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08-13-2013 06:54 PM
Bserve Did this tank come down?
10-30-2011 04:56 AM
HolyAngel Just remember not to dose kno3 while your nitrates are still up there! But extra potassium... And thanks a bunch btw bro
10-30-2011 03:22 AM
bsmith I'm 100% convinced that fertilizing inadiquicies have caused the plants in this tank to languish. Monday I will be performing a very large WC and will begin dosing straight dry EI micros and macros. I have a very good feeling within weeks everything in this tank will be scrumtrilescent!
10-25-2011 02:47 PM
150EH No not at all, just a thread I stumbled onto and some of the most unique plants I've ever seen, there is a link above in the text.
10-07-2011 12:43 AM
bsmith
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Originally Posted by 150EH View Post
They could be little plastic palm trees from a drink!!! I thought you might be interested, he did mention they were a Austrailian type, so your spot on mate.
They sure do!

Are those a friend of yours'?
10-06-2011 08:44 PM
150EH They could be little plastic palm trees from a drink!!! I thought you might be interested, he did mention they were a Austrailian type, so your spot on mate.
10-06-2011 05:36 PM
bsmith
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Originally Posted by BoxxerBoyDrew View Post
Hey BSmith,

Great Tank! Love the drift wood, and the setup has really changed from the beginning too! Looks as if the MH is really getting your plants to grow! The Shimmer is really cool too, but how is the heat from the smaller wattage MH fixtures compared to a 150-175w? I have a Hamilton 175w MH Pendant I have had for a LONG, LONG Time, and the main reason I don't use it is because it gets TOO DARN HOT!!! I used to have it setup over a reef, and later on a Planted Aquarium, and it would raise the Temp in the Den a good 3-4*! And I am talking a good size Den too! So it just sits in the Closet now gathering dust!

Also on page 4 you mentioned you:"I also "hard locked" my post body for my co2 system. I love it!"

What do Ya mean by that?

Thanks for the info, and keep up the GREAT WORK on the tank!!!
Drew
Thank you, this tank has gone through quite a few changes but that is just the way I do it. I cant keep my hands out of them for more than a week as I am constantly trying to improve upon what I have already accomplished.

This MH really doesn't put off much heat at all. The actual fixture (where the bulb is housed) gets pretty darn hot during operation but I cant really say that it effects the ambient temp in my office one bit.

"Hard Locked" is a term that I made up when referring to the fact that I have all metal connections from my co2 regulator to the needle valve. I used to have tubing and other unsightly connections but after talking with a member here, he hooked me up with all of the connections/fittings to "hard lock" my rig! I'm much happier with it now as it just looks finished IMO.

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Take a look at this photo, I'm not sure it's the same cultivar but these have multiply stems and the mother plants are dead, almost. Also look at the Downoi, am I loosing it or are those on stalks as well.



Here's a link to the thread bye-bye-erios

I was trying to say that the 70 watt bulb are hard to come by, retailers don't carry many of the lower wattage bulbs.
It's tough (for me at least) to ID some Erios from pics but I would say that those are either Cinereum or Australlia type II. The mother plants look pretty ragged so you may have just found the first proof that I have seen that they actually do die off after sending out these growths. I'm not that familiar with Downoi but I do know that some plants can adapt to their conditions by doing things like that. If I had to guess, those plants felt like they weren't getting enough light so they decided to take matters into their own stems!!!
10-06-2011 02:45 PM
150EH Take a look at this photo, I'm not sure it's the same cultivar but these have multiply stems and the mother plants are dead, almost. Also look at the Downoi, am I loosing it or are those on stalks as well.



Here's a link to the thread bye-bye-erios

I was trying to say that the 70 watt bulb are hard to come by, retailers don't carry many of the lower wattage bulbs.
10-06-2011 08:48 AM
BoxxerBoyDrew Hey BSmith,

Great Tank! Love the drift wood, and the setup has really changed from the beginning too! Looks as if the MH is really getting your plants to grow! The Shimmer is really cool too, but how is the heat from the smaller wattage MH fixtures compared to a 150-175w? I have a Hamilton 175w MH Pendant I have had for a LONG, LONG Time, and the main reason I don't use it is because it gets TOO DARN HOT!!! I used to have it setup over a reef, and later on a Planted Aquarium, and it would raise the Temp in the Den a good 3-4*! And I am talking a good size Den too! So it just sits in the Closet now gathering dust!

Also on page 4 you mentioned you:"I also "hard locked" my post body for my co2 system. I love it!"

What do Ya mean by that?

Thanks for the info, and keep up the GREAT WORK on the tank!!!
Drew
10-06-2011 06:31 AM
bsmith
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Originally Posted by Uptown193 View Post
Oh really, Those are nice Erios. I am jealous.

