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06-30-2014 10:34 PM
NWA-Planted Wow first off, let me apologize for the lack of updates, I am still alive and so is the tank dimwit built (thats me) currently just did a huge overhaul removed a ton of plants. Will be adding some back in. If my luck holds I will be upgrading lighting to dual ecoxtic e series fixtures which should greatly open up plant options such as maybe a carpet!!! Lol

Of course pictures



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09-02-2013 01:22 AM
NWA-Planted
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What's up with Ludwigia? Next time you are getting lava rock, hopefully you can keep up with it's growth.
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LOL

v2

I am keeping some mister!! Just not in that tank, grows like wild fire!!!

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09-02-2013 12:57 AM
OVT What's up with Ludwigia? Next time you are getting lava rock, hopefully you can keep up with it's growth.
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LOL

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09-01-2013 11:40 PM
NWA-Planted Well the dwarf hair grass didn't pan out... But that's ok, here hopefully in the next month or two after I get the wife's embroidery machine I can build my new fixtures..

Anywho! Big trim, removed the ludwigia hybrid thing... Just couldn't keep up with it!! Relocated the Lotus into the back corner trimmed the reineckii etc




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07-27-2013 08:52 PM
NWA-Planted
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These tanks are so nice. I'm here fawning over it.

Wonderful job and I'm in love with your internal sump (ideas, ideas), loving the plants too. I definitely want one of those as my next project.
If I can help at all don't hesitate to send me a pm!

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07-27-2013 08:40 PM
gt turbo These tanks are so nice. I'm here fawning over it.

Wonderful job and I'm in love with your internal sump (ideas, ideas), loving the plants too. I definitely want one of those as my next project.
07-27-2013 07:18 PM
NWA-Planted I will definitely have to check that... My last substrate was inert, over supply of nutrients hadn't crossed my mind..

And yes that loud :-/

I will just invest in a little korila nano

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07-27-2013 03:49 PM
Phil Edwards NWA, I asked about PO4 because of the Staghorn I saw in the tank. It would be worth a test to see what your P and N are at. I ran into some serious algae issues dosing standard EI in a 75 with new AS for the first four months or so. Turns out that stuff puts out a lot more nutrients into the water than I anticipated so my levels were WAAAAAAY out of whack.

Super noisy as in you can hear it across the room noisy?
07-27-2013 01:17 PM
OVT
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...how can you propagate tiger Lotus?
It propagates itself in several ways: a) via short runners b) bulbs at the roots c) via seeds after flowereing
07-27-2013 12:44 PM
NWA-Planted
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Hands off my lotus

Check out Hydor Flo, ~$9.

PS: it is still a secret, but I am thinking of using lotus as a centerpiece in my new 24" cube. Sort of like a flower arrangement in a vase.

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I will check that out! On that note how can you propagate tiger Lotus?

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07-27-2013 05:15 AM
OVT Hands off my lotus

Check out Hydor Flo, ~$9.

PS: it is still a secret, but I am thinking of using lotus as a centerpiece in my new 24" cube. Sort of like a flower arrangement in a vase.

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07-27-2013 03:38 AM
NWA-Planted
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I second the idea of splitting the bunches in half again. It takes a long time to get established, but when it does it grows quickly. Especially in substrates like what you have.

How're your PO4 levels looking?


If you can spare the cash, Marineland makes a mod for maxi-jets to turn the pump into a more gentle circulation machine akin to Korallias. That might be a good option for you since you've already got the pump. Google Maxi Jet Circulation Pump.
Guess I will be doing some gardening tomorrow

As far as the PO4, not sure, don't have anything to test that... But currently dosing via the ei method so should have plenty

I actually have the circulation attachment for it, however not only is it SUPER loud makes it like a 1200gph circulation head... Which was overkill in my 125, it would turn this one into a whirlpool lol

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07-27-2013 03:04 AM
Phil Edwards I second the idea of splitting the bunches in half again. It takes a long time to get established, but when it does it grows quickly. Especially in substrates like what you have.

How're your PO4 levels looking?


If you can spare the cash, Marineland makes a mod for maxi-jets to turn the pump into a more gentle circulation machine akin to Korallias. That might be a good option for you since you've already got the pump. Google Maxi Jet Circulation Pump.
07-27-2013 02:20 AM
NWA-Planted
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Looking pretty good there NWA. I like your idea for the internal filter and it looks like your plants appreciate it too. Can't wait for that grass to grow in. If my tank's up and running by the time your tiger lotus has outgrown its welcome I'll take it off your hands. Until that time, don't be afraid to be ruthless with trimming it. Cutting back the leaves racing for the surface will help keep it growing low.
Thank you Sir! I have two in there... Let me know when your ready for one

And the grass needs to hurry...

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07-27-2013 01:59 AM
Phil Edwards Looking pretty good there NWA. I like your idea for the internal filter and it looks like your plants appreciate it too. Can't wait for that grass to grow in. If my tank's up and running by the time your tiger lotus has outgrown its welcome I'll take it off your hands. Until that time, don't be afraid to be ruthless with trimming it. Cutting back the leaves racing for the surface will help keep it growing low.
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