it is indeed.|
|09-03-2014 04:27 AM|
|Jalopy||How did you plant the hygro on the driftwood? Tank looks awesome by the way.|
|09-03-2014 02:22 AM|
|AquaAurora||Love the hydro at/above water level photos, looks real awesome!! Underwater shots look very nice too.|
|09-03-2014 01:43 AM|
Well here is full blown update.
View from left side
My glowlight tetras next to buces
Hygro on driftwood
Another shot of hygro... alos i didnt notice but one of my bulbs burned out.
Here is hygro creeping down and marsilea quadrifolia shooting a loose runner on the right hand side.
and here is marsilea quadrifolia again growing behind the hairgrass.
|08-09-2014 04:50 PM|
|Jalopy||Thanks. Kinda makes me want to try a dirted tank now.|
|08-09-2014 02:18 PM|
For substrate I'm using mineralized soil with pool filter cap. I have been bad with fertilizers. I tried to follow the EI but I keep missing days and overdosing on others but for the most part is EI with a little more potassium.
|08-08-2014 04:43 PM|
|Jalopy||How much CO2 are you running (concentration)? Are you using some kind of aqua soil and how much are you dosing? Just curious because I just setup a 17g low maintenance tank with Java ferns, crypts, and anubias.|
|08-08-2014 04:23 PM|
|08-08-2014 03:18 AM|
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