|09-04-2012 06:13 PM|
Woops! Life got a little busy again!
Hahahaha no Vicki, you are definitely NOT the only one that does trimming on a spur of the moment basis....there are at least 2 of us
2 huge high tech tanks, I can't even imagine!!! too much work for me! I am amazed by those of you that pull it off though!
Few more weeks and it should remain cool enough for shipping!
|08-23-2012 02:50 AM|
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who's trimming is basically a spur of the moment thing!
Yeah, one of the two high tech tanks is the 75g like before, but my 90g is also a high tech planted tank now. The two tanks have pretty much the same setup only the 90g is taller. I have no idea what I was thinking when I came up with the idea to have two large high tech tanks going, especially given my *lack* of trimming plans! LOL!
|08-21-2012 03:12 AM|
Well I definitely have plenty of bolbitis right now, but I'll hold off on sending it to you for a little to a) let the weather cool off a bit and 2) juuusssst in case it decides to get angry and die off because I moved the whole thing slightly to the left while rescaping
And yes, I'm totally with you on the whole "oh wow this tank really needs trimming better do it now while I have a free moment....oh man....now i have all these healthy plants I don't really want to throw out but where the heck would I put them while I wait to see if someone wants to accept a RAOK?" thing. That's pretty much exactly the thought process I went through when I pulled out the floaters. Ah well. Maybe next time I'll notice it sooner. But probably not....I don't really plan either
TWO high tech tanks now?! I'll have to check out the journal on that!!! (I assume it's the 75g linked in your sig?)
|08-20-2012 06:01 PM|
Later is fine. I'm in no hurry. Just PM me whenever you have extra that you'd like to part with. By all means, don't let go of any unless you have more than you can use in your tank.
I understand what you mean by wanting it out of the tank. I used to have a really hard time tossing perfectly good plant trimmings (some of which are huge) when I knew I could sell or RAOK them. But I often just don't have the time to mess with it. Since my mind isn't thinking that way, I tend to do my trimmings more on a spur of the moment basis just before a water change. That's when I realize that the plants are way overgrown and need to be trimmed back so I trim them on the spot. Selling and RAOKing requires more planning than I'm able to do right now, especially since I came up with the brilliant plan of having not one, but two large high tech tanks!
|08-20-2012 05:53 PM|
I would say I can part with a bit of bolbitis right away, but it would probably be better to wait until the weather cools down a little more first. But if you want to risk it now, let me know, I can always send more
And yeah, I'm more of a RAOKer for sure, next time it starts getting thick, I'll probably do that, good idea I should have done it this time but I didn't know where to keep it and I wanted it out of this tank
|08-20-2012 04:20 PM|
I may take you up on the bulbitis for my 29g tanks. I've always wanted to try it. Let me know when you're ready to part with some.
Heck, yeah, I'd sell some of the floaters. Or at the very least RAOK them. There are lots of people who would love to have such healthy plants!
|08-20-2012 03:56 PM|
Vicki - yeah, I HAD given up on Java Fern, but then we moved and I stole a little bit from Ian's tank (he for some reason could always grow it, I guess the water in his apartment 15 minutes south of mine was just different enough that it was happy) and tried it in my tank and VOILA all of a sudden, it grew! I agree on anubias, and I think it does have something to do with a well established tank, maybe it likes the kind of nutrients that the mulm provides or something like that. If you ever want to try bolbitis, let me know, I have a lot now
And YES I removed probably about a pound of floating plant matter!!! Maybe I should try to sell it
2in10 - thanks so much!!!
|08-19-2012 03:45 PM|
|2in10||Great update, the Bolbitus is awesome.|
|08-19-2012 06:49 AM|
Yeah, I've given up on growing java fern. It just does not like my water. Anubias, however, is an interesting plant. I have found it to grow poorly in some tanks (literally dying out), just sit in other tanks and attract BBA, while growing in other tanks. I cannot say why; although, it seems to be happier in older tanks. Maybe it has something to do with the tank being really, really established. Or maybe the lack of ferts. I don't know. But based on my luck with both of these, I never gave bolbitis a try for fear I'd kill most of it.
That was a massive amount of floaters you pulled out of that tank. You could almost go into business selling just floaters with the amount of growth you're getting!
|08-19-2012 06:09 AM|
Vicki - I know! It's crazy right? I'll definitely have to keep an eye on how dense the floaters are getting, I knew they were blocking a lot of light, but didn't realize just HOW MUCH light until seeing those pictures!
And thanks! The bolbitis does really well in this tank and in our 60g for some reason, though I've heard before that's not always the case. It's so funny how different tanks that seem to outwardly have the exact same setups can grow such different plants isn't it? Before I moved, I could never get Java fern to grow, now it grows quite well for me. Only difference I can see is the local water. And the fish stocked.
|08-19-2012 05:58 AM|
|Complexity||Wow, what a difference after you took out the floaters! They were blocking off all the light! The plants are definitely happy in your tank. The Bolbitis looks amazing! I think that's the nicest looking Bolbitis I have seen!|
|08-19-2012 05:38 AM|
Some more pictures!
Before I get to pretty FTS of how the tank is growing in, here are some before and after pictures of clearing out the Salvinia minima that is now growing like wildfire without the HOB filter to interfere with it's growth. So here are 2 "before clearing out the salvinia" pictures followed by 2 "after" pictures taken with the exact same settings (2 separate settings) to show how much difference in lighting there is.
And this is why:
And then I removed this (this is PACKED in, not just placed in the cup)
slightly more manageable
I actually removed a little more after this picture too
Then I topped off the tank,
This is the crypt that was all curled in on itself in the previous set of images (I think) next to another one that had been floating that now needs to reach for the sun
And a few more shots
|08-17-2012 02:08 AM|
And some close-ups:
this guy was floating for a LONG time...he needs some time to stretch out back toward the "sun":
And a quick fish shot:
The tank has grown in a bit since these pictures were taken so I am going to try to get some new pictures and post them soon, but I can't promise it will be tonight
|08-17-2012 02:05 AM|
Ok, since I gave the update already, let's get right to the boatload of pictures
Some FTS before topping off:
And after top-off playing with some camera settings (I REALLY need to start keeping track of which setting I use for which picture when I do this because some pictures clearly look better than others but I can't remember which was what. OOPS ):
and one almost FTS focusing on the bolbitis:
|08-16-2012 10:58 PM|
|Complexity||Looking forward to seeing the new pics tonight!|
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