|01-19-2013 09:59 PM|
The Najas has definitely doubled in size and reached the top, so I guess my worries about the secondary light not being enough were unfounded. Still, I'd like something to light it up to show it off. The Anacharis doesn't really seem to have grown as much. At the rate that I know Najas grows, I'm going to have to figure out how to trim the plants from the tiny neck somehow when needed. I don't want the Najas to completely take over.
The three Ramshorns died an hour after I released the gases from the dirt as did four RCS. I had done a water change right after I poked the substrate but I guess that wasn't enough. I've since done another water change and added a few more RCS.
|01-15-2013 09:18 PM|
|01-15-2013 06:34 PM|
|hhk12||cool idea! how do you do water changes?|
|01-15-2013 05:58 PM|
|Knotyoureality||Gotta' admit, I've been tempted to try one of these--but I prefer at least some livestock, even if only snails, in all my planted vases and the low surface available for gas exchange (or air movement to facilitate it) knocked them off my project list for the time being.|
|01-15-2013 04:00 PM|
|01-15-2013 02:36 PM|
Last night, I met something unexpected: a rising water level. You can see the level in the neck that it was at in the beginning and it was at the very lip with the Ramshorns hanging out there. I noticed them staying there and that's why I was thinking it wasn't getting enough oxygen exchange so I was going to lower the water level to create more water surface for oxygen exchange.
I have no explanation, either. The only possible thing I can think of is I put in a piece of boiled calcium that they use for birds in there as well as my other tanks. Nothing else could have made the water level rise.
I'm definitely not mistaken. It overspilled when I put the hose in to take out a little bit of the water. I'm going to be using a dry erase marker to see if the level rises again or not. It took a couple of days for it to fully rise, so we'll see in a couple of days, maybe...
|01-12-2013 10:48 PM|
|amajoh||Now this is cool.|
|01-12-2013 08:34 PM|
Are you talking about this?
What level of lighting would this thing be?
|01-12-2013 05:56 PM|
That's the best use of left over glass bottles I've seen
nice way to recycle!
|01-12-2013 05:44 PM|
|01-12-2013 03:55 PM|
|jarvitron||For anacharis and najas? It'll be plenty. If you wanna overkill it, go to Target and get a flexy gooseneck 1W led and point it in the neck, they're $20 if you catch em' on sale.|
|01-12-2013 04:49 AM|
Though now I'm thinking that the secondary light from the Dispenser won't be enough for the jug. Any suggestions on what to do?
|01-11-2013 11:27 PM|
|Disher||Now I want a beer. This will look great when it's over grown|
|01-11-2013 11:02 PM|
|GMYukonon24s||Sweet beer jug!|
|01-11-2013 10:52 PM|
Beer Jug NPT Nano!
This is a 1/2 gallon Carolina Brewery Beer Jug. It's a Naturally Planted Tank filled with oscomote pellets and dry ferts then my prepared dirt, then the leftover sand that I had from my old 40 Gallon Breeder (I didn't have any other sand and I wanted to make this ASAP.) and a couple stalks of anacharis with one stalk of Najas Grass (grows like a weed... well, it IS considered a noxious weed!) with one small java fern tied to a tiny piece of driftwood (You cant see it. It's just there as a weight.) At some point I'd love to put in some flexible dried twigs or something but the opening is pretty tiny so I don't know if I can.
Anyway, about 12-13 RCS are in it along with 3 baby Ramshorn snails. There's dried MTS in the sand left over from the 40G and they should come back. The light is the secondhand... er... secondlight? Secondary light? Bylight? from the Beverage Dispenser. I'm not sure if that will work or if I'll have to find an alternate light but I'm trying it anyway. I took about 1/2 of old tank water from the RCS and 1/2 fresh water from their usual source so I'm hoping they're not going to die like my dispenser did...