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09-15-2014 07:38 PM
wheatiesl337 Yes, it is a flowering crypt. pontederiifolia. That is probably the 5th spathe that pont. has put out since spring. A crypt. wendtii bronze is also blooming on the far left, but the spathe is rather bland and blends in. I am working a few new crypts into the ledge I would like to try to get to bloom as well: ciliata and cordata.
09-15-2014 07:05 PM
BruceF Nicely done. A flower too! Is that a crypt in the foreground?
09-15-2014 06:52 PM
Video Update #4

Video update on the paludarium from September 2014. I replaced the d. capensis with UG. I might try some drosera in a few different spots up a bit higher on the ledge. The c. spiralis is also trimmed way back in this video:
10-10-2013 07:45 PM
wheatiesl337 The bottom is dirted capped with black blasting sand with a bit of eco mixed in. Top ledges are primarily blasting sand with a bit of eco again. The d. capensis was growing pretty much in plain sand, so I hope it takes to the black blasting sand.

As for the amount of RO I use on this particular tank, it only holds ~27 depending on how high I fill it. I don't use more than 10g of RO water for a major water change (how much depends on if I remineralize or am lazy and just mix in tap). I can do water changes as infrequently as once a month.
10-10-2013 06:50 PM
jpappy789 That's dedication...I only have about 40 combined gallons of water to work with and I'm far too lazy to use RO as the only source of water on my tanks.

What type of substrate/media is it in? That's another big factor.
10-10-2013 04:41 AM
wheatiesl337 Tap water here is liquid rock unfortunately (~333 TDS and 8.4+ pH). Most my favorite fish and shrimp are soft water though, so I was already using re-mineralized RO water. I installed a Costco RO filter. I keep a few 5g containers filled from the RO filter, so not too much more work than water changes straight out of the tap.
10-10-2013 01:47 AM
jpappy789 Happen to know your the TDS of the water? I've always wanted to combine CP's with aquariums but I've always lived in areas with water high in minerals/TDS...right now I get just above 300 ppm in my tanks, which still out of range for even hardy CP's like D. capensis to survive. Thought about cutting with RO but that's more expensive and time consuming than hooking right up to the faucet...
10-09-2013 11:56 PM
jmeister looks great, the parva really filled out
10-09-2013 11:36 PM
wheatiesl337 I posted my fourth photo update in my tank journal here.

My third video update is also posted.

My favorite new addition has to be this guy:

07-22-2013 08:21 PM
Video Update #2

As promised, a video update. Two brief videos to show the great emergent crypt growth and my tinkerings underwater: added some crypt. spiralis and driftwood. I am very pleased with the look of the spiralis.
Video Update #2:

Side View

Top View
06-16-2013 08:12 PM
wheatiesl337 I posted some updated pictures to this tank here:

I have a bit more tinker to do to get the tank where I want it I think. I'll work on getting a new video up once it's there.
01-17-2013 11:09 PM
wheatiesl337 Thanks for the comments. I will look into the mistking products, as I have seen them mentioned around here before.

Hopefully I'll have another video up in the future that is higher quality (not cell phone! it can't handle reflections off the rock, I swear the glare isnt that bad in person). Lots of new growth from the mosses and plants on the rock ledge.
01-17-2013 05:44 PM
01-17-2013 05:31 PM
MiniFishRoom Looks awesome!
01-17-2013 05:26 PM
shiloh Nice! The fish seem to like it.
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