|12-11-2013 08:27 PM|
|Asu1776||Nice tank! Really like the choice of plants and rocks. Your HC carpet looks great too. Seeing the progression of your pictures, looks like you got the nice hedge of rotala going. I"m surprised the bottoms aren't dying and stems are floating up since it looks so dense!|
|12-11-2013 08:09 PM|
|lamiskool||Thats awesome haha|
|12-11-2013 08:06 PM|
Power went out for about a minute today, when it turned back on the fish were in a strange formation . . long enough for me to snap this photo. I had to toss some flake food in the tank for them to snap out of it.
|12-09-2013 09:53 PM|
Here is the tank as it was today before trimming:
And here is the tank post trim/replant: . . . stirred up some debris in the water column.
Removed 80% of the blyxa mass. Some of it had BBA so it was necessary. Trimmed BBA ridden anubis leaves. Replanted the r. magenta to the right rear, and also did the same for the r. macrandra right in front of it. Trimmed the r. colorata hedge to give the other species a fighting chance for some space in the tank.
Didn't get a chance to touch on the HC, it needs a GOOD trimming.
Everything grows very fast now that i have been dosing CSM+B and N almost everyday. Off to work now, maybe I will do some light night carpet treatment for this tank
|12-09-2013 08:09 AM|
|12-09-2013 07:48 AM|
Very keen eye you have there! I failed to mention that I have added 12 rasboras to the tank. They school very nicely the majority of the time. I wouldnt call it agression, but they do check out the shrimp when one deicides to swim around as opposed to sticking to the bottom.
I would like to add a few more of them to tighten up the group
|12-09-2013 07:24 AM|
|Steezy B||Stunning tank! Do you see any aggression towards the shrimp from your rasboras?|
|12-09-2013 06:38 AM|
So the tank was looking good back in mid october .. like so:
The rotala macrandra was growing good, i trimmed and replanted the tops and they decided to take a turn for the worse . . they havent been growing well since.
I have removed and manicured the algae leaves off the anubis, replanting each one of them allowing the HC to take over the entire forground. I have risen the lights about an inch, and reduced the photoperiod from a little over 12 hrs down to a solid 8. C02 has been switched from my faulty mixmax reactor back to a typical ceramic deffusor, which turns on an hour before the lights do.
I want to focus on the three rotala species in the tank, and growing them all in unison. I am assuming my main hedge to be rotala colorata, based on internet research. Correct me if i am wrong.
In the far left corner is a few stems of what I believe to be rotala magenta, which grows extremely slow for me. I have allowed them to grow out over the colorata to suck up as much light as they can, id like to designate an area for it to thrive in but i would need to hack away some of the colorata.
The crypts you see in my Halloween update have been removed. I am considering removing my blyxa, it has no proper place in my scape now, and without i would have a nice spot to plant some of the rotala magenta.
Here is a photo from the 12/6:
This past week I have increased CSM+B and Nitrogen and the stems have really responded quickly. I was seeing some deficiencies across all three species and I believe they were due to a lack of trace, iron and nitrogen. New growth has been much different and healthier than what I have seen before in my tank. I will post a fresh picture tomorrow!
|11-27-2013 12:15 AM|
Time to wage the war! 2liters of seachem excel vs. the BBA infestation of my tank. I have also raised my lighting, as well as decrease the photoperiod from a foolish 12 hours to a manageable 8 hours. Going to be performing more rigorous water changes to see about improving the water quality.
|10-31-2013 11:42 PM|
|10-31-2013 09:46 PM|
I've got BBA growing on snails . . time to order a liter of excel!
|09-19-2013 11:53 PM|
|09-19-2013 09:47 PM|
|08-14-2013 09:52 PM|
|synaethetic||I got the urge to switch back to my good ol' ugly spray bar, took out the algae ridden lilly pipe for a cleaning. Removed a good amount of moss, trimmed the HC, cleaned the glass . . . plan on trimming the stems down significantly and planting the tops. You can see my two types of rotala on the left growing. The more reddish looking of the two is not growing very well ... you can see how magenta the Macandra is on the right hand side of the tank, which leaves me wondering why my troubled stems are not growing very nicely. Too many off shoots, inconsistant color, etc. I may end up swiping it out for something that likes my conditions a little more.|
|08-06-2013 07:02 AM|
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