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03-24-2009 09:02 PM
B16CRXT I love all that Ug on the pre-filter sponge. did you put some there to grow, or did it just get stuck to it one day and you just let it do it's thing?
01-22-2009 05:21 AM
CL
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Originally Posted by twychopen View Post
what is "ug". I want some!
Utricularia graminifolia
01-22-2009 05:14 AM
twychopen what is "ug". I want some!
12-22-2008 06:50 AM
CL wow, really nice tank! When your ready to trim the tank, my 20 is looking for a foreground more interesting than hc. I think the ug could make it up here from TN.
12-01-2008 02:49 PM
Naja002 Agreed, fishman. I've grown to really like the novelty of it myself. My first instinct was to remove it and get it planted in the substrate, but I realized soon enough that that was a futile effort. It actually roots down into the foam. If I remove the foam from the housing, UG roots are grown into the middle area where the water passes through...


Received some more "Wonder Gro" tabs as stated before. Placed a lot (probably ~40-50) 1/4's in yesterday and took some pix of the areas that still need to grow in. Expecting to take some more pix and do a comparison.
11-30-2008 05:56 PM
deleted_user_16 i love what the UG did to the prefilter
thats so awesome
11-30-2008 05:47 PM
Naja002
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Originally Posted by ZooTycoonMaster View Post
Wait...is the bottom of the tank supported by anything? It'll break if it's not...

Nice looking tank!!! I LOVE the UG

Thanx!

It's supported by the frame on an iron stand. It's fine and made to be this way. The prior tank I purchsed (w/ the stand et al) at a yard sale and used it for ~11 yrs before it sprung a leak on a vertical seam...instead of trying to fix it...I just went out and bought this tank....that was ~5 years ago now.
11-30-2008 05:42 PM
ZooTycoonMaster Wait...is the bottom of the tank supported by anything? It'll break if it's not...

Nice looking tank!!! I LOVE the UG
11-30-2008 05:40 PM
Naja002
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Originally Posted by Wasserpest View Post
If it doesn't bother you, don't worry about it. Personally I don't enjoy ANY visible equipment in an otherwise attractive aquascaped tank. And I mean not only for the photo shoot. The only technical thing visible in my tanks is the thermometer.
Trust me, we agree on this... I would prefer to not have anything in the tank, but I can live with it for now. I was psyched to get this going, so I made some choices. Plus I spent enough money--with other things going on too--that I simply didn't want to risk having to run out and buy a new tank. With my luck this one is tempered or something.... I would like to move up to a 75g or 90g, but atm that's not going to happen. However, since I realize now that I actually do have some decent understanding of all of this....the next tank will be drilled--one way or the other. I may even drill this one after this scape completes...who knows? I'm just going to make sure that I can run out and buy a replacement tank....



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Originally Posted by Wasserpest View Post
Your photos are quite acceptable... for full tank shots I'd try to shoot from the center rather than angle/above.
Thanx! I'm happy with them overall....considering. But I can do better....I'm just not at that point yet...still got a learning curve. I think the main issue is me, not so much the camera. I've gotten some really nice shots of stuff with this camera.


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The white stuff remaining after scraping GSA is probably calcium something. Not sure what to do about it... scrape some more? That's the struggle with very hard water...
I hadn't thought about the calcium. Never dealt with this before, so I'm try to get it figured out. More scraping is about the only conclusion that I've come to also....not real happy about it....



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Originally Posted by fishman9809 View Post
that is some sexy UG, how long did it take to grow that nicely?
Well, I set this tank up in 7/08, so ~4 months so far, but there's been a bit of a learning curve...both with the high light and with the UG, plus the spixi crosses. So, I am expecting (hoping) that the final fill in won't take much longer...



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Originally Posted by lauraleellbp View Post
Looks fantastic!

Where'd you get that calico BN? (Now you're going to tell me your LFS carries them all the time... )
Thanx!

I got them in the SNS here at PT back in july. Saganco apparently breeds them and has them for sale periodically. Here's the thread where I purchased:

Calico bristlenose (bushynose) plecos - shipping available

You may want to shoot her a PM.....I have absolutely nothing but Positive to say about buying from her. Everything was Great!



Some pix I meant to take the other night, but forgot. These are of the crypt roots:

Left (with the rocks):




Right (the lone crypt stand):




Got some more "Wonder Gro" tabs in yesterday. Added a bunch of 1/4's, so hopefully it will help flush a fill-in....
11-30-2008 01:11 AM
lauraleellbp Looks fantastic!

