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Forum: Plants Yesterday, 08:06 PM
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Posted By Xiaozhuang
Ooo nice tips thanks~

Ooo nice tips thanks~
Forum: Plants Yesterday, 05:37 PM
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Views: 109
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Pruning Ammania sp. Bonsai/Rotala Bonsai/indica

Do I prune this plant like any other Rotala? Can I nip the tip to encourage it to brunch or does it look better when tops are replanted? (like ludwigia pantanal) Also, is it particularly sensitive...
Forum: Plants 08-20-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Short colored plants? You can try Alternanthera...

Short colored plants? You can try Alternanthera reineckii various versions. Here I planted the mini, regular(center), and rosenavig(right)....
Forum: Aquascaping 08-17-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 492
Posted By Xiaozhuang
I think it'll do fine, I've seen very nice tanks...

I think it'll do fine, I've seen very nice tanks with just a background of vals.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 08-16-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 249
Posted By Xiaozhuang
It'll work; glosso is not as picky as say HC....

It'll work; glosso is not as picky as say HC. Would recommend a dirt under layer for your substrate though (if you're not using CO2 as soil degrades to gives off some carbon). I like to ramp up the...
Forum: Plants 08-13-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 184
Posted By Xiaozhuang
lol. I found it more irritating than algae the...

lol. I found it more irritating than algae the last time I had an infestation. Hoping to hear a better solution as well.
Forum: Aquascaping 08-13-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 492
Posted By Xiaozhuang
For one, they probably won't go straight upwards...

For one, they probably won't go straight upwards like in your diagram; they will lean towards your light source or sideways depending on the current; if you plant them densely in bunches they'll grow...
Forum: Plants 08-12-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 146
Posted By Xiaozhuang
If you're not thinking about floating plants or...

If you're not thinking about floating plants or plants with aerial advantage, stem plants and fast growers take up nutrients fast. Choosing species that are not picky about water conditions also help
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-12-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 387
Posted By Xiaozhuang
lol. I once planted HC strand by strand in a 2ft...

lol. I once planted HC strand by strand in a 2ft deep tank using tweezers (was on budget and bought a couple of pots for a 50gal). Should have taken a video of that.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-12-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 387
Posted By Xiaozhuang
lol. Using tweezers/forceps makes the job much...

lol. Using tweezers/forceps makes the job much easier. Also, heavier substrate is easier to plant in compared to loose or lighter substrate. Haven't tried training betta to do the planting though...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-11-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 225
Posted By Xiaozhuang
I find that 1 Gal is a bit small for any kind of...

I find that 1 Gal is a bit small for any kind of fish. That aside, a 23w desk lamp is quite a bit of light but its workable without algae issues if you keep the tank clean. I use 23w CFLs on tanks...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-11-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 665
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Even with the perfect combination of Ferts, light...

Even with the perfect combination of Ferts, light and CO2, you can still get massive algae in a new tank if its not planted heavily enough, or if you don't have enough fast growing plants, or even if...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-10-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Hmm thats quite detailed, and I think your plant...

Hmm thats quite detailed, and I think your plant selection is well thought out. However, you will inevitably move stuff around as they take on different growth patterns, especially if you're...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-10-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Hard scape with wood looks good. If you want...

Hard scape with wood looks good. If you want pearl grass to carpet you should plant the stems flat against the substrate. Are you using dirt under the sand or CO2 ? Some form of carbon source would...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-10-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,287
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Nice rocks

Nice rocks
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-09-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 157
Posted By Xiaozhuang
I run a few inches of soil with a covering of...

I run a few inches of soil with a covering of artificial substrate, ADA or some other brand on larger tanks to save cost. It seems to work fine, as long as you're using suitable soil. I find that...
Forum: Algae 08-07-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By Xiaozhuang
I see some BGA in the second pic as well ? ...

I see some BGA in the second pic as well ?

If its heavily planted and you get BBA, it means either CO2 is present but too low or your plants are over crowded/lack space to grow.

Its odd to see...
Forum: Algae 08-07-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 411
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Does the back of the tank receive light ? You can...

Does the back of the tank receive light ? You can try blocking up the area with something; if its dark I doubt BGA will thrive
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-07-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 613
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Have an open top tank, ventilate with small fans...

Have an open top tank, ventilate with small fans for a low cost solution. Here in the tropics tanks with heavy lighting can easily be at daily highs of 86f year round. With a fan you could drop the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-05-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 306
Posted By Xiaozhuang
A simple differentiation is that low tech tanks...

A simple differentiation is that low tech tanks don't use pressured CO2, while high tech tanks do. Going high tech is a large commitment because pressured CO2 systems tend to be costly compared to...
Forum: Plants 08-05-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 143
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Nesaea are harder to grow than other species you...

Nesaea are harder to grow than other species you have (swords/water sprite). You may need more light/CO2, Fe/traces to grow them into good shape. If your nutrients and light are in check, chances are...
Forum: Plants 08-05-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 146
Posted By Xiaozhuang
The one with big reddish leaves doesn't look...

The one with big reddish leaves doesn't look aquatic, looks like some Aglaonema species. Not sure what the smaller green one is.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-05-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Easier to do planted tank without fish than...

Easier to do planted tank without fish than with.. many people here run shrimp tanks without fish also.
Forum: Tank Journals 08-04-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 941
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Nesaea and dwarf baby tears generally don't do so...

Nesaea and dwarf baby tears generally don't do so well in non-CO2 enriched environments. If you want to go low tech/easy maintenance, perhaps check out the low tech forum for which plants will...
Forum: Aquascaping 08-04-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By Xiaozhuang
Check the thread...

Check the thread http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=138344
Many of the builds don't use CO2
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