Wow, your light is a lot higher up than mine. I just look at it now for the first time. So you don't get any algae with it so high up? Damn I need to raise my light when I get home. I just did not want all the light to spread out on my living room floor. I might need to build a light shield now.
Thanks!

When I had my 3x24w t5ho fixture I certainly DID get algae if my co2 levels got low. This could be attributed to a few different circumstances. Like me not checking the tank and it running out without noticing for a couple of days. This was really bad. Having 72w of t5ho light coming form a fixture with a quality reflector (even ~26" from the substrate) with no co2 produces BBA quicker then you can say sonofab#$^@! Or my CalAqua inline diffuser getting dirty from algae and putting out bigger bubbles from the diffuser disk (this makes a HUGE difference in co2 levels) since the bubbles aren't super tiny like they are when its nice and clean A LOT of the co2 just floats to the surface and escapes. When the bubbles are tiny they have much more "dwell time" (amount of time the bubble has floating around the tank allowing it to dissolve into the water) and a much higher % of the gas actually gets diffused into the water. Lastly, going on vacation/taking a few days off/jut not paying attention to it and allowing the water level to drop and allow the spray bar to churn up the water effectively causing the co2 to "off gas"' into the atmosphere.

I think that the height I had my t5ho was about perfect. Not too much light spilled into my office, I didn't have too much algae as long as I stayed on top of the above circumstances, and the plants grew very nicely and gave what I felt were good colors.

Like I said about your situation, if you aren't having issues then don't mess with it. Take that with a grain of salt though as it is ALWAYS wise to be as proactive as possible with algae because its a PITA to manage once you already have a raging outbreak on your hands.

Now that I have a Metal Halide light on the tank which are much more powerful compared to other lighting methods I really need to keep an eye on everything. I absolutely love the MH because the plants are just loving it (I actually had a feeling that the bulbs in my t5 fixture were past their useful life span), the color rendition is great and you just can beat that shimmer!!!


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Originally Posted by 150EH View Post
That's really cool the way the plant did that, you would think it is a good way for it to multiply, if the stem dies and the plant falls away from the mother plant.

I've seen people not being able to find Geismann bulbs in the 70 watt plus there are less options but at 150 watts and up there seems to be no problem.

Look'n good!!!
It is a really neat way of propagation for sure. You have to love mother nature! But having heard that when one experienced this plant obelisk that meant the plant that produced it was about to die kind of sucks. It does make sense because the erio parkeri that this came from was on its last leg from the BGA/GDA battle I had been fighting and also because of many co2 SNAFU's in recent months. I am assuming the parkeri knew that impending death was upon it so it threw up the growth. Then I snipped it off and stuck it in the substrate, I guess I got lucky and it survived though the bottom of the growth is looking pretty ragged. But, I have also seen/read about people that have completely healthy looking plants that did this too, maybe they had just reached the end of their natural life cycle. With these plants I think I remember that they threw up multiple growths though. I don't think I have ever once read that the plant that put out these growths ever did end up dying ever though. Maybe the members just didn't want to post that up because they thought it would make people sad...

I'm lost with the bulb comment. I know I was talking about different bulb options, maybe im just not comprehending what you are trying to convey?
10-06-2011 04:37 AM
150EH That's really cool the way the plant did that, you would think it is a good way for it to multiply, if the stem dies and the plant falls away from the mother plant.

I've seen people not being able to find Geismann bulbs in the 70 watt plus there are less options but at 150 watts and up there seems to be no problem.

Look'n good!!!
10-04-2011 08:54 PM
Uptown193
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Originally Posted by bsmith View Post
Oh really, Those are nice Erios. I am jealous.

Wow, your light is a lot higher up than mine. I just look at it now for the first time. So you don't get any algae with it so high up? Damn I need to raise my light when I get home. I just did not want all the light to spread out on my living room floor. I might need to build a light shield now.
10-04-2011 04:04 PM
bsmith Here is an occurrence I have been watching for awhile now. The Eriocaulon Parkeri sent this growth up a month or so ago and now its actually growing a nice baby plant on the end of it. I actually removed this (cut as close to the plant as I could) from the plant it was growing from and its still going great.

I have seen people with these and heard that if it was not removed the plant would actually die. So that's why I removed it. The plant it came from and this growth are both doing very well.

Now the pics.



10-04-2011 12:43 AM
bsmith
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Originally Posted by Craigthor View Post
I believe Geismann has a nice 70 watt MH that would work for plants but last I heard it's not available here due to no demand for it. If you have connections across the ocean they can probably find it and send it this way.

Criag
Nice, ill ask Giles what he can get his hands on if anything.
10-04-2011 12:32 AM
Craigthor I believe Geismann has a nice 70 watt MH that would work for plants but last I heard it's not available here due to no demand for it. If you have connections across the ocean they can probably find it and send it this way.

Criag
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