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10-16-2014 11:48 PM
johnson18 55 is up and running again. I cleared out most of the dead organic matter but left the plant bases intact. Doubt anything will grow back at this point but it doesn't cost me anything to try.

I added the following crypts:
bangkanensis MST 02-52

cordata 'Thailand' Kulok CTSK

longicauda "Bangka: Pudingbesar (Waser 01)

minima BAST 1094

x purpurea GG-01
zukalii

Knowing everything I lost due to not being able to do much after the accident this summer, Aaron also hooked me up with a couple stems and a semi-aquatic orchid. He has always been great to work with as a seller & a knowledgeable hobbyist too!

Right now I've got the new BML fixture over this tank. One of the ballast died in the t5ho fixture so I have to get that fixed.
08-12-2014 10:23 PM
johnson18 BML has been ordered!

I need to figure out how I want to handle heating and air pumps for the addition of the 40b. I'm thinking I will add another large air pump like the one I purchased for the sponge filters in the riparium recently. I may consider getting a larger pump in order to accommodate more tanks as I add them, while working toward my 6-8 tank emersed rack.

Crypt willisii 'lucens' has a spathe in the 20L. The Anubias barteri var barteri has two inflorescences open at the moment as well.

I will be tearing into the 55 this afternoon...
08-10-2014 06:23 AM
johnson18 I really hate to admit and post this....... BUT...here it goes... Over the last month, since being in a car wreck(you can read more on that topic & see pics in my riparium journal) my emersed 55 has completely crashed. I've gotta tear into it tomorrow, if I'm feeling up to it, and see what's salvageable. I will probably not throw anything away but clear out all the dead growth & hope some plants return. I'm not holding my breath though. It's a huge bummer, I just haven't been able to keep up with things due to a messed up back and neck. I've been having to take multiple pain killers & muscle relaxers on a daily basis just to semi function. That's life though, and it goes on.

Once the weather has cooled off a little later in the year I will start rebuilding my collection & working on my rack. I'm going to go ahead and set up one of the 40b's that I got during the $1/ga sale over the next month. As I mentioned above I am ordering a new custom spectrum XB series BML fixture for this new tank! It's the same spectrum that's over my riparium & I'm really pleased with it. Below I've attached the spectrum report from the BML website. If you have any thoughts on this feel free to let me know!

http://www.bmlcustom.com/custom-repo...AAATAAAAAATAAA

Once I go through this tank I'll give an update on what's still alive & what's kicked the bucket. Oh well, it could be a lot worse than a few hundred bucks worth of dead plants... Like me or my dog or both!
08-10-2014 06:00 AM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by agro View Post
What lights do you prefer? Might've missed it somewhere, looking to do exactly this with a few 75gs just collecting dust. Any advice would be appreciated.
Not sure how I miss this when you posted it, whoops!

I'm running dual bulb t5ho fixtures with a Giesemann Aquaflora/Midday bulb combo. I have been really impressed with the bulbs, they've made a ton of difference. I've actually got the same set ups on my low tech 55 & Tillandsia tank! I would definitely have no problem recommending that combo to almost anyone!

With that said, I just(no more then 20 minutes ago) emailed Cara at Build My LED to reorder the same custom spectrum fixture that I am currently running on my 20L riparium. I have been very pleased with the growth both above and below the water line on that system! The figure will go onto one of the 40 breeders that I bought about a month ago?
08-04-2014 03:55 AM
agro What lights do you prefer? Might've missed it somewhere, looking to do exactly this with a few 75gs just collecting dust. Any advice would be appreciated.
07-01-2014 06:01 AM
johnson18 Picked up two 40Bs this evening. I need about four more to really do what I wanna do. There's way too much other sh*t going on to deal with them right now. I'm in no condition to build a rack. Ah, nothing better than doped up carpentry. Hahaha. Maybe I can have it all built by the time the next sale rolls around. For now if I need more tank space I do have a few spare tanks: 55, 20L x 3, 10 x 3 & a 45cube(ish).... Haha... Well, plus the existing 55 & 20L that are in use.
06-29-2014 05:07 PM
johnson18
Johnson18's Emersed Tanks

I ended up losing a couple species during the move. Mostly due to the use of net pots with water sloshing around. Ended up with substrate mixture spread all over the bottom of the tank. Everything else has pretty much stabilized.

I'm planning on picking up 2 or 3 40 breeders today at the $1/gal sale, if I can find some decent looking ones. Not as many as I would like to get but there's too much other stuff going on right now for me to spend much $ on tanks. Mainly being that I got t-boned & flipped my truck(other persons fault-they failed to stop @ a stop sign) while driving this last week. So until I know how much I will be getting for my totaled vehicle I won't be spending much. I'm really hoping I don't have to come out of pocket for a new ride. Besides, I'm way to sore to be messing around in any of my tanks right now. My goal with these few tanks is to repot and expand the number of pots I have for each species.

No surprise that the stem plants have recovered much faster than he crypts. My 20L is going absolutely crazy!

05-18-2014 05:53 AM
kisanjong Thanks for the reply. Looking forward to the updates
05-17-2014 02:28 PM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by kisanjong View Post
the other plants are still ok?
I think so. Still haven't gotten them moved into my room and running heaters/lights. That will happen early in the day today, though my main focus is getting my 55 restarted with its new MG substrate and looking decent prior to a bunch of people coming over here for a graduation party for a friend of the family's that just got his masters. Once I have time to really check things out in these tanks I will do a proper update.
05-17-2014 06:12 AM
kisanjong Such a shame and the other plants are still ok?
05-17-2014 05:45 AM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by kisanjong View Post
That's great news and a nice bonus with the spathe :clap:

Thanks! Unfortunately I went to take a picture of the affinis spathe today & it had already melted.
05-17-2014 05:21 AM
kisanjong That's great news and a nice bonus with the spathe :clap:
05-16-2014 06:36 PM
johnson18
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Originally Posted by exv152 View Post
Crypts are some of my favorite plants. I hope you're moving, otherwise traveling with your crypts in your truck is taking the addiction to a whole new level...

Hey man, we've all got our own addictions.... Hahahahaha!!! Lmfao!


We made it safely! Plants all look good. Some of the plants that went into net pots will need to be repotted as they got sloshed around pretty good. While I was unloading them out of my truck yesterday I glanced in a noticed that the C. affinis "metallic red" 'pahang barat' has put out a spathe during the trip! Pretty cool!
05-13-2014 04:19 PM
AquaAurora Drive careful and avoid accident causing morons on the road! There are a LOT of them.
05-13-2014 02:19 AM
austin.b
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Originally Posted by exv152 View Post
Crypts are some of my favorite plants. I hope you're moving, otherwise traveling with your crypts in your truck is taking the addiction to a whole new level...
lmao! haha Nice one!
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