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03-30-2014 03:45 PM
synaethetic
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Tank came a long way man.. Looks great. Makes me want a bush of rotala.

What is the blue tinted bulb?


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Thanks! the blue tinted bulb is a 10,000k, it only really looks blue in the photos though, to the naked eye it is basically white.
03-30-2014 08:42 AM
jcgilmore2
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Still need that trim ....


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Tank came a long way man.. Looks great. Makes me want a bush of rotala.

What is the blue tinted bulb?


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03-30-2014 03:13 AM
synaethetic


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03-30-2014 01:07 AM
synaethetic

Still need that trim ....


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03-25-2014 08:39 PM
synaethetic Did a minor trim today.


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After


Tank is due for a water change and glass cleaning. I will be moving across town in a few weeks so This tank will either be torn down or transported as is.




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03-18-2014 08:19 PM
synaethetic
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Wow, impressive.
Thanks, man!

There are still minor signs of deficiencies in the tips of both the r. colorata and the r. macrandra. Really can't figure it out, as 85% of new growth is lush and healthy while the remainder seem to not be getting something they need .... following a dosing regimen similar to what Tom Barr uses on his successful tanks.

Leading me to believe it's like c02 or 02 problems . . . running 2bps and afraid if i adjust my crappy needle valve any higher that I will gas my fish . .
03-18-2014 08:09 PM
talontsiawd Wow, impressive.
03-18-2014 08:06 PM
synaethetic Rotalas love the quad t5!! Co2 and dosing improvements have began to payoff with some lovely growth.




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03-06-2014 08:52 PM
synaethetic
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Thanks. I'm hoping to breed an RCS population like roaches. Tank is looking good there. LUSH rotala growth I must say. How are the stems fairing near the substrate? I went to AFA in SF. In one of their display tanks, they had stems about 2 feet high with 6 inches of good growth and the rest full of rotty old stems. Nice string of bubbles behind the macrandra.
I haven't pulled and planted my rotala shrub in what feels like almost a year. I trim and let them regrow every time. Near the bottom the stems are a mess of roots, not much rotting.

The macrandra was loosing it's lower growth from some phosphate deficiencies which have since been corrected. As you can see from my photos I have yet to master consistent growth with my macrandra and magenta. Not enough traces? Not enough phosphate? Too much nitrate from dosing it to combat some growth issues with the colorata on the left? Perhaps it's a number of things.... I'm dosing more daily with traces and more heavily with phosphates while keeping the nitrates lower . . . c02 has been bumped with the additional t5's as well.

Only time will tell!
03-06-2014 08:44 PM
synaethetic First day of quad t5
Bulb list:
Zoomed ultra sun (6500k)
Zoomed flora sun (5000k ?)
Zoomed ultra sun
Aquatic life 10,000k

Should solve some spectrum issues I may have been suffering from having only white light before.





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02-12-2014 11:11 PM
Asu1776 Thanks. I'm hoping to breed an RCS population like roaches. Tank is looking good there. LUSH rotala growth I must say. How are the stems fairing near the substrate? I went to AFA in SF. In one of their display tanks, they had stems about 2 feet high with 6 inches of good growth and the rest full of rotty old stems. Nice string of bubbles behind the macrandra.
02-12-2014 10:55 PM
synaethetic The rasboras exhibit a lot of natural behavior in this tank, unlike any other fish I have kept before. The males face off and swim adjacent one and other with fins tense and colors vibrant. A pair have spawned once, but the eggs didnt seem to last where they put them.
I started with 13 but somehow there is only 10 in the tank. I can recall two deaths but the third is a mystery. I plan on adding perhaps 8-11 more to fill out the tank.

Never noticed any predation on the RCS, the population has plateaued for the last year. Currently I can see many berried shrimp within the tank, but dont see many babies. Keep in mind I don't have any mesh over my inlet, most of the water is takin in at the surface through the skimmer, which usually has a small amount of debris around it to keep the shrimp from going up and over. The rest is sucked through the bottom behind all of the stems.

Still tuning my fertz, heres a picture from today. My friend has a 29" 4x24w T5HO aquaticlife fixture that he going to let me use , does anyone recommend what bulbs I should throw into it? I currently use geissman midday and a 10,00k, figured i would order an aquaflora bulb and some even redder bulb.

02-10-2014 09:26 PM
Asu1776 Awesome tank! Love the round mound bush look you got going with your rotala. I planned one mixing some harlequin rasboras and RCS. Notice any significant predation or is the cover you have enough for the shrimps? They look pretty peaceful all together.
02-10-2014 08:45 PM
synaethetic It's getting there





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01-29-2014 05:59 AM
parrottbay Looks awesome, congrats. Got any Macranda left over?
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