Where'd you get that calico BN? (Now you're going to tell me your LFS carries them all the time... )
11-29-2008 07:59 PM
deleted_user_16 that is some sexy UG, how long did it take to grow that nicely?
11-29-2008 07:48 PM
Wasserpest
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Originally Posted by Naja002 View Post
Equipment? What equipment? Not sure if you mean for everyday or for the pix. But either way, I had considered it. For everyday I would have had to drill the tank....and with my luck.....it would have shattered or something. For the pix, I decided not to worry about it. These pix were just kind of an "update" on the tank. I don't have any intentions of ever entering it into any contests, so that's a moot point. But I would like to get some really nice shots once it finishes filling in. For that I will remove the equipment and clean things up "for the shoot" so-to-speak. First I have to spend more time learning how to use this frickin' camera. Great point and shoot--which is what those top-down shot were....but beyond that...I have a harder time. I understand the effects of apeture, shutter speed, etc.....just doesn't seem to work out. I'll keep trying though....
If it doesn't bother you, don't worry about it. Personally I don't enjoy ANY visible equipment in an otherwise attractive aquascaped tank. And I mean not only for the photo shoot. The only technical thing visible in my tanks is the thermometer.

Your photos are quite acceptable... for full tank shots I'd try to shoot from the center rather than angle/above.

The white stuff remaining after scraping GSA is probably calcium something. Not sure what to do about it... scrape some more? That's the struggle with very hard water...
11-29-2008 01:01 PM
Naja002
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Originally Posted by eyebeatbadgers View Post
Great looking setup man, fish and plants all look great! Looks to me like that UG doesn't mind living in hard water!!
Thanx, ebb! It seems to be doing ok these days, but, Yes, it is growing in hard water. I haven't ckeck the specs in a long time, but traditionally they are about Gh18, Kh 14, pH 8.0-8.1. But this UG is a funny little bird....

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Originally Posted by Wasserpest View Post
That UG carpet is awesome. Looks like this plant likes to be blasted with light. Mine failed miserably...
Thanx, Wasser! I'm starting to get happy with it. Needs to fill in some more before I'll start being satisfied. It definitely likes light. Not sure how much of a requirement that is, but it will soak the light up if it's available. Honestly, I have no idea how UG does in lower light. I started it in a tub with ~8wpg of F + CF and high C02. It did the typical 2-3 week settle-in, and then started to grow, but it's somewhat strange. When it's happy it grows like a weed. But then it's not always happy. Personally, I think it likes a lot of nutrients. The stuff can be somewhat fragile, but on the other hand--it seems really tough too. Kinda hard to explain, but I don't watch all of my parameters worrying about the UG. The sponge pre-filter was not by my design....that's just a fluke of strands that found themselves a home. I've pulled a lot of "plugs" of UG from it and planted them in the substrate.

I know the spixi crosses did a number on it.....

After I get things further down the road, I plan to reduce the lighting (incrementally) in order to slow things down. But until then I'm going to keep pounding it with light!


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Originally Posted by Wasserpest View Post
The shots of Crypts from above are nice too.
Thanx! Amazing to me that the better pix are down through ~18" of water then through the glass. But whatever works, huh? Overall, I think the pix would have come out better if I had not trimmed the crypts. I didn't do it for the pix....it was done ~10 days ago, but it would have helped things look much more mature.


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Originally Posted by Wasserpest View Post
Now how about getting all that equipment out of the tank?
Equipment? What equipment? Not sure if you mean for everyday or for the pix. But either way, I had considered it. For everyday I would have had to drill the tank....and with my luck.....it would have shattered or something. For the pix, I decided not to worry about it. These pix were just kind of an "update" on the tank. I don't have any intentions of ever entering it into any contests, so that's a moot point. But I would like to get some really nice shots once it finishes filling in. For that I will remove the equipment and clean things up "for the shoot" so-to-speak. First I have to spend more time learning how to use this frickin' camera. Great point and shoot--which is what those top-down shot were....but beyond that...I have a harder time. I understand the effects of apeture, shutter speed, etc.....just doesn't seem to work out. I'll keep trying though....
11-28-2008 04:56 PM
Wasserpest That UG carpet is awesome. Looks like this plant likes to be blasted with light. Mine failed miserably...

The shots of Crypts from above are nice too.

Now how about getting all that equipment out of the tank?
11-28-2008 04:09 PM
eyebeatbadgers Great looking setup man, fish and plants all look great! Looks to me like that UG doesn't mind living in hard water!!
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