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Old 12-21-2012, 02:01 AM   #16
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Picked up two used Mh lights (175w) not exactly what I had in mind, but for 30 bucks with used bulbs we can adapt. still need more to make the 7ft spread.

A friend took some higher res pics. Here is a teaser.


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Old 12-21-2012, 04:24 AM   #17
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Dang. I need to start saving my pennies. Looks great.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:57 PM   #18
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Looks really nice. What temperature are you keeping the discus tank?
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:30 PM   #19
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I keep my tanks at 84-5. Gives me some wiggle room up or down if need be.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:20 PM   #20
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Very nice driftwood and discus. I love the colors on the discus that's always to the left in the pictures...simply beautiful.

I think the tank needs a bit more contrast overall but that will probably come in time as the plants grow out.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:22 AM   #21
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yea the contrast will really make all the difference from a green natural tank, to a real discus scape. I have yet to move the R. Macrandra, and L. Peruensis into the 210g. With these additions, and the L. Repens, L. Repens Rubin growing in some we should be in good shape. The colorata should liven up now in better lighting all so.

Plant shipment didn't show up at my favorite LFS today. Fingers crossed it makes it in the am, nothing worse than a late order of live fish/plants.

Hopefully my Ulvaceus, and a few odd ball crypts are waiting tomorrow after the lunch rush is over.

I did manage to setup my two 175w metal halides on half the tank.
Trying the spread to see how it looks.
Most likely I will need the two more lights, hopefully 250w will do it.
Both the 250w and 400w industrial fixtures are all over craigslist, the hard part seems to be getting a response back.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:06 AM   #22
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Hey there TPT friend and local neighbor! You have some awesome tanks. I like the nice vibrant colors, nice work.

I am curious about your dirt methods. Where can I learn more about the method you are using. It seems to be proven to work by looking at your plants.

Also, which local fish store do you go to? I've been going to Aqualand and World of Fish. Just wondering if there is a better lfs around that I don't know about.

Keep up the good work!
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:29 AM   #23
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What is Humus or Humic Acid?

The term "humus" dates back to the time of the Romans, when it was frequently used to designate the soil as a whole. It was later applied to the organic matter of soils and composts, or to different fractions of this organic matter; as well as, to complexes formed from a variety of natural organic substances. Humus compounds are complex natural organic compounds that are formed in soils from plant residues, by a process of "humification". Humus materials are complex aggregate of brown to dark colored amorphous substances, which have originated during the decomposition of plant and animal residues by microorganisms, under aerobic and anaerobic conditions, in soils, composts, peat bogs, and water basins. Chemically, humus consists of certain constituents of the original plant material resistant to further decomposition; of substances undergoing decomposition; of complexes resulting from decomposition, either by processes of hydrolysis or by oxidation and reduction; and of various compounds synthesized by microorganisms.
"Humic acid " is the commercial term often used to refer to the combined humic and fulvic acid content found in these naturally occurring deposits. Humic acid is known to be among the most bio-chemically active materials found in soil.
Why Use Humic Acid?


Today, there is a recognized and increasing use of humic acids for their beneficial impact on the growth and cultivation of crops (vegetable & non-vegetable), citrus, turf, flowers, and particularly in organically-deficient soils. Humic acid is not a fertilizer as it does not directly provide nutrients to plants, but is a compliment to fertilizer. Benefits include:
  • Addition of organic matter to organically-deficient soils
  • Increase root vitality
  • Improved nutrient uptake
  • Increased chlorophyll synthesis
  • Better seed germination
  • Increased fertilizer retention
  • Stimulate beneficial microbial activity
  • Healthier plants and improved yields
How Does Humic Acid Improve Soil?

When applied to clay soils, humic acid can help break up compacted soils, allowing for enhanced water penetration and better root zone growth and development. When applied to sandy soils, humic acid adds essential organic material necessary for water retention thus improving root growth and enhancing the sandy soil's ability to retain and not leach out vital plant nutrients.
How Does Humic Acid Improve Plant Growth?

