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12-26-2014 02:45 AM
synaethetic


Not sure where this tank is going, but I am noticing the R. Colorata responding to my mixed ferts I have been dosing this week. I believe i was lacking in some trace nutrients in the past. Getting redder growth at a lower depth in the tank.

Kind of want to rip out the Cabomba caroliniana on the right hand side. It's a pretty plant, but it loves growing horizontally over the Blyxa. The 4 x T5 has a very even spread of light throughout the tank, id like everything to grow perfectly vertical but some stems decide to compete more with others. I've needed to rip out and replant the tops of the Cabomba caroliniana two or three times already in just the few short weeks that I have been growing them. I chopped the tops this time and just read that it takes considerable time to form new growth. However, sideshoots from the bottom were occuring in several stems which is apparently rare. I think the blyxa would like more of the room in that section to grow.

It'd be more suitable to find a red species to blend well with the D. Diandra and R. Colorata to fill that section. Unsure what I'd like to track down but im going to begin some research.
12-21-2014 07:40 AM
synaethetic
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Originally Posted by Mumford View Post
Love the setup, you've swayed me into getting another light so I'll have 4 bulbs as well lol.

With the amount of light you have, how often are you keeping them on?
The Finnex i was using before was just not enough, even with the additional T5. Switching to the 4x T5 really boosted my growth, and with my bulb combination I am seeing good color at only about mid tank height, where as in the past my stems wouldnt color up until close to the top. I keep them on from Noon to 10:00pm. Anymore than that and I start getting too much GDA on the glass.

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Originally Posted by Sub1117 View Post
Hey synaethetic, I may have missed it, but what's your exact dosing schedule? The Colorata color is amazing!
Lately I have been dosing standard EI with dry fertz, using equilibrium at water change and half way through the week for potassium, dosing KN03 and Kh2PO4
for nitrates and phosphates. Aqua vitro envy for trace, supplemented with iron and csm+b. However, Ive been bad about dosing addition potassium and i fear ive been going overboard. Which could have contributed to my recent greenwater. So I'm switching to premixed solution of macros and a trace mix, to more easily dose using a syringe with ml's instead of mixing dry ferts each time i dose. The recipe I followed uses 5ml increments, one 5ml dose putting you at the low end of the EI suggestion. To meet the demands of my growth rate I am going to pay more attention to dosing on the higher end with this macro mix, while staying consistent with a csm+b, iron and Envy trace line up.

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Originally Posted by pebesiteuthis View Post
I just read through the entire log. You've come a long way! I have a 20 gallon i've had going for a few months too, i think you're really doing well scaping for the dimensions.
Next tank will be a 40gallon breeder, or something with a large footprint. I am not a fan of the lengthy tanks, this 20g high gives for a decent amount of vertical room to get some color in.

11-18-2014 11:25 PM
pebesiteuthis
Great Tank!

I just read through the entire log. You've come a long way! I have a 20 gallon i've had going for a few months too, i think you're really doing well scaping for the dimensions.
11-17-2014 12:13 AM
Sub1117 Hey synaethetic, I may have missed it, but what's your exact dosing schedule? The Colorata color is amazing!
11-11-2014 06:10 PM
Mumford Love the setup, you've swayed me into getting another light so I'll have 4 bulbs as well lol.

With the amount of light you have, how often are you keeping them on?
10-17-2014 01:00 AM
synaethetic Some growth over this week
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10-11-2014 10:32 PM
synaethetic Thank you, Aquaaurora

Co2 is my limiting factor at the moment. My aging eheim classic 2213 is barely cutting it these days. It powers my Mixmax co2 regulator which has a spinnning impeller to breakup the injected c02 bubbles. When the flow slows from buildup in the filters mechanical media, the impeller stops spinning and the c02 has a harder time breaking up, leading to a pocket forming with waterflow kind of falling through it.

I'm thinking of upgrading to a 2215 and using some broader mechanical filtration to allow better water flow, thus powering the regulator more efficiently allowing better c02 levels.
10-11-2014 10:18 PM
AquaAurora I envy how lush your tank is coming in! I am too much of a cheap ass to use co2 (and too lazy to mess with diy co2) so I'll never get that lushness XP
10-11-2014 08:49 PM
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Dosing more micros, seeing some results.
10-10-2014 04:35 AM
synaethetic One month update. Had some nice bushes trimmed up, and then the moneywort decided to float up one day... It had been growing sense foliage but not many roots, anyone know why it would do this? Everything else is growing good, got a patch of Staghorn algae on some hc but it's fairly dormant for now.
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09-16-2014 07:29 AM
dbw27 gorgeous
09-16-2014 07:17 AM
umarnasir335 This is probably the most evolved tank on this site. One heck of a tank in very capable hands
09-16-2014 03:44 AM
synaethetic Incoming new carpet. Leveled it out and replanted. Trimmed the DD on the left which is growing the quickest at the moment. Things are looking good, got algae under control for now. Going to have some bushes soon if I prune and dose accordingly.
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09-12-2014 04:53 PM
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09-09-2014 06:11 AM
synaethetic Attachment 368329 mating killifish. Not sure which species of they are, but they're a mated pair.
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