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08-09-2012 01:15 AM
Complexity Yeah, I know. That means I have to figure out how to use my new fancy camera, and so far, I've been putting it off. I want to use it, but not take the time to learn now to use it. LOL!
08-09-2012 12:58 AM
akdylpickles We need some new pics!
08-08-2012 10:02 PM
Complexity I believe it! You definitely sold me some excellent plants!

Plus, it's very happy in that tank. The others that I put in my 75g have struggled, but it's only because that tank has struggled more. It's actually been quite interesting to watch how plants in the two tanks have reacted. I split many of the plants between the two tanks (hedging my bets) so I was able to see how they responded to the different environment. It was very clear that the tank made a big difference in the success of the plants.

Even though I put the largest red tiger lotus in the 90g, I still put the next largest one in my 75g (trying to balance them out). I also put the very tiny baby in my 90g in another spot.

The red tiger lotuses in my 90g have become massive and explosive. Not just one plant, but all the plants I put as the centerpiece. However, the lotuses I put in my 75g have actually decreased in size. They lost their larger leaves and only the smaller leaves have survived. They are just now beginning to show signs of recovering (which matches the condition of the 75g in general).

Even the tiny baby lotus I put in the 90g has grown very nicely to the point it is larger than some of the small lotus plants I put in my 75g tank. That tiny baby was originally so small, I had to loop a plant weight around the base to hold it down. It didn't have enough of a base to actually plant in the substrate. But now it's definitely ready for me to move elsewhere.

BTW, remember my confusion of the different ludwigias? I think I may have finally managed to pick out at least two of the stems to be Ludwigia x lacustris. After I let them all grow, I noticed that a couple of the stems didn't branch out like the rest. So I separated them from the others. They are now beginning to show more of a rust/orange color. So I'm beginning to think they may be the Ludwigia x lacustris. I'm still not positive as I may have as many as 5 different Ludwigia species in my tanks so it's hard to figure out which one is which, but I'm hoping I'm beginning to get them all straight.
08-08-2012 09:28 PM
OVT Must be good genes: the mother was 18" x 18" x 18"
08-08-2012 05:14 PM
Originally Posted by OVT View Post
Looking really, really good.
Nymphaea zenkeri sp. "HUGE" is looking fat and happy
Thanks! You haven't seen anything yet. It turns out the ID was wrong. I now believe it is more correctly identified as Nymphaea zenkeri sp. "GARGANTUAN"! I have never seen one so large before in my life. The leaves are larger than my hand with my fingers fully extended!

I wonder where in the heck I could have gotten such a majestic plant like this? Hmmm....
08-08-2012 11:34 AM
OVT Looking really, really good.
Nymphaea zenkeri sp. "HUGE" is looking fat and happy
08-03-2012 10:01 PM
Complexity The plants in this tank are growing like mad now. I've increased the lighting from a 3 hour burst to a 5 hour burst. So the tank is getting a 12 hour photoperiod with 7 of those hours running 2 bulbs and 5 of those hours running 4 bulbs.

I've noticed improved growth in some of the plants, especially the Limnophila aromatica. It was growing pretty leggy, but now the growth is much more compact and starting to shift sideways, indicating that it's happy with the extra light.

The Nymphoides taiwan and red tiger lotus are both growing huge! The Nymphoides taiwan has grown to the surface twice with about 25 huge leaves. I cut it back once already, and today I cut all the leaves off, leaving just the base plant and roots. If it grows back, fine. If not, fine. It was just too big the way it was! I will have to remove it from this tank if I can't get it under control.

The red tiger lotus is putting put HUGE leaves! The leaves are as big as my hand with my fingers spread out! I cut out about 7 leaves the other day, but it just put out a ton more. So I cut out about 15 of the huge leaves today, leaving only the smaller new leaves at the base. I know it'll grow back fast. I wanted a big red tiger lotus, but I have never seen one with such huge leaves before! Fortunately, it's not trying to put out surface leaves so I'm happy about that.

The plants are growing so well that I'm having to do some major pruning to quite a few. I'm uprooting them, picking out the best 5-10 stem tops, and replanting those. There are so many plants in the tank, they're fighting for space to grow, and I'm fighting to find places to plant them all which is why I'm thinning some out now.

I really need to scape this tank, but I'm not sure how I want to scape it yet. I have a lot of different crypts that I need to move around which isn't helping with the space problem.

Eventually, I'll figure out how to use my new fancy camera so I can take some pics! I've just been really busy this last week so I haven't had time to read up on it yet.
07-12-2012 04:27 AM
Complexity Thanks, Pejerrey! I've heard that amanos like to eat cabomba. If that's true, then it has no chance in my tank since I like to keep tons of amanos. If not, then I'd love to add red cabomba. The purple cabomba is doing well in my 75g tank, and that one's not growing plants as well as this one yet. It's really pretty when it pearls!
07-12-2012 03:38 AM
pejerrey Very nice plants man! You should see what a red cabomba will do in such conditions!

Anyhow, congratulations for the growth! Exited to see you rescape!
07-12-2012 02:35 AM
Complexity It could be 24" tall. Hmm... let me measure real quick. Yeah, you're right, it's 24" tall. I need to fix that. Thanks for catching it!

So far the 'Moliwe' are juveniles so they're hard to get pics. I should have 5 in the tank (lost one of the original 6). I've only seen 3 at a given time, but it's a big tank. I have 12 more juveniles in a 6.6g QT which I'm about ready to switch to my 29g so they can fatten up a little more. Then I'll move them to the 90g.

I was trying to get pics of the fissidens earlier, and I think I got one of the juvies in the pic.
07-12-2012 01:31 AM
akdylpickles are you sure the tank is only 20 in tall? most 90s are 24in tall.

have any pics of the Pelvicachromis taeniatus 'Moliwe'?
07-11-2012 11:59 PM
Complexity Thanks guys! It looks like a jungle mess to me! LOL!

I have no idea how I'm going to scape this tank and my 75g when the time comes. I have too many plants, and it's hard for me to let go of perfectly good trimmings.
07-11-2012 11:55 PM
HunterX It looks great!
07-11-2012 11:26 PM
akdylpickles Tank looks great!
07-11-2012 07:44 PM
Complexity The plants are growing like crazy in this tank! I had so many hitting the surface and folding over that I had to do a major trimming this last weekend. I also moved some of the plants over to my 75g tank since this one is getting overly crowded.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the Nymphoides taiwan. That plant is growing beyond belief! I ended up removing all its leaves. I must have had 20 new plants growing from it. I replanted two of them in one of my low tech 29g tanks. If it can grow there, then I may remove it from the 90g. I think this plant is too fast growing for a high tech tank.

Ran out of CO2 today. It was funny because I was looking at the tank and noticed the drop checker color wasn't as yellow as normal; it had turned slightly green. So I checked the CO2, and sure enough, it was empty. Fortunately, I have a spare cylinder filled up for just this reason. I was able to switch to a full cylinder and get the CO2 up and running immediately.
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