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Old 10-16-2012, 09:59 PM   #316
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Your latest shot is beautiful! What is that grass type plant by the diffuser?
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Your latest shot is beautiful! What is that grass type plant by the diffuser?
Thanks!! Lilaeopsis mauritiana
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:47 AM   #318
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Thanks!! Lilaeopsis mauritiana
Speaking of Lilaeopsis mauritiana...check out Oliver Knott's awesome page here! Notice how even this Nature Aquarium master doesn't see any real carpeting until after the 60th to 73rd day...
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:57 AM   #319
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Speaking of Lilaeopsis mauritiana...check out Oliver Knott's awesome page here! Notice how even this Nature Aquarium master doesn't see any real carpeting until after the 60th to 73rd day...
It's super slow!!! But there is new growth. Too bad the old growth on mind as hair algae.
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:28 AM   #320
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It's super slow!!! But there is new growth. Too bad the old growth on mind as hair algae.
Yeah, we're both suffering the same issue. I dropped 20 (Juvie) Amanos in there and they colored up quickly and some have already molted. But now, after an entire day in the aquarium although none have apparently died, I can't find any of those little bastards and I think I'm going to have to buy another 20 to get them to work on this microsword. WTH!?! *frustrated*
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:32 AM   #321
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such a nice sleek tank, love the clean look of your glass gadgets
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:08 PM   #322
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Yeah, we're both suffering the same issue. I dropped 20 (Juvie) Amanos in there and they colored up quickly and some have already molted. But now, after an entire day in the aquarium although none have apparently died, I can't find any of those little bastards and I think I'm going to have to buy another 20 to get them to work on this microsword. WTH!?! *frustrated*
gives me a good idea, ill probably scour the local fish stores now for some juvie amanos to throw in. I always avoided them because I had SAKURA shrimp and whenever I wold throw in some fish shrimp food the amanos would bully the other shrimp and steal all the food.

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such a nice sleek tank, love the clean look of your glass gadgets
thanks man. I really try to make look as clean as possible. I am into the aesthetics as much I am the fish and plants. I really want the focus to be in the layout and not so much the equipment in the tank. its tough to do with such a small tank.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:27 PM   #323
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Thought I would switch gears a bit and share with you my own little version if "Wabi-Kusa". Takashi Amano's planted emersed balls. Or whatever you want to call them. I like to call them my Wabis. Anyway, this one I made with the wrong type of peat moss. I just picked up the miracle grow peat moss in Home Depot thinking that was the stuff. But this type of peat moss is more like dirt and doesn't really hold its shape. After some tweaking and lots if tying I managed to make something that looked like a ball of dirt. Lol! Anyway, it's growing in my emersed growing Stratton that in energy set up using a 20 L. Its growing in quite well. Plants are: s.repens, hair grass, Ludwigia 'red', r.rotundofolia and some moss.
I need to find "real" peat moss, next time I get a Vance ill see if they carry it in Home Depot. If anyone can recommend the brand to get let me know.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:38 PM   #324
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Tomorrow is water change day but I figure I'd take an Instagram shot: follow me @frrokk
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:06 AM   #325
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10/21/12 - water change. Glass cleaning. Trimming algae infested plants. Dose equilibrium.

I bought shades for this room this weekend. I am going to put them up tomorrow. Finally going to block the sun from making this tank into an algae grow-out farm.lol Also, This week begins my search for cheap and small Cardinia multidentata (amano shrimp), locally. I am going to add 5-6 and if I can get some ottos I will add three as well. All my Sakura shrimp are dead except one lonely male that now lives in my lo-tech ten. Such beautiful red shrimp and they all died on me. I will never have shrimp(except Amano's) with Co2 again. Thx for looking.

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Hey your wabi is pretty good! Shame about the shrimp
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:48 AM   #327
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Plants are: s.repens, hair grass, Ludwigia 'red', r.rotundofolia and some moss.
I need to find "real" peat moss, next time I get a Vance ill see if they carry it in Home Depot. If anyone can recommend the brand to get let me know.
Do you know what kina moss that is? Looks like some stuff I saw growing on trees in Mexico. I've gotten peat before, but it only comes in 3 cu ft. compressed bags, way too much for me. I think the brand name was Sunshine? I can't exactly recall now.
In my most recent Wabi, I used organic potting soil (not MGOPM), wrapped it with cheesecloth and string. Is the theory in Wabi that the peat holds it together? How does the wabi get nutes? I'm new to it.. but it's fun
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Hey your wabi is pretty good! Shame about the shrimp
Hey thanks. Yea really sucks about my shrimp, I want to start a shrimp only tank in the future. Right now it's not possible tho.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:01 AM   #329
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Do you know what kina moss that is? Looks like some stuff I saw growing on trees in Mexico. I've gotten peat before, but it only comes in 3 cu ft. compressed bags, way too much for me. I think the brand name was Sunshine? I can't exactly recall now.
In my most recent Wabi, I used organic potting soil (not MGOPM), wrapped it with cheesecloth and string. Is the theory in Wabi that the peat holds it together? How does the wabi get nutes? I'm new to it.. but it's fun
The moss I used on the wabi is Xmas moss I think maybe mixed with java.

Yea I've seen some stuff online where people used peat moss and that's it's pretty much and the plants grow. The peat def holds it together. If I can find the real stuff, I have a little glass container ready for another one.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:21 PM   #330
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Peat Moss should be easy to find. You want pure sphagnum peat. Usually/ possibly always compressed which means even the smallest bag/bale will probably be overkill or enough for a lifetime of Wabi's!
I mix peat and compost 3 to 1 get it pretty wet, then squeeze the water out and it holds it's shape quite well. A layer of moss around the ball (to help hold it together) with plants and additional moss here and there works nicely.
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