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08-07-2013 01:48 PM
jfynyson Tank is still looking great. I always love coming back to see your tank. My water parameters are very very close to yours. I'm seeing good growth (have to do bi-weekly trimming of some plants). I know you've mentioned you've had your bouts with algae. Have you ever experienced green beard algae (aka fuzz algae) ? If so what did you do ? I also have platies but I do not see them peaking at this stuff. My otos do not touch it either. DarkCobra's 1-2 punch with H2O2 & Excel do not touch this stuff either. I cannot find any info at all with regards to why I'm seeing this in the past month in my system when things were going so well. Thinking about trying black mollies as they may hit it up a bit.


I have 135gal high light (~ 80-100 PAR from LEDs at substrate) for 7 hrs (cut down from 8hrs), running about 40ppm CO2 (I titrated it), dosing EI (keeping NO3 around 30-40ppm, phos around 2-5ppm, adding potassium at same level as NO3, adding micros & Mg sulfate at same level as micros). I have good flow across the top of the water with a powerhead on each tank end(maybe too much as some plants lean side to side vs a gentle sway ???), add air stone at night, perform 50-60% WC weekly.
08-07-2013 04:43 AM
Kathyy
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Originally Posted by shawnleon View Post
Love the density of the scape, everything flows nicely and feels very organic. The rocks feel appropriately sized and blend in nicely. How are the Congo tetras treating the ferns?
Thanks! I have been trying avoid total anarchy by having a stronger hardscape than I have ever put together but it is rapidly vanishing. I think I have seen a couple of fern samples taken but so far they have been able to outgrow any grazing. I love my rocks but a neighbor has a larger one just rolling around the shrubbery and am thinking of asking if he wouldn't mind rehoming that one and any others he has that aren't being used. It would be nice to have fewer and larger rocks as they just vanish under the plants. You think that looks dense, the ferns have been going nuts for the past 2 months.

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Originally Posted by rustbucket View Post
Looking so nice, and the Congos!!!!!!!!! I'll switch my plants to suit them if I have too, love these fish so much, and yours are gorgeous
They sure are gorgeous!

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Originally Posted by HD Blazingwolf View Post
very true statement
i find this very so in my 75 gallon. i have 324 watts sitting over it from a Tek fixture
i've missed a water change before... BAD idea
It is amazing what a difference they make! Last summer the tank missed maybe 2 changes and what a mess I came home to!

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Originally Posted by jfynyson View Post
Curious. Could you share what your latest tank parameters are ?

temp
pH
KH
CO2 set up & bps
NO3
PO4
Dosing frequency
etc...
temp - about 76*F but the thermometer is in the sump and hard to read!
pH - 6.2-6.4 with CO2 on, 7.6 when it turns on each day.
KH - I think it is between 3-4 but my test is really old.
CO2 - set up & bps A 20" Cerges reactor powered by a RIO 2500 on its own open loop sitting in the sump. Cannot count the bubbles per second but 10 pounds of CO2 lasts for about a month.
NO3 - varies depending on how many water changes I do, 5-10 if 75% 2x a week, 30 if 50% 1x a week
PO4 - I haven't used the test lately but it was quite high last time. Plants did not like 2x 75% water changes with the same dosing I do at 1x and 50% change. I sure did though, the water was so clear and clean and there seemed to be less algae starting up.
Dosing frequency - 3x a week NO3+P, 3x a week micros, at water change I currently only dose Mg and Ca as I ran out of K. Staurogyne repens really took off when I was using the K.

