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Old 11-06-2012, 07:52 AM   #61
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Looking good, but the anubias leaves seem to not quite wit right, it might just be the angle of the pic though. The leaves of the anubias seem to through off the scale a little.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:45 AM   #62
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That's very strange! I thought they provided a nice transition from the foreground into the background. They're doing very good, and are usually the first to pearl during the photoperiod. Keeping them GSA free requires daily dosing of phosphate which the plants can't seem to get enough of.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:37 AM   #63
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No replies since april?! What's going on around here!

Is it because this isn't another 12 gallon long journal?

It must be the obnoxious equipment people dont like...
hey, i resemble that remark!

in all seriousness, nice looking tank man. it is very lush and calming to look at, well done!
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:26 AM   #64
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HC 10/17


HC today:



Full tank shot from today:



Shrimp shot with some plant detail:



As you can see I have torn up a lot of glosso, unfortunately there had been some moss growing very thickly right underneath it and the only way to remove it was to trim it out.

I threw in some HC a while ago and it's starting to take off pretty good. It had come from my buddies no fert non co2 nano tank, and the HC seemed to need a while to transition to my conditions. Everything has been pearling lately, the anubis about an hour into the photoperiod and everything else by midday.

I've been keeping up with a steady dosing regimen, primarily of phosphate, the occasional nitrates and micros, and potassium at the waterchanges and midweek. The amount of shrimp waste really creates a noticeable amount of nitrate, so i barely need to dose much to maintain 20-30ppm
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:08 AM   #65
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wow, everything has grown up so nicely in this tank! Looks so natural!
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:56 AM   #66
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Thanks! The tank has gone through a lot of phases, the glosso took over, then my blyxa did, now the blyxa isn't doing so great and the crypts are taking over, sending out runners everywhere.

Where I once was not able to keep any shrimp alive in the beginning, I now have a thriving population that is still expanding.

My main focus right now is cultivating the HC, and possibly ridding the tank of glosso to make room for an hc carpet. If I can get the HC to take over I will probably remove all other plants and have a sleek HC iwagumi.

Deep down inside, we all just want a sleek HC iwagumi within an ADA set-up . . .
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:31 PM   #67
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:51 AM   #68
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I received two Geissman Mid day 6,000k bulbs today. They are very bright in comparison with the 2nd hand, very used, bulbs I had been using for the past year, which were gifted to me from a friend.

Will I notice an improvement in growth? I hope so!

Posting some full tank shots tomorrow.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #69
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Intense pearling! These geissman bulbs are great. Here is a full tank shot for everyone. I've plucked some large crypt leaves, and you can also see where the glosso is growing back where i trimed.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:05 AM   #70
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Everything is growing very good. The blyxa will take off again I am sure . . . it's been loosing leaves and yellowing since ive moved it a few months ago. Hopefully it will come back.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:29 PM   #71
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Not much of a change, except for my melting blyxa! RIP blyxa, it's been fun growing you!

The HC marches on

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:06 PM   #72
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You won't be trimming that HC anymore if you let the glossy take care of it. Nice tank.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:26 PM   #73
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So lush. Looks amazing.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:58 AM   #74
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You won't be trimming that HC anymore if you let the glossy take care of it. Nice tank.
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So lush. Looks amazing.
Thanks guys!

The glosso drives me nuts, as does the moss that grows along the substrate with it. Very annoying. Never going to have moss in any of my tanks again!

Trimmed the glosso today, still having some substrate problems in the front. The shrimp really move the soil a lot.

changed out about 9 gallons today, dosed macros + micros and iron. Remineralized with equilibrium as well.




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Old 12-20-2012, 01:45 PM   #75
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Totally in love with the carpet! Great tank!
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