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Today 03:05 AM
bigbadjon
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Originally Posted by Daisy Mae View Post
I like this! Simple but effective. How's the maintenance?
Maintenance is pretty easy. Plenty of room to vacuum and I do two 50% water changes a week. With all smooth rock and sand if I do get some algae then cleaning it is no biggy. I have a thread a few days ago that goes into it some more.
Today 12:25 AM
Steve0 Here is the 20L in the kids playroom. No CO2, no ferts ( except osmocote root tabs when I started it, months ago). Eco complete. 1 T8 on for 4,off for 4,back on for 4. Water change/filter cleaning whenever I remember.

Fish-
A few tetras
A few guppies
2 nerite snails
1 assassin snail
? malaysian trumpet snails
Plants-
Lots and of crypt wendtii
Big bush of needle leaf Java fern
Wad of moss (fissiden?)

Yesterday 10:55 PM
Daisy Mae
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Originally Posted by bigbadjon View Post
I like this! Simple but effective. How's the maintenance?
Yesterday 09:51 PM
bigbadjon
Yesterday 08:19 PM
FishEnthusiast98
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Sorry for delay getting photo.. tank really needed a trim and I was being a bit lazy about getting it done.
Dowoni should be easier to see in these photos

Pre trim


Post trim




I've not had windelov (I always want to call it willow) but I like my narrow leaf and Philippine java fern a lot. For some reason the regular java fern always does that plantedlet and old leaf die off when put in a new tank for me.. but my others don't thankfully ^^

I'm actually boiling the [censor] out of some cut driftwood to redo java fern tie down in that tank once the plantlets are all popped off. Some already are off the mother leaf..though I'm not sure if that's thats because they're ready to grow on their own or if my fish crashed through them and 'helped'. Speaking of which timer just went off to dump and refill water for the boil!


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Windelov is my favorite. Narrow leaf tends to get hidden amidst other plants.

I'll ask both of you this...

Which Java Fern would offer the best contrast to a tank that will have a lot of Cryptocoryne (such as wendtii 'Florida Sunset', nurii, etc.) and Anubias? My current Java Fern is sort of boring--not unique enough for my taste.


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08-26-2015 05:52 PM
Scav1180 Not the greatest looking but here is my

20g - Aqua Clear 50 - Fugeray - Eco complete - Eheim heater
08-26-2015 03:37 PM
AquaAurora
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Where is the Downoi (Pogostemon helferi)?


Interesting how well your Lilaeopsis brasiliensis is growing. It is growing better than mine.
Sorry for delay getting photo.. tank really needed a trim and I was being a bit lazy about getting it done.
Dowoni should be easier to see in these photos

Pre trim


Post trim



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AquaAurora, which Java Fern is your favorite? I'm currently deciding between Windelov and Narrow Leaf.


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I've not had windelov (I always want to call it willow) but I like my narrow leaf and Philippine java fern a lot. For some reason the regular java fern always does that plantedlet and old leaf die off when put in a new tank for me.. but my others don't thankfully ^^

I'm actually boiling the [censor] out of some cut driftwood to redo java fern tie down in that tank once the plantlets are all popped off. Some already are off the mother leaf..though I'm not sure if that's thats because they're ready to grow on their own or if my fish crashed through them and 'helped'. Speaking of which timer just went off to dump and refill water for the boil!
08-25-2015 03:21 AM
Hilde
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AquaAurora, which Java Fern is your favorite? I'm currently deciding between Windelov and Narrow Leaf.
Windelov is my favorite. Narrow leaf tends to get hidden amidst other plants.
08-25-2015 02:49 AM
FishEnthusiast98 AquaAurora, which Java Fern is your favorite? I'm currently deciding between Windelov and Narrow Leaf.


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08-23-2015 03:47 PM
AquaAurora
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Originally Posted by Patriot View Post
What plants are in your 7g. I love it.
Thank you, mostly narrow leaf/needle leaf and regular java fern but there are a few philipine and threadfin java ferns in there. Tank is packed with ferns, I can only see the substrate against the glass ^^. The red plant is a dwarf lily. Photos don't do it justice, its much more red!

