|Yesterday 11:44 PM|
|Yesterday 11:35 PM|
As (sort-of-almost) promised, I return for you Dennis and Keith!
Den--I don't run mine 24/7. I used to, and decided that there was no real benefit and I was just wasting CO2. Besides, it's on for about 14 hours anyhow, which is plenty!! I use a needle wheel regulator from GLA. Orlando and I are fairly well acquainted, and he makes a wonderful regulator. I bought my first one from him about 7 years ago, and it was still working perfectly well when I decided to give that one to a friend of mine and get an upgraded one for myself.
Hi Keith! I can't really tell you exact measurements, except that I run my CO2 at a 3 bubbles/sec rate. I have achieved a balance in my system because I was able to start off lightly dosing, and gradually build to a point of seeing algae growth, then cut back either on concentration of ferts in the dosing bottle (smaller or less "pinches"), frequency, or both. Usually all of those factors come into play. As does lighting, plant species, substrate composition and mass, bio load, and water change frequency, pH, photoperiod, and CO2. Beyond that, you have finer details that can factor into the equation, like gH, KH, total dissolved solids, mineral content, temperature, ambient lighting, water movement and filtration, bulb age, and so forth. You have to develop a feel for your system using general guidelines, then make your own tweaks as you need to. It's not the quickest way, but it is certainly the best way to gain a stable system longer term. It wouldn't matter what my testing results were; your system would be naturally different than mine and require it's own fert schedule based on those natural differences. My suggestion is to start off using small amounts of weak concentrated ferts dosing every other day, and see how the plants do. Then, start tailoring the concentration and amounts to fit the needs of your system. I can try to help you, if you would like, Keith.
Of course I will contact you to see if we can grab lunch. I'll be in the area again around 2/17, so we can try to set something up for then!
|12-05-2013 04:22 AM|
Wolf, I really appreciate that! Thank you for reading!!
Obakemono, I think that you do some wonderful stuff! Just stick to it and be patient!
Keith and Dennis, I promise to respond to your questions tomorrow night or first thing Friday morning! It's been a long and tiring business trip, and I have to go crash! So worn out!
|12-05-2013 03:27 AM|
|denske||Don, do you run your co2 24 hrs a day? What needle valve do you use?|
|12-05-2013 01:45 AM|
Don, just another question for you, since you are not doing EI for dosing, how do you tell how much and what kind of ferts(including co2) you need the first time around(when you first setup your tank), and still avoid major algae issues? Reason I ask is that if I do setup my tank(which I need to), I am planing to dose the ferts based on the amount I need, like what you are doing, and would like to get your advice on it.
You are always welcome anywhere I am. I will make time to meet up with you. Drop me an email or give me a call when the time comes. I am looking forward to seeing you again bro.
|12-02-2013 05:39 AM|
|Wolf19||The journey and the current tank is inspiring. Thank you for sharing everything in so much detail.|
|12-02-2013 01:21 AM|
|Obakemono||Looks like your tank is really doing well. Can't speak for mine.|
|12-02-2013 01:12 AM|
Hey HellFish! No, I don't use RO water; the plants need the minerals and I soften the water using peat granules and by rinsing water through the dried leaf debris on the branches. I have a KH of 4 without doing anything else.
My fertilizer dosing is somewhat unique. I measure amounts by "pinches" of dry powders dissolved into water, and dose the liquid volume visually. Macros are added about twice per week, sometimes just once, and micros are added about twice per week, sometimes a little more often. My CO2 is injected via needle wheel pump through a spraybar in the back, and I rely on the powerheads and filters to help spread that around the tank. I don't use a drop checker. The resulting microbubble "mist" is seen, but the amount varies. I suspect that the distribution needs some more "oomph," so I've gotten myself a better powerhead that ought to do the trick, when I get back from work this coming week in Miami.
I think that the grass you refer to is just plain ol' Lileopsis brazilensis. But, I'd be happy to take some pictures of it when I return from my work trip. It does create a nice effect through the tank and helps tie in everything.
Thanks for the compliments HellFish! I appreciate them!
TLyons! You bet!!
|12-01-2013 12:51 PM|
|tlyons01||Such a beautiful tank. Thanks for the updates|
|12-01-2013 04:05 AM|
It is probably somewhere in this thread but at 45 pages, I rather ask here.
Do you use RO water? What your fertz dosage like? Can you take more pictures of that "grass" that growing on the driftwood?
What your Co2 set up like? Diffusion?
Simply amazing tank, it looks like anything you put in just grows.
|12-01-2013 03:54 AM|
Hi everyone! Sorry about the delay.....I just got home from Thanksgiving up North, and didn't have much internet access.
Asuran-- wow, you really went through the thread! Thank you for reading and looking. I'm not used to seeing those anymore.
Hi Sanj-- thank you for the compliments! I don't use any sort of dimmer on this set up; however, I do have them come on in sets of four and go off in the same order to try to simulate some dawn and dusk periods. A dimmer would be great, but I haven't gotten around to investigate it.
I run one UVL Red Sun Bulb; one UVL Fiji Purple; one Giesemann Lagoon Blue in each fixture, and either two Giesemann Midday bulbs and three AquaFlora bulbs, OR three Giesemann Midday bulbs with two Giesemann Aquaflora bulbs, depending on the fixture. I'm running two TEK Elite 8 fixtures for a total of 16 bulbs.
GSA doesn't really seem to be a problem in this tank, at least, not yet! I had a brief period of it happening roughly a year ago, but it seemed to go away fairly quickly. I just removed any sort of problematic leaves and that was all I really had to do. The bright light seems to burn leaves instead of promoting Green Spot, and I do have plenty of CO2 and current in the tank which appears to discourage algae growth in general.
C_gwinner-- thank you, buddy! I worked hard on trying to keep things a bit more tame in this one. Eventually, the foreground will happen in stages. The front is starting to fill in nicely now with true dwarf Sag, which will eventually five way to an all Bucephalandra foreground. The tank will continue to evolve over time and give way to some potentially drastic different looks. CO2 makes all the difference, man!! You will love it!
Qwe-- thank you for the kind words! :-) I appreciate it!
Keith-- thanks bro! I haven't seen you around for a while! How's Atlanta? I'll be swinging through there in mid-February for work. I'll have to see if you are free to meet up!
|11-29-2013 04:34 PM|
its been a while I did not check in. You now got the pink flamingo! That is one beautiful specimen. Lovely reineckii btw.
|11-28-2013 02:51 AM|
|Qwe||One of my favorite setups that I've seen... just throwing that out there|
|11-27-2013 09:28 PM|
|c_gwinner||Really liking how this has turned out. I like this set up so far just cuz it doesn't feel so crammed to me as in the open spaces are not really void, but have something there. The open top does give it a lot more, and your ripparium stuff looks a 1000x better than mine does. Hopefully will get my CO2 setup going and start dosing real ferts and the rest of the tank will take off.|
|11-27-2013 07:08 PM|
Crazydaz... WOW! I like your style, I have seen similar setups, but the look is very different... you have gone for a lot of colour, lol I didnt think that was a "kinda Goth" thing.
I dont know if you wrote the specs on the lighting or not, there are so many pages, but your lighting rig seems to cover much of the tank very well and I wondering if you were using dimming at all?
Your Bucephalandra doesnt seem to suffer from Green Spot algae, I get it on these plants and on anubias, only in my very low light systems do they seem largely free of it. How do you manage it?
Also i wondering what tube colours you were using?
All in all excellent, your set up definately stands out from the crowd.
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