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Today 07:07 AM
Sub1117 Geez 2013 was beauty! I can't wait to see what comes of this year!
Today 04:36 AM
UDGags
Today 01:55 AM
UDGags So I've been busy since my plants came in Friday.
  • Took apart and cleaned both mag pumps.
  • Vacuumed out sump some
  • Finally replaced the ballast in my one ATI unit. So I'm back up to 16 bulbs instead of 14 bulbs.
  • Lowered ATI units (roughly 12.5" from water surface) and set PAR at 100-125 at substrate.
  • Replaced a piece of the sump that had broken.
  • Also did a water change and some general maintenance.
  • Started EI dosing again

My to-do list
  • Buy some loaches for snail control. The LFS has some yo-yo loaches but I kinda want something smaller like zebra's.
  • Completely clean out sump
  • Buy a new pH probe

Here are the pictures of the plants and tank currently. This won't be the finally plant placement most likely for some of the plants but it will work to let them grow out. Most of the plants came in looking decent. A couple were a bit rough but I think everything will be fine in a week or two.

Full Tank Shot


Eichhornia Diversifolia


Persicaria Pratermissa


Hygrophila sp. 'Araguaia' (emersed form)


Ludwigia "Red" Hybrid


Ammannia Senegalensis


Rotala Wallichii


Rotala Colorata


Alternanthera Reineckii 'Variegated'


Hottonia Palustris


Crypt Striolata & Eleocharis 'belem' (DGH belem)
Striolata came in a bit rough but should be fine


A couple of my cories swimming by


I always love to hear feedback good or bad!
01-21-2015 03:21 AM
Overfloater I see. Well have at it. I look forward to your ideas in execution.
01-21-2015 03:17 AM
UDGags One of them is the same, it's the one on the right in 2013 and it is in the back in this years layout. I have other wood with it in this years layout and part of it is under the soil.
01-21-2015 02:47 AM
Overfloater Are those the same pieces? They don't look like it to me.
01-21-2015 02:42 AM
UDGags I thought about it but that's kind of what I did in 2013. I was looking to do something a bit different. I have a plan for the plants so we'll see how it works out. I do have a plant layout chart made but don't want to share it quite yet.

01-21-2015 02:33 AM
Overfloater I like it. However, what do you think about moving the light colored piece to the left side making an intertwined fingers type space at the center of the tank? I think that would give you more planting options.
01-21-2015 02:23 AM
UDGags These pictures should be better to show the new hard scape. I tried to arrange the wood where I would have some natural rows and flow patterns. I also tried to keep in mind the golden rule in terms of final layout. Let me know what you think (good, bad, suggestions, comments, etc.)





01-20-2015 04:29 AM
UDGags edit..will fix tomorrow
01-15-2015 09:38 PM
UDGags The hygrophila araguia I'm getting is in emersed form so it will take a bit to switch over.

Wallichi grew well for me in the past but it's definitely sensitive of the parameters. It needed it's space and high light to look good. If not it got really stringy and ragged looking Also having it in high current did not work
01-15-2015 09:11 PM
Overfloater If you get the Wallichi going well, I'd be interested in cuttings in the future. Haven't had it in about 8 years, but never had much luck.

Also, I'm looking forward to pictures of the hygrophila araguia. It was recently classified as hygrophila lancea but apparently there are two different plants and there seems to be some confusion.
01-15-2015 07:40 PM
UDGags I had the ammania in my 2013 scape (see pic below) and it flourished. I didn't have any issues with it and it grew great (almost weed like).



It will be my first time with the Crypt (hell first time with any crypt) so we'll see.
01-15-2015 07:21 PM
HybridHerp I'm unsure how well that crypt or ammania will do, they seem to be sensitive plants from what I understand. Good luck with them regardless.
01-15-2015 03:48 AM
UDGags Here are the plants I'm getting from hanaquatics.com

Alternanthera Reineckii 'Variegated'
Ammannia Senegalensis
Crypt Striolata
Eichhornia diversifolia
Eleocharis 'belem' (DGH Belem)
Hottonia Palustris
Hygrophila sp. 'Araguaia'
Ludwigia "Red" Hybrid
Rotala Colorata
Rotala Wallichii

Going to start with these but might pick up a couple others I have my eyes on when I see some clippings available.
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