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Interesting. I may give AR a try then. Also I just noticed you said you had the brasiliensis variety of micro sword. I always thought mauritiana was the only micrsword that could grow without higher light/c02. Have you noticed any health problems or algae growth on your micro sword?
My microsword was grown emersed and seems to be having the hardest time transitioning, but its not dead so I'm happy ^^ I have (Lilaeopsis mauritiana) and Mini micro sword (Lilaeopsis nova "mini") in a low tech medium light that only gets excel every other day and nothing else, they love the soil based substrate!

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The AR would do better with a light with 6700k.

Here it is in my 20H grow-out tank. Lights are 3 T5NO 6700k. I dose Excel and Soda Water to replace Co2. No Co2 injected now though there is a Co2 diffuser in the tank. Alternanthera reineckii is on the far right. I think the pink plant on the left is Ludwigia palustris. Just got it from Petco so it should get brighter in time. Lilaeopsis brasiliensis is behind the Marsilea Minuta. Not doing well thus thinking of moving to a 10g tank.

The brightness of the light in AquaAurora's tank and mine seem similar. My Alternanthera reineckii is growing better than but his Lilaeopsis brasiliensis is growing better than mine. I have found that my lights red spectras are aprox. 3xs more that AquaAurora and his lights blue spectra are aprox 3x more than mine.
Hers

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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
Where is the Downoi (Pogostemon helferi)?


Interesting how well your Lilaeopsis brasiliensis is growing. It is growing better than mine.
Dowoni is right behind the micro sword, its sort of a curved arch separating the hydro japan from the micro sword. I'll try getting a better photo of it later.




The amusing thing about the 10g was I was sure it would fail and was all ready to have just a N. Taiwan and water spire low tech tank, but its doing... and now I want a lot tech tank haha. The N. Taiwan is so prolific (clippings make new plants if you don't toss them) I can fill a 10g in a few months wit this stuff!
08-23-2015 01:51 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Thank you both ^^
The clover plant is Hydro sp. japan, I also have Downoi (Pogostemon helferi) and Micro sword (Lilaeopsis brasiliensis) in the foreground. The red plants on front the left are AR ( Alternanthera reineckii).
Where is the Downoi (Pogostemon helferi)?


Interesting how well your Lilaeopsis brasiliensis is growing. It is growing better than mine.
08-23-2015 01:30 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by jcmv4792 View Post
Interesting. I may give AR a try then.
The AR would do better with a light with 6700k.

Here it is in my 20H grow-out tank. Lights are 3 T5NO 6700k. I dose Excel and Soda Water to replace Co2. No Co2 injected now though there is a Co2 diffuser in the tank. Alternanthera reineckii is on the far right. I think the pink plant on the left is Ludwigia palustris. Just got it from Petco so it should get brighter in time. Lilaeopsis brasiliensis is behind the Marsilea Minuta. Not doing well thus thinking of moving to a 10g tank.

The brightness of the light in AquaAurora's tank and mine seem similar. My Alternanthera reineckii is growing better than but his Lilaeopsis brasiliensis is growing better than mine. I have found that my lights red spectras are aprox. 3xs more that AquaAurora and his lights blue spectra are aprox 3x more than mine.
08-23-2015 07:49 AM
jcmv4792
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Looked like [censor] from coming in the mail but has been good for a few weeks, its growing faster than the bacopa carolina and ludwigia sp. red but not super fast.
Interesting. I may give AR a try then. Also I just noticed you said you had the brasiliensis variety of micro sword. I always thought mauritiana was the only micrsword that could grow without higher light/c02. Have you noticed any health problems or algae growth on your micro sword?
08-23-2015 06:18 AM
Patriot
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
6g bowfront


7g cube (please pardon the java fern... plantlets growing on all the old leaves make them look like [censor].. going to be planting the babies in a few weeks/months once they're grown up and pop off.)



10g


12g long

What plants are in your 7g. I love it.
08-23-2015 12:08 AM
AquaAurora
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Originally Posted by jcmv4792 View Post
I always thought alternathera R. was a hard plant to grow in low-tech. How has the experience been for you?(growth rate, health..etc)
Looked like [censor] from coming in the mail but has been good for a few weeks, its growing faster than the bacopa carolina and ludwigia sp. red but not super fast.
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