On to the photos. I have been enjoying the tank and haven't missed water changes and even took out all the stems and reorganized them but my main obsession for the past month has been my new little 19 pound dog Ginger. Working on the fat [couldn't feel any torso bones at all when she came home], no longer flea ridden [I couldn't sleep the first night because I was itchy in sympathy with the poor thing] and a spunky fun little dog. She is supposed to be about 5 years old and really looks up to 13 year old Max. Have been reading up on going slow with a new dog and have mostly resisted heavy training but she is taking a lot of my brain power lately. Simply having her stay out of the kitchen at meal prep time has been quite a lot of work as she is really good at hiding behind me without getting stepped on. She looks to be a min pin/chihuahua/pomeranian/spaniel/JRT sort of dog. Be really interesting if she is actually a large flop eared long haired 'landrace' chihuahua as I have long been interested in natural breeds.
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Tank today after a 75% water change and a week's worth of growth on stems. Giving up on pennywort in the fastest water movement. That mystery stem is very stiff and doing much better in that spot. I think it is Proserpinaca palustris but a very vigorous one that isn't getting red or divided leaves in my tank.
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What the tank looked like before I did the weeding out last week and another just before I rehomed the enormous narrow leaf java fern. Most of the java is now the dwarf one which isn't so dwarf anymore. I really like the way it grows but of course it needs to be pruned and I will let it grow until that wood is completely covered...........
05-21-2013 01:47 AM
jfynyson Curious. Could you share what your latest tank parameters are ?

temp
pH
KH
CO2 set up & bps
NO3
PO4
Dosing frequency
etc...
05-20-2013 09:03 PM
nikonD70s looking good as always kathy. congo's look so much better in a planted tank. changed my substrate back to white sand the my congo's arent as nice. makes me want to sell all congos. or go back to planted.
05-20-2013 08:30 PM
HD Blazingwolf
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Originally Posted by Kathyy View Post
I suspect keeping water really clean may be quite important to fighting algae at least in a bright CO2 injected tank.
very true statement
i find this very so in my 75 gallon. i have 324 watts sitting over it from a Tek fixture
i've missed a water change before... BAD idea
05-20-2013 03:27 PM
rustbucket Looking so nice, and the Congos!!!!!!!!! I'll switch my plants to suit them if I have too, love these fish so much, and yours are gorgeous
05-20-2013 02:32 PM
Kathyy Java, no interest. Bolbitis, I have seen them eying them and I think one took a chunk off one time - and that is how the H. sibthorpioides feasting started. Leaving the fine leaved plants alone though. It took them a year to decide they wanted fresh greens and they still stay away from the zucchini. Maybe I will try blanching some greens for them.

Thanks. It took me a long time to realize an aquarium scape needs to come from the same place as a terrestrial garden - the hard scape comes first. Once the shape is in you can figure out what plants go where. Ideally I would be choosing plants to fit the scape rather than placing the plants I have in the best spot for them in the tank but haven't gotten there yet.
05-20-2013 08:35 AM
shawnleon
180 Gallons of Ferny Wood

Love the density of the scape, everything flows nicely and feels very organic. The rocks feel appropriately sized and blend in nicely. How are the Congo tetras treating the ferns?
05-20-2013 06:06 AM
Kathyy Really haven't abandoned my tank, it is going strong. Just haven't taken any photos until tonight. Didn't wipe the drips off the tank, didn't wipe the GSA off the bottom of the panes, didn't do any pruning either though. Fish are happy and BBA is hanging on as a minor nuisance. I cannot see any algae from my chair, the plants are looking nice and I like the way the fish swim around my scape.

Rehomed most of the narrow leaved java fern and all the red java fern. No idea how large a tank the red java fern deserves, a lot larger than mine! It grew like a super sized trident for the most part, really big. The many stems in the back are all showing up now and I am liking all the variety. Potamogeton gayi, Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' I think, Rotala rotundifolia, Hygrophilia polysperma, Lysimachia nummularia and my old favorites Hydrocotyle leucocephala and Myriophyllum mattogrossense plus a little of the red Ludwigia are on the right and the left center has Persicaria sp. 'Kawagoeanum'. A scrap of hornwort has finally grown into something healthy and is anchored around a branch. It would rather wind around the java fern though. Need to work on what goes where I suppose.... later. I am thinking some stems look good mixed together and some don't.