As mentioned above, one way plant growth is improved is through the structural improvement of both clay and sandy soil allowing for better root growth development.
Plant growth is also improved by the ability of the plant to uptake and receive more nutrients. Humic acid is especially beneficial in freeing up nutrients in the soil so that they are made available to the plant as needed. For instance if an aluminum molecule is binded with a phosphorus one, humic acid detaches them making the phosphorus available for the plant. Humic acid is also especially important because of its ability to chelate micronutrients increasing their bio-availability.
How Does Humic Acid Effect Microbial Activity and What is its Role?

The activities of beneficial soil microbes are crucial for the sustainability of any soil and plant growth. Humic acid stimulates microbial activity by providing the indigenous microbes with a carbon source for food, thus encouraging their growth and activity. Soil microbes are responsible for solubilizing vital nutrients such as phosphorus that can then be absorbed by the humic acid and in turn made available to the plant. Additionally, microbes are responsible for the continued development of humus in the soil as it continues to break down not fully decomposed organic matter. This in-situ production of humus continues to naturally add to the humic acid base and its benefits.
Humic Acid's Role in Fertilization

Humic acid is technically not a fertilizer, although in some walks people do consider it that. Humic acid is an effective agent to use as a complement to synthetic or organic fertilizers. In many instances, regular humic acid use will reduce the need for fertilization due to the soil's and plant's ability to make better use of it. In some occurrences, fertilization can be eliminated entirely if sufficient organic material is present and the soil can become self sustaining through microbial processes and humus production.

http://www.naturalenviro.com/Article...umic-acid-role - reference link
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:26 AM   #24
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Very nice planted tank.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:08 PM   #25
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on humic acid: you can add it to your tank with one of hydrophytes products. i bought some of them from him along with groSoil (essentially a cake of MTS you can shove in your established substrate) and use them for my crypts.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:58 PM   #26
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I heard back from the dude on the last XMas gift for myself this year.

Decided to keep my 55g barrels for water storage, and grab a 275g IBC off craigslist.
Modifying the the original design to hybridize the skippy filter design incorportating the
simplicity of these DIY aquaponics systems as well shouldn't be a challenge.

If you are not familiar with the technique here is a few example pictures and an in depth video link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYFM7J_TpTU




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Old 12-27-2012, 05:30 AM   #27
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Discus school is looking good this evening. Got two new albinos for xmas.
Still playing email tag, etc gathering alittle bit of equipment too.
Now that we are between holidays it should be easier.








Growth has been good lately with the carpet plants. It has been one
month since i planted the glosso, HC, ronalisma, etc.
Sorry for the bubbly water, I has working on the co2 reactor for the 210g
and the 75g got cranked up alittle extra along the way.




s. repens sp. low grow

s. repens - tropica






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Old 12-27-2012, 06:16 PM   #28
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Is that colored streak in the second picture from the top an effort at photographing a zebra danio? Even my dad's camera that can take clear midair photos of a kid jumping off a boulder can't get a clear pic of a speeding danio.
Love the tanks! Lol, and I thought my Christmas 65 gallon was big...
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:15 PM   #29
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That is a blurry corydora julii passing by the camera.
Had two email responses on the lights I am trying to buy,
both have had no contact info, and simply ask if I am interested
still. After replying yes I hear nothing for a week, then the same again.
heh. I guess you have to pay for cheap equipment somewhere along the way.


: Added to 210g :

Bacopa Australis
Echinodorus Martii


: Added to 75g :

Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:24 AM   #30
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Still unsure of the final layout for the 210g. hardscape i like,
the cluster, that would be a dutch section in the center hasnt started
to come around nicely yet. Entertaining the idea of removing most
of the center mass, and opening up the tank over all.

I did do a trim on both tanks, and added some pennywort,
and bacopa australis to the 210g.

Started building the corkboard fern wall that will slide into place
infront of the overflow. I also started some moss growing on the out
flows, and chose to use more needleleaf java, some plain ol java fern,
windelov, bolboitus heteroclita, and possbily a buce or two to round it out.

Selected the driftwood piece that will mount on the overflow as well, hiding
the outflow pipes completely.

75g growout is really moving along. Hopefully by valentines day I can begin a
well planted DSM in my 125g for the iwagumi scape.

Here is a FTS of both, and a video to check out also.

I have had the co2 cranked up lately sorry bout the bubbles...

125g Video

75g Video



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