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|09-14-2009 06:36 PM|
How deep is the substrate?
How high is the water?
|07-21-2009 07:14 PM|
FWIW, the tank has literally exploded with growth and it is all.....Dwarf Sag. It isn't pretty though. It looks like a lawn that is overgrown with grass and in need of some serious mowing. On the positive side the sole otocat and cherry shrimp still appear to be healthy and reproducing like crazy. I learned that even in a small tank like a 3 gallon, it is pretty easy to get rapid plant growth. More important though, I learned that with a 3 gallon you really have to be careful with the plants you select. I would never again choose dwarf sag for a 3 gallon. The plant is like a parasite. Heck, even in my 40 gallon it is totally taking over the tank and squeezing out the other plants.
On that note, I have 2 emersed setups going which are doing extremely well. A 5 gallon with dwarf hairgrass, bacopa, and cryptocorne lutea and another 3 gallon with HC, and rotala indica. Both tanks were going to get pygme anubias once the rock and branch placement was put in. Sadly though with everything going on, I have yet to flood these tanks and they are long over due for major flooding and submersion. It is interesting to see how well the rotala is doing emersed. It looks totally different from its submersed form. What is really interesting to note is how well the dwarf hairgrass emersed has rooted into the aquasoil. You can literally see an increasing amount of white roots that are becoming more and more visible as time goes on. The root density is to the point that when you look at the substrate, the white roots are more visible underneath the substrate than the substrate itself. Once I flood the 3 gallon, I plan to transfer the shrimp(whichever I can catch) and the otocat from the previous 3 gallon into this one. The tank will also get a pressurized c02 paintball hookup, continued lighting with the Hampton Bay 26 watt clone lamp, and daily dosing of excel, Estimative Index Dosing at 1/4 of the recommended.
|06-23-2009 01:26 PM|
I've seen that happen in one of my tanks and in another persons tank before it is strange. I chalked it up to not getting enough of some micro nutrient since I couldn't come up with a real answer.
Glad to know it's not just me.
|06-23-2009 12:46 AM|
|06-22-2009 10:37 PM|
well... how's it going?
|05-03-2009 04:39 AM|
I can give a non-pictorial update.
The cardamine lyrata pretty much died and went south. Like vultures, the cherry shrimp feasted on what little there was left. Also, much to my surprise one of the anubias rhizomes literally melted. The rhizome was not buried and I have never seen anything like it before. The leaves were all lush green so it was not dieing or anything. The pygme chain sword, rotala indica and ludwiga repens are growing slowly but still doing well. With the way the pygme chain sword and dwarf sag(which I added later) grew, I know those are two plants I would never use in a 3 gallon nano again. The cherry shrimp continue to reproduce like crazy. Every day I notice new shrimplets. The otocat is healthy and alive and continues to do well. The tank remains 100% algae free.
|05-03-2009 04:00 AM|
|oldpunk78||any updates to share with us yet?|
|03-15-2009 06:31 PM|
|03-15-2009 06:02 PM|
Originally Posted by Trallen44 View Post
|03-15-2009 04:57 PM|
|Trallen44||Those look great!!|
|03-15-2009 03:40 PM|
FWIW, here is a picture of some of the trimmed plants. As you can see, they are all healthy and algae free. The sunset hygro is not displaying that characteristic pink leaf coloration, but other than that it grew like a weed in the tank,
|03-15-2009 01:05 PM|
Originally Posted by amano101 View Post
In this 3 gallon it is not dieing but not growing much either. It could be a light issue too as the java moss at the left tip of the moss wall at the top seems to have grown quite a bit. We will see what happens after I trim and the allows more light throughout the tank.
|03-15-2009 11:11 AM|
|amano101||that growth is definitely impressive. does java moss hate your water, or are you using RO? the only thing i can think of is there might be some trace mineral/chemical in your water that java moss hates for some reason, but that's all a complete guess.|
|03-14-2009 07:30 PM|
Aquasoil, from what I understand, does leach trace amounts of nutrients into the water, but most of the nutrients remain in the substrate.
|03-14-2009 04:29 PM|
|oldpunk78||that's a lot of growth! are you putting anything into the water column? that might explain the lack of growth on the moss wall. does aquasoil leach nutrients into the water or does it stay down in the substrate?|
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