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Old 07-19-2011, 01:47 PM   #31
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Hey Dollface I know you are the UG Expert but I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. I've been growing the UG that I purchased from you with just a 13w otto pc light and no co2 in my 3 gallon tank. Personally I find the only thing UG really likes/needs is cold water. If your water temp gets too warm it starts to melt. Just my observation take it for what its worth........nothing....lol

Couesfanatic I do think you'll be happier with the Belem. UG is beautiful but a pain to maintain and I find no matter what I do it always uproots it self and requires re-planting.

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interesting... would the warm water temperature affect glosso too...?
my tanks been in the upper 80's this week -_-
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:17 PM   #32
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Hey Dollface I know you are the UG Expert but I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. I've been growing the UG that I purchased from you with just a 13w otto pc light and no co2 in my 3 gallon tank. Personally I find the only thing UG really likes/needs is cold water. If your water temp gets too warm it starts to melt. Just my observation take it for what its worth........nothing....lol

Couesfanatic I do think you'll be happier with the Belem. UG is beautiful but a pain to maintain and I find no matter what I do it always uproots it self and requires re-planting.

Good luck with the new scape!
Interesting point. I did have some pretty high water temps when it was struggling.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:08 PM   #33
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Plants in general don't like warmer water, it's not just a UG specific thing.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:11 AM   #34
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Following this! I bought about the same setup, just waiting for it to arrive. glosso and hc seem like a good choice to go with.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:36 AM   #35
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How much did you pay for that stone? Its kind of lacking in character for a rock with a name and presumably high price tag.
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:43 AM   #36
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How much did you pay for that stone? Its kind of lacking in character for a rock with a name and presumably high price tag.
I'm not sure what you mean, but..

Its yamaya stone. I got it at aquatouch. They sell it for 4 dollars a pound I think. But I paid nothing.

I like the rocks and think they are nice. I personally can't stand the rocks with lots of big holes on them. Doesn't look natural to me.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:27 PM   #37
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Following this! I bought about the same setup, just waiting for it to arrive. glosso and hc seem like a good choice to go with.
Are you going to post a journal? I'd like to see it.


I'm going to post an updated pic any day now.
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:27 AM   #38
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A little bit of an update. I gave away the bumblebee goby when I picked up a scarlet badis. I finally found this little fish at a LFS. I'm still looking for a female badis. All my shrimp jumped, so I only have the otto and the scarlet badis. I probably need more cover for the shrimp to feel comfortable.

The Belem is growing in well, most all the algae is gone, just getting a little bit of hair algae. I let the water go a little low for the last week, which I think lowered my co2 level which started the tiny bit of hair algae. I'll be keeping the water higher up now. Tank pics:





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Old 08-02-2011, 07:08 AM   #39
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Ohh..so this is where my Badis went!! jk.

Nice Scarlet Badis.
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:48 AM   #40
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What I thought was the beginning of hair algae, was just GDA. I'm trying the three weeks of waiting method. I haven't scraped the glass for two weeks. (And its killing me) The hairgrass is still growing good but has GDA on it. One more week and I can clean the glass. If that doesn't do it then I will be trying adding Mg, Epsom Salt.

Badis is eating frozen brine shrimp and little worms I have in the substrate.
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:54 AM   #41
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update time. All is well and things are growing in. All I have in the tank is the scarlet badis. E Belem and regular hairgrass. All from 2 peices of grass. From the last pics on here it went to this:



And this is how it is now. I'm pretty happy with the way things are going. I have a problem with green water, which fades in the evening about 30 minutes before the co2 goes off, strange. Im gunna pick up a uv sterilizer. Things are growing in. Should I trim or let it keep going?:





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Old 09-30-2011, 01:58 AM   #42
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let it grow!!!!!!!
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Old 10-17-2011, 03:21 AM   #43
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Finally got out and got a uv sterilizer. Killed the green water and came home to a clear tank again. Some serious cleaning will be underway soon. Lily pipes and tubing will be cleaned, along with the eheim. I will be pulling the rocks out for a deep cleaning and putting them back in. I'm thinking about pulling out the regular hairgrass in the background. Anyone want it? I can't decide if I want to keep it or not. I want the E. Belem to grow in nice and thick.

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Old 10-17-2011, 03:23 AM   #44
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I forgot to say, I love this little scarlet badis. I never have to feed him. He eats what he finds in the tank. He's the only thing in there. I've been thinking about adding some shrimp to add with variety. They could be a food source also for the badis.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:35 AM   #45
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I agree that you should rip out the normal hairgrass.
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