|Yesterday 05:27 AM|
I am extremely jealous of your plant collection. It is exceedingly difficult to get rare plants in my part of Canada.
If you ever manage to get a shipment up here I would happily pay a ridiculous sum for cuttings
|Yesterday 05:15 AM|
Yep, a pantanal strike.
I have plenty in my 180 Gallon.
Mini pellia did not do as well, but I got really toasted plants, but now I can take from the 70 Gallon Buce tank which has lots. Now is does very well. So good quality plants helps. If you let it build up too much, then it might self shade and fragment.
I thought it was the higher light.
But it was the condition of the Mini pellia I got.
Also, how you stuff it onto branches etc, vs moss, a bit different and works better to not tie with string etc.
Stuff into cracks and leave it be ,a little patience goes a long way.
|Yesterday 05:01 AM|
It's filling in really nice Tom. There is a lot more depth in this version than your previous scapes.
I really like the mini pellia but for some reason I haven't had luck with it. It looks good for awhile and then starts to brown and poof it's gone. Fissidens on the other hand is popping up all over the tank including places that I don't really want it but at least it's alive. Did you completely remove the Pantanal from this scape?
|Yesterday 04:47 AM|
E. hydropiper is growing in after much replanting, the top sloped part is still getting uprooted by the elephant noses and shrimp. The soil is new and is lighter up in that section.
Blood vomits are doing well, and time to split a few already.
I need to find a better home of the S. uraupes and lago grade.
I'll likely switch the UG with them and then move them back somewheres.
A few other minor changes I suppose.
E hydropiper is a PITA to get a larger decent rug if you have fish.
I have ample Belem grass and Monte carlo as well as HC if need be.
It grows, but fish go after it. It roots deeper than HC etc also, so it's weird to me.
Speaking of which, I now have 100 Rasbora kubotai green neon.
Very nice fish, does not leap to it's death, but does not contrast well in this tank, so it might end up over in the 70 Gallon Buce tank. Nice fish though.
I drilled some more holes in the wood and will add some more Mini pellia in those spots.
The tops of the wood are coming along well with this liverwort.
|12-15-2013 06:04 AM|
Removed the rock on the wood finally. Stubborn piece I tell ya.
Wood is positioned a little bit off to a slant I do not like. Readjusting it will take awhile since it's still a bit light/buoyant. Removed the S belem, added the Erio setaceum type 3. Rotala sunset is doing very well, no die back after transplanting.
Will arrange the rear groups a bit more later.
I'm shooting for finer needled plants in the background to give a better sense of depth. Someone pointed it out, and they are right.
Plants continue to do exceptionally well.
|12-10-2013 10:05 AM|
This made me smile..thanks
|12-10-2013 06:11 AM|
|12-08-2013 09:00 PM|
|accordztech||That must of been a pain in the butt to catch all those fish and shrimp|
|12-08-2013 06:47 PM|
I trim a fair amount, this can cause some of the tops to wrinkle if you keep cutting the tops and replanting too frequently.
I suppose the same can be said about R. sunset.
But the newer side shoots do not seem to do this much. It's a good self propagator, so I can sell off any stems that are not as nice.
Most seem to do the straight growth for me, I suppose if you have more current, or less light, then the plant might try to get some more light by growing sideways.
It's a sort of strange plant generally, but does very well for me.
|12-08-2013 05:25 PM|
|sjb1987||my sphaerocarpa is always wanting to creep and the leaves seem to grow on one side..yours on the other hand is growing towards the light.. i think mine is the variety from texas... maybe ill try moving it to a different spot in the tank and see if grows differently?|
|12-08-2013 04:55 AM|
The color of the L sphaerocarpa is better than when I had a row of it last time.
Perhaps some color shift from the bulbs over time.
I hope I can keep the colors up.
It's a fun easy plant to grow and scape with, not sure why it's not more sot after.
As far as the color differences:
Not sure why, other than the new 9 liter's worth of ADA aqua soil.
A few other plants responded very well. UG, Blood vomit, Rotala sunset etc.
The Rotala mini butter on the other hand has not done as nicely.
The rest have been pretty weedy.
R. mini butterfly has been a very easy plant in this and my other tanks.
So it's unusual there.
|12-08-2013 04:52 AM|
Some changes and I have a theme in mind later.
Rotala Sunset, Erio Compressum, and Ludwigia sphaerocarpa are all nice native USA plants that have recently come into the hobby via the work of fellow hobbyist.
Highlighting these species will be pretty much the central region of this tank.
I have to move a couple of things and wait for the plants to grow in some more.
I'll also be adding as row of Syngonanthus uaupes in the front and hack back some of the UG.
I can move the Tonina to the rear section somewhere and add the Erio compressum there, or maybe Erio setaceum type 3, we will see. Depends if I can get good growth form from the Erio compressum.
I might move the Tonina back to the far Right where it was before and then scratch the Syngonathus "madeira".
I also have Hydrocotyle verticillata I may work in somewhere.
Another native I've never seen in aquarium other than one book is P. americana, a nice little grass like fern. I have to wait till spring to hunt for it. It's local for me. So that's 5 months away.
Some groups need to grow out, some need added still, but the overall color and contrast is coming together.
|12-06-2013 05:56 PM|
I should get new pics up in a day or two.
|12-05-2013 11:27 PM|
|Craigthor||very nice tom, been a while since i stopped in and this tank has matured nicely.|
|12-05-2013 08:33 PM|
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