|12-02-2013 09:09 PM|
I'm on 9.5 hours a day right now, and just stepped up to a Finnex Planted +. Haven't written it up yet, but a FANTASTIC light. the fissidens that I thought I killed has started to send out little bright green growth after a week or 2.
I think my success on this tank has been from:
eco-complete (easy to deal with)
good light (Finnex)
not being picky about what grows. - BIG one there. Started off with Swords and Java fern as my 'goal' - but planted a BUNCH of different stuff - things from RAOKs and trim/pack sales that I never heard of. Half of it died - ripped it out and let what was happy take over. If I had kept beating my head against Amazon Swords and Java Ferns I would have a sad, empty tank.
|11-26-2013 09:51 PM|
|Kaduhn1||nice work, I was also sent to your link a while back from Finnex. I've literally had the same setup going for the last year with the same light and insert fired clay substrate recently added instead of rocks. I do PPS ferts from the same guy, i was doing it on a lighter schedule due to no CO2. My plants look like crap compared to yours though. I just recently added CO2 hoping that would help, that was a few days ago so nothing to show of it yet. Moving to full on PPS now, hopefully the light is enough. What do you do for light period? I saw your fert regimen and water changes in a previous post.|
|11-11-2013 02:39 PM|
|11-11-2013 02:34 PM|
I don't doubt that they aren't doing well under one t-8 - just isn't enough light for the depth of the tank. You might also look into dry ferts - they have helped my plants a ton and are very cheap. (I bought mine from Nilocg here on the board - get the already mixed, just add water kit. I dose at half the recommended level since I'm running lowish light and no Co2)
hope that helps!
|11-08-2013 08:48 PM|
|Blackheart||Great looking tank|
|11-08-2013 07:59 PM|
|jmf3460||JBrady your tank is beautiful. I too have the "how many species can I fit into one tank" bug like you and have been criticized for it many times. Your tank reminds me of mine a lot. I expecially love how you had the anubias stuck to suction cups on the side of the tank...can you tell me more about how you attached them?|
|11-08-2013 07:51 PM|
36gl Bowfront Lighting question
Hi JBrady, I love how your tank looks. I just recently converted my 36 Bowfront from my African Cichlid tank to a Planted tank with Fancy Guppies. I had an existing 20gl Planted tank that I have had running for about 3 years. So I transfered everything from the 20gl to the 36, Except the lighting because it was a custom fixture on the 20gl. I am curious what you did to your 36's hood to create the correct lighting for the planted tank. I currently have a 20" PowerGlow 20w in it. And within a week my plants have gone downhill with loss of color, brown areas holes and areas that have died off to a clear color. I have a few Anubias and honestly, I don't remember what the others were when I bought them a few years back.
Did you take the fixture out of the hood and replace it with another? Also, are you just running one single bulb.
I'm posting this here because you seem to have got it right and are familiar with this tank.
Thanks a bunch :-)
|09-27-2013 12:38 PM|
|frenchie1001||Laughed a little about the planing turning to impulse. I do the exact same thong ever time! Haha|
|09-27-2013 12:07 PM|
The one that looks like tall grass blades in the back is angustifolia
|09-24-2013 05:16 AM|
|parrottbay||What is the tall plant in the back?|
|09-24-2013 05:15 AM|
|parrottbay||Looks extremely nice!|
|08-29-2013 08:54 PM|
Been a little bit, recent pic:
|08-07-2013 08:45 PM|
I'm using EcoComplete and Fugeray (which puts me at low-medium). More details on page 1.
A Ray2 on this tank would be medium to high light
|08-07-2013 07:46 PM|
|David4039||Great looking tank! Thank for the update. What are you using for substrate? I plan on using Mineralized topsoil capped with black sand and CO2. I like the idea of using the Ray2, but I'm not sure how I could get into the med/high range.|
|08-07-2013 06:23 PM|
Here ya go. Pic after the last big trim - the long thin leafed stem plant in the background grows to the surface every 2 to 3 weeks and I have to cut it off and plant the tops.
The Cherry shrimp in a community tank thing - every once in s awhile I catch a glimpse of a cherry, but I would recommend having a separate shrimp tank, they just can't compete.
Have started dosing mixed dry ferts from Nilocg (the EI package with the dosing bottles). Not doing a full EI, I put in 10 mg micro & macro twice a week with bi-weekly water changes.
The big Anuboas inthe center just bloomed!
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