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10-16-2013 02:21 AM
auban
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Originally Posted by kwheeler91 View Post
the algae and wood look cool together. is it marimo?
nope. my own concoction of various cladophora algaes.
10-15-2013 03:39 PM
kwheeler91 the algae and wood look cool together. is it marimo?
10-14-2013 09:19 AM
auban so...
we tore it down. i ended up turning it over to my wife to take care of, but she didnt like the daily maintenance it required.
things grew out of the tank in the first week, then started getting burned by the bulbs above...
so, the growth never really slowed down. i just stopped maintaining it. i had to focus on my studies and didnt have time for anything else.

my job depends on me passing the course im in, and everything else fell to the side when it started getting difficult.

we ended up converting it to a shrimp and algae tank. we gave most of the plants away to friends.
this is the same tank now:


i have to say, it certainly was fun while it lasted. after i move again, ill be in a better position to start it back up as a planted tank. until then, ill be running tanks that pretty much run themselves.
08-28-2013 01:00 AM
tattooedfool83 Any updates
02-06-2013 08:08 AM
auban

i will be able to take better quality photos tomorrow.

i trimmed the tops of all the glandulosa to the left, so they arent growing quite as fast. trying to get them to fill in a little better but they arent wanting to cooperate much. got plenty of new root growth from the glandulosa clump in the middle, as well as new growth. im letting the bunches of plants grow out like this until i ship them.
02-03-2013 11:51 PM
l8nite all I can think about is... MF1.
02-03-2013 11:48 PM
auban here is the latest pic. i started adding a fertilizer and have been seeing some incredible growth. i cant name the fertilizer, so dont ask. if you already know what it is, please refer to it only as "MF1". im just letting everyone know that the progress from here on out, until i stop adding the "mystery fert 1"(ill call it MF1) is not from the substrate alone.

the rotala on the left has been chopped off several inches below the surface. it is what you see slightly left of the middle, on the driftwood. i wrapped a rubber band around it and will be letting it grow in the tank until i send it to a friend of mine, along with the cluster of ludwigia glandulosa stems just beneath it, and the small cluster of the native red ludwigia palustris that i collected in north carolina. the last one is located on the right side of the tank. i have been trimming the glandulosa quite aggressively lately, as it has been growing extremely fast for me. in a few days the stems in the back will have reached the surface again and i will have to trim them.

the hybrid ludwigia is growing extremely fast. the small cluster on the front of the tank are the stems i kept back that were blooming. also part of the package ill be sending out soon. it is still there in the back, but i trimmed it quite a bit.

it wont be very long before the cabomba furcata is being trimmed as well. when it was introduced, it was already half melted. its picking up quite well now.



i apologize for the low quality, i smashed my smart phone while in the throws of a cluster headache. i have another one coming soon.
01-30-2013 12:51 AM
GMYukonon24s That's sweet! Also nice tank!
01-30-2013 12:44 AM
auban the flower is opening up.
underwater.
awesome!

01-27-2013 08:49 PM
DogFish
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Originally Posted by auban View Post
you dont know what i have in mind...

when i set it up, IF i can set it up the way i want to, ill make a thread about it.

I certainly will look forward to seeing your project.
01-27-2013 01:38 PM
auban
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Originally Posted by DogFish View Post
I'm pretty positive that would be too much initially. If you have ever walked in a cow pasture you'll notice a burn ring around a cow patty. You will also notice that aged patties eventually have weeds/grass growing through them.

Your tank works because it was aged manure. My tanks works because of the % of fresh organics in relationship to active soil was in a balance the plants would tolerate.
you dont know what i have in mind...

when i set it up, IF i can set it up the way i want to, ill make a thread about it.
01-27-2013 12:50 PM
DogFish
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Originally Posted by auban View Post
i just thought of something that might make a real poop tank possible. as in, you would be able to toss in whole turds, a lot of them, and then cap it. im going to start working on the idea...

if it works, i may be able to line the bottom of a tank with poo and not have insane ammonia problems. i wonder how fast a tank like that would grow plants...
I'm pretty positive that would be too much initially. If you have ever walked in a cow pasture you'll notice a burn ring around a cow patty. You will also notice that aged patties eventually have weeds/grass growing through them.

Your tank works because it was aged manure. My tanks works because of the % of fresh organics in relationship to active soil was in a balance the plants would tolerate.
01-27-2013 07:14 AM
danakin Clearly, you are a wizard.
01-27-2013 07:04 AM
auban ok, so i was trimming my plants and, as usual, inspected the clippings for algae. i found something kinda cool...

these clippings have been completely submerged the entire time, yet look at what i found on them:



in total, i found four stems that have flowers. there is one more that is still connected to the main plant that i am going to leave be and see what happens. this is kinda cool, i have never seen ludwigia bloom completely submerged before.
01-24-2013 11:28 AM
shiloh
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i just thought of something that might make a real poop tank possible. as in, you would be able to toss in whole turds, a lot of them, and then cap it. im going to start working on the idea...

if it works, i may be able to line the bottom of a tank with poo and not have insane ammonia problems. i wonder how fast a tank like that would grow plants...
Just get like 3 plecs. My one large pleco effectively turned my 55 into a poop tank
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