FTS. Moved my java fern island to where the red java fern was before and some Blyxa japonica is in its place. The Trident java fern and the island really clashed. I didn't know Trident grew so large! That female Congo tetra reduced the Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides to stems and the Lindernia had no where else to go so am trying it in the dark right front corner. It looks nice but not sure it will do well. I put the H. sibthorpioides stems into a little glass jar with a bit of potting soil to see if it can grow back from bare stems just in moist air. A strand of java moss got in there as well.


Center of tank, love the way the rock and wood fit together and the crypt is finally showing its stuff. Staurogyne repens has decided to hunker down and grow nice and thick but it still doesn't look right. Marsilea has thickened into a nice carpet again out of sight on the left and there is a small amount of Elatine triandra that might get S. repens evicted once and for all if it takes off. It is scattered all through the front of the tank. Right where the two rocks meet is a 9 leaved Buce of some sort. It has had 9 leaves for a couple weeks but it was a cutting that now has 3 strong roots so that counts for something. It is tied to a small rock as the actual stem still wobbles a bit.
05-08-2013 08:27 PM
Dfektor Again super work! A beauty of a tank!
04-14-2013 09:20 PM
shawnleon
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This is really a great project. My girlfriend has been pushing Congo Tetras for weeks now and this makes it official, they've totally earned a place in my next tank!
I'm a man of word! Attended a fish auction today and had this tank in mind when I purchased six congo tetras!
04-14-2013 08:44 PM
Saxtonhill Very much enjoyed the video. Every time I look at photos of this tank, I am in awe
04-12-2013 01:23 AM
driftwoodhunter Crazy good tank! I can never see enough of this one - and the vids were hardly shaky at all!
04-12-2013 01:13 AM
shawnleon This is really a great project. My girlfriend has been pushing Congo Tetras for weeks now and this makes it official, they've totally earned a place in my next tank!
04-08-2013 07:27 AM
Kathyy Worked in the tank this evening. Took a few very bad videos before digging in. Take Dramamine before clicking on the picture to view this Canlax. Between my unsteady hand and the plants waving around..... It doesn't look that busy IRL.

And a still shot. Both of the video and photo are uncorrected for color and the truth is somewhere between.


I don't notice any evaporation in this tank. It is mostly covered with warped pieces of acrylic and the sump is covered as well. I do keep it quite full - when pumps are off and I pull the standpipe the water level in the sump is close to the top of the sump tank. This tank is so pretty I may take the covers off in time. In the 100 gallon tank with a 14 gallon sump the system lost precisely enough water so I was required to make a weekly water change. I filled the sump to the brim with pump off and at the end of the week I was nagged by the sound of the poor pump sucking air. Neither sump had/have any dividers in them so can be completely filled with water.

On April 3rd I put 48 grams of pennywort to float on the left side of the tank. Today I took out 75 grams of pennywort from that area. Guess the pennywort is growing okay at least! I really should try this with one of the Anubias too.

Speaking of Anubias I figured out how to use that huge one on the left to better effect. There is a big blank spot under the crypt and largest arch of wood, put it there! So I pried the unhappy Anubias off the rocks and moved half of it. I had to cut the lowest bit off as it was not budging. Now I can see my crypt a little. Was interested to note that the undersides of the older leaves were not pale green but had an ochre tone to them, probably seen it before and forgot about it!

Also pruned most of the background stems back. The Rotala was looking horrible with cut and resprouted ends mixed with nice straight stems plainly visible even though the tips were looking really nice. Pennywort was taking over just the way I like so it got cut back. I left the Myrio alone and even got it untangled a little so it is the dominant background plant at the moment. The Hygro was just pruned as usual.

BBA is still in the tank. I squirt it with Metricide and it goes red or just disappears but I keep finding new colonies - perhaps because this scape is a bit of a maze and plants are growing over so much of it. Now I am finding it on rocks though. Not on stems and very little on the Anubias and Bolbitis. They really seem to be appreciating the longer day and increased intensity of light.

I was lucky enough to be able to get one of Hoppy's PAR meters but I need a couple of dry hands to take better notes. All I could get on my own were air readings, 15 in the dim corners to 280 under the bulbs at a distance of about 12". I think I got 60-90PAR on tops of plants but what plants??
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