|Today 03:49 AM|
Lol! Thanks kwheeler! It was set up with that in mind, initially. I wanted to make a system that became easier to handle over time instead of harder. The stems always need a little work, but that doesn't take much time. It's easier to get thing to all peak at the right time. much easier than my last set up.
Hi Izabella! Thank you very much!
Thank you very much cgwinner. I appreciate it! There are a lot of things going on in the tank, and quite often, something sprouts up that seemingly comes from nowhere. It's an adventure for me too, which makes it fun. Which is the point.
I do have occasional insect issues, but most seem to be subsiding. I used to have aphids, which was really annoying, though the fish loved eating them. I started growing mint, which is a natural aphid repellent, and now, they are pretty much gone. I've seen the occasional ant from time to time, and the fruit flies can get annoying, but have also been subsiding since the late Fall. Just pests....nothing problematic though.
|Yesterday 08:54 PM|
There is so much raw natural beauty to this tank. See something new in every new pic you post, making me wish I could see the whole thing in person to try and soak it all in. (Probably would take a week though haha) Really hard to get a fish that could truly compliment or be a show stopper like the rest of the tank, but the fish do look happy and healthy.
Do you have any issues with insects from lush jungle you have growing above the water line. You should rename this "Crazydaz's Jewel in the MIST". There is not a plant or animal that does not look a happy in the glass cage you call an aquarium.
|Yesterday 07:59 PM|
|izabella87||its so prettyyyy|
|Yesterday 07:56 PM|
|kwheeler91||Dude, this is the best it has ever looked. Not that it ever looked bad, but this is sweet man. Sorry for the dude + man + sweet lol, its my envy shining through all dude where's my car style.|
|Yesterday 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.
|Yesterday 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.
|Yesterday 06:01 PM|
ooooooo aaaahhhh [group unison 'aww'ing]
Very beautiful set up! wonderful photos too, thanks for sharing them
|Yesterday 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!
|Yesterday 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?|
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