|Today 06:55 PM|
Thank you AquaAurora, for the "ooh's" and "ahh's"!
Nice eye, Josh! That is one of Jojo's awesome Rosanervig's. I thought that I would try it one last time. I've never seemed to be able to keep that specie alive, for some reason, in the past. So far, so good, though! I'll keep my fingers crossed.
You bring up a point regarding the stone and such. I did do a massive trim several months ago in order to better see the Seriyu and smaller plant species, but since the top has filled in, it really looked odd. I had this full, luscious looking top part, and a skimpy looking bottom part, and I didn't care for it too much. In order to compensate, I would probably need another few hundred pounds of Seriyu to add and take the place of the stems, and I just don't want to do that. At least for now. I see where you are coming from, but it wouldn't look good overall.
|Today 06:08 PM|
It's looking good my friend! I see you got some of Manini's Rosanervig? Mine just put out its first daughter plant. I feel like it looks beautiful in its own right. However, my heart longs to see the definition of the rocky peninsulas that you had at the beginning of this scape. Your stems look gorgeous, but I miss the crypty, bucey, rocky goodness. Is it still in there hiding?
Aside from that, I must say the above water plants have never looked better! Superb job there my friend.
|Today 06:01 PM|
ooooooo aaaahhhh [group unison 'aww'ing]
Very beautiful set up! wonderful photos too, thanks for sharing them
|Today 05:46 PM|
Pics as promised! Taken this past Sunday. I am also very happy to pass along that I have my first publication to my credit, which is very exciting for me, and it can be found in the very first inaugural issue of "Tropical Habitat" magazine. These guys did a great job with the issue, and it is available digitally, if you are in the USA....or in traditional form in the UK! Look it up online....it's a very attractive hobbyist magazine.
Moving along to the pics!
Ludwigia sp. "Atlantis"
Tillandsia species in bloom!
View from the Dining Room:
Just the top part:
Full Tank Shot:
For those of you who think that I don't like fish:
Closer shot of the left side of the tank:
Whole mess of Hygrophila "Tiger"
Branch with plants
Ficus....simple, but effective!
Regnellidium diphyllum. I guarantee you that you don't have this:
....you can see it growing straight up to the surface in this picture:
...and here are the leaves of it at the surface:
Just looking into a random nook, simply seeing what is growing:
Neat shot of Pilularia (the grassy looking fern just to the right of the Mint stems), some Marsilea schlepiana (green plant in the dead-center):
Closer look at the group of Marselia schlepiana:
Few more...looking down into the tank:
THANK YOU for looking everyone!
|Today 03:28 AM|
Hi Craig! Long time no see! Thanks for checking in, sir.
Keith - feel free to shoot me a note anytime buddy! I'd be happy to help. I will make plans to stop by on my back from Athens and grab lunch with before heading back to Nashville.
LICfish - thank you very much!! I'm happy that you like it. With the right lights and bulb combos, you can get some really nice results, assuming you have a decent substrate and fert schedule. Ample lighting is key!
More pictures tomorrow! Took some nice ones from this past Sunday that I will be sharing,
|12-09-2013 11:05 PM|
|LICfish||Your tank is absolutely stunning. One of my all time favorites! I wish I could get colors like that in my tank.|
|12-08-2013 05:29 PM|
Would have to go bend some conduit to hang the light once the semester break begins. I would definitely need your advice and help from time to time bro.
Let's meet in Feb!
|12-06-2013 11:44 PM|
|12-06-2013 11:35 PM|
As (sort-of-almost) promised, I return for you Dennis and Keith!
Den--I don't run mine 24/7. I used to, and decided that there was no real benefit and I was just wasting CO2. Besides, it's on for about 14 hours anyhow, which is plenty!! I use a needle wheel regulator from GLA. Orlando and I are fairly well acquainted, and he makes a wonderful regulator. I bought my first one from him about 7 years ago, and it was still working perfectly well when I decided to give that one to a friend of mine and get an upgraded one for myself.
Hi Keith! I can't really tell you exact measurements, except that I run my CO2 at a 3 bubbles/sec rate. I have achieved a balance in my system because I was able to start off lightly dosing, and gradually build to a point of seeing algae growth, then cut back either on concentration of ferts in the dosing bottle (smaller or less "pinches"), frequency, or both. Usually all of those factors come into play. As does lighting, plant species, substrate composition and mass, bio load, and water change frequency, pH, photoperiod, and CO2. Beyond that, you have finer details that can factor into the equation, like gH, KH, total dissolved solids, mineral content, temperature, ambient lighting, water movement and filtration, bulb age, and so forth. You have to develop a feel for your system using general guidelines, then make your own tweaks as you need to. It's not the quickest way, but it is certainly the best way to gain a stable system longer term. It wouldn't matter what my testing results were; your system would be naturally different than mine and require it's own fert schedule based on those natural differences. My suggestion is to start off using small amounts of weak concentrated ferts dosing every other day, and see how the plants do. Then, start tailoring the concentration and amounts to fit the needs of your system. I can try to help you, if you would like, Keith.
Of course I will contact you to see if we can grab lunch. I'll be in the area again around 2/17, so we can try to set something up for then!
|12-05-2013 04:22 AM|
Wolf, I really appreciate that! Thank you for reading!!
Obakemono, I think that you do some wonderful stuff! Just stick to it and be patient!
Keith and Dennis, I promise to respond to your questions tomorrow night or first thing Friday morning! It's been a long and tiring business trip, and I have to go crash! So worn out!
|12-05-2013 03:27 AM|
|denske||Don, do you run your co2 24 hrs a day? What needle valve do you use?|
|12-05-2013 01:45 AM|
Don, just another question for you, since you are not doing EI for dosing, how do you tell how much and what kind of ferts(including co2) you need the first time around(when you first setup your tank), and still avoid major algae issues? Reason I ask is that if I do setup my tank(which I need to), I am planing to dose the ferts based on the amount I need, like what you are doing, and would like to get your advice on it.
You are always welcome anywhere I am. I will make time to meet up with you. Drop me an email or give me a call when the time comes. I am looking forward to seeing you again bro.
|12-02-2013 05:39 AM|
|Wolf19||The journey and the current tank is inspiring. Thank you for sharing everything in so much detail.|
|12-02-2013 01:21 AM|
|Obakemono||Looks like your tank is really doing well. Can't speak for mine.|
|12-02-2013 01:12 AM|
Hey HellFish! No, I don't use RO water; the plants need the minerals and I soften the water using peat granules and by rinsing water through the dried leaf debris on the branches. I have a KH of 4 without doing anything else.
My fertilizer dosing is somewhat unique. I measure amounts by "pinches" of dry powders dissolved into water, and dose the liquid volume visually. Macros are added about twice per week, sometimes just once, and micros are added about twice per week, sometimes a little more often. My CO2 is injected via needle wheel pump through a spraybar in the back, and I rely on the powerheads and filters to help spread that around the tank. I don't use a drop checker. The resulting microbubble "mist" is seen, but the amount varies. I suspect that the distribution needs some more "oomph," so I've gotten myself a better powerhead that ought to do the trick, when I get back from work this coming week in Miami.
I think that the grass you refer to is just plain ol' Lileopsis brazilensis. But, I'd be happy to take some pictures of it when I return from my work trip. It does create a nice effect through the tank and helps tie in everything.
Thanks for the compliments HellFish! I appreciate them!
TLyons! You bet!!
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