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03-16-2013 12:09 AM
duy
Update 3/15/13

This thread has been overdued for an update, so here it is.
Did my first major trim today, and used the clippings to plant the HOB.
FTS:


Excuse the cloudy water, I messed around with it alot. Hope it'll clear up tomorrow.

Currently, I've been doing water changes every 2-4 days. Fighting a bit of algae, mostly Rhizoclonium, GDA, GSA, strands of Spirogyra sometimes, and just noticed the appearance of maybe hair/fuzz algae (or early BBA, idk). To be honest I haven't put that much effort into ridding them, as the tank is still mature, algae is to be expected. Am I correct?
When ever the Rhizo gets out of hand I do a 10% water change, manually remove all visible algae, except the GDA and GSA because I don't mind them.

I'm aware that I'm probably low on CO2, will impliment DIY CO2 soon when I find the time. Water current & surface agitation is perfect in my opinion but idk. Please give me your opinions!


My floating island:


I took a ball of dwarf riccia and wrapped it with plants and stuck some clippings into it. Very happy with it, haha.


Planted HOB:

I hope the fissiden will do well here.

So far it only houses two otocinclus, and the occasionally seen scud/copepod. Currently waiting for a good deal on RCS/culls. I can't wait til the tank fills out

Thanks for looking!
02-22-2013 08:04 PM
duy
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Originally Posted by PeterN1986 View Post
Nice pearling! What is your fert schedule going to be?
No dosing plans yet, I'm hoping the soil will provide sufficient nutrients right now. When I feel like I should dose, I'll probably go with this once every week or something:
http://greenleafaquariums.com/aquari...rtilizers.html

I've been leaving the lights on pretty long so I'm starting to get some algae, plus the C02's probably getting depleted pretty fast so I might start a DIY C02 generator soon to compensate.

Also, I'm trying to seed the tank with some scuds and seed shrimp, to provide a semi-constant food source for future inhabitants. My goal here is to recreate an ecosystem that's semi-self sustainable. I hope it goes well :O
02-22-2013 12:11 AM
PeterN1986 Nice pearling! What is your fert schedule going to be?
02-21-2013 09:24 PM
duy As advised, I flooded my tank a few days ago, and am patiently observing the plants' transitioning process. I think it's going well

FTS:





L.Repens starting to color up under the light





02-15-2013 09:13 PM
duy This is my plants list right now:
1. Riccia Fluitans (crystalwort)
2. Broad Leaf Ludwigia (Ludwigia repens)
3. Narrow Leaf Ludwigia(Ludwigia palustris)
4. Bacopa monnieri
5. Golden Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia)
8. Microsorium brassii (Needle Leaf Java Fern)
9. Sagittaria subulata
10. Red Temple Plant (ALTERNANTHERA) red/purple
11. Vallisneria spiralis (Italian)
12. Crinum "Dwarf" onion plant (Zephyranthes candida)
13. Unknown Ludwigia. Possibly Ludwigia repens x L. Arcuata.
14. Unknown Crypt. [--No ID yet--] Possibly Cryptocoryne nevillii (Dwarf Crypt).

Just to be sure I researched all of them, and it seems they all can grow emersed. I'm more convinced that I should be waiting just a little bit more before flooding, though I'm not ignoring your advice. I'll flood in another week or two, at least just to wait until they won't float everywhere after water is in.

I've been observing them everyday so far, and making sure their humidity level is at optimal level, and I've been seeing a lot of new growth so I'm not so worried yet.
02-15-2013 09:52 AM
laxaj You should flood now. Dsm is not really for a lot of these types of plants.
02-15-2013 05:25 AM
duy Haha thanks, and I love the bowl too. It keeps me entertained while I wait for the tank to grow.

I've been really tempted to flood these past few days. Like you said, the plants aren't supporting themselves very well so I've moved and arranged how they laid on top of each other to make sure light is hitting evenly. I really can't flood yet because the stems I've laid out on the ground still hasn't rooted to the substrate yet, but once they do I definitely will! I can't wait, it's going to look nice.

How long do you think it will take for the plants to take sufficient hold onto the substrate?
02-15-2013 04:11 AM
PeterN1986 I think you should flood sooner (like NOT 4 or 6 weeks) since you have a lot of stem plants. Those stem plants would probably need to "stand up" eventually, by being submerged. You have a lot of good healthy looking leftover plants too!
02-15-2013 02:58 AM
duy Yeah, originally I was going to get some HC but now that my budget is gone I might as well keep it emersed and allow the plants to establish a strong root foundation.
02-15-2013 01:31 AM
AlanLe Usually people dry start HC, glosso.... those foreground plants.
02-12-2013 04:16 AM
duy Update: 2/11/2013
So lots of new things today, got my first plant package on Aquabid and started planting. To be honest, after the first hour or so I gave up on organizing plants so I just started sticking them where my instincts told me they should be. At this point I'm hoping for nature to take it's course and decide where things should be and how they should grow (chaotic like the wabi-kusa concept), and trim at my own leisure later.

FTS:


Left side:


Right side:


Center:


There was so much stems and runners that I didn't know what to do with myself. I used the left over plants and dropped it in a glass bowl I had lying around and I still had quite a bit left over so I threw them in a bucket and sat it behind my tank. It's the orange Home Depot bucket behind the tank in the pictures lol.
Bowl:





Plant growth:
Java fern: The java hasn't been doing much, just sitting there. Except that I noticed some green where the roots are so it's probably growing, slowly but steadily.

Crypts:
New leaves are sprouting, no further dead/dying leaves, some noticeable roots starting to come out from the rhizome.

Ludwidgia: Healthy growth, new roots are appearing/rooting into the substrate. New shoots are visible and is clearly expanding. New shoots in direct light are dark red/brown, but if relocated into the shade will revert to green. It's clearly growing well, but I hope it'll really take off soon.
02-11-2013 01:10 AM
duy Thanks all for your feedback, I appreciate it. I'm waiting on a couple plants packages estimated to arrive sometime next week, and when I get it I'll definately update this journal for sure. I'm very excited about this project.
Oh nice allen, I see you're in Corvallis too! Haha, its only my second year here so I'm still not familiar with hobbyists and stores around here, I hope you don't mind if I ask you for help from time to time, since you're in my general area
02-11-2013 12:18 AM
Allentan97 I didnt know you were from corvallis, haha sweet
02-08-2013 03:45 PM
GMYukonon24s Looking good! Keep it going.
02-08-2013 04:26 AM
PeterN1986 The journal is in my signature - the 5.5g tank!
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