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Old 02-06-2013, 04:24 PM   #361
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give us a pic of this variegated buce.
I'm curious about this one as well.....
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:22 PM   #362
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Ua hua! I know....haven't seen you around for a little bit. Thanks for dropping by! Yes, those are UVL Red Suns. From what I read online here and elsewhere, they are supposed to be a little annoying to look at. And though they are a bit "eye-catching," I don't find them to be a distraction. Yet.

Marko and Mr. Kookm--OK, I'll try to get a picture posted tonight!

UPDATE: So far, so good with the new lights. I'm starting to see tints of red in some leaves....new growth on other plants, and no noticeable issues yet regarding algae or anything like that. I keep my water column pretty lean on the nutrient load regarding ferts and food, so I wouldn't expect algae issues. That said, I'll feel a lot better once a few weeks have passed and things are still looking fine.

Took some new pics yesterday and the day before with the new lighting. Feel free to comment or ask questions!

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Crypt leaves:


Crypt nurii:


Metallic Red Patch:


Starting to get some nice moss growth on some of the manzanita branches:


Noticing some nicer colors on the tillandsia species just down to the center left:


Front of the tank, left side.....incredibly, this is with ONLY four bulbs running:


Left side of the tank...again only four bulbs running;


Front of the tank, center:


Nice shot of some of the plant species....there are many species in this one shot...buce's, crypts, lileopsis, sagittaria, persicaria, ludwigia, alternanthera, staurogyne, anubias:


Front of the tank, right side:


Top of the tank....at "dusk"...




Closer look at a branch....the original vine grew a new shoot, which is what is in the picture on the moss, and the old vine died....odd:


Thanks for looking!
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:43 PM   #363
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I'm going to need some of that red Affinis man. Looking great!
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:56 PM   #364
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Thanks Toksyn! As you can see, I have plenty!

Here is the Buce "variegated" that I got from Xue a few months ago:

Side view doesn't reveal too much of the variegation, but you can sure tell that it likes where it is. I'm hoping that the new lighting will perk it up a bit more:


From the top, you can see more of the variegation on some of the leaves:
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:00 AM   #365
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That lighting seems to bring out such a wide range of color in the plant foliage.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:52 PM   #366
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love the fog rolling off the water
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:26 PM   #367
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This would be another good tank for a magazine article.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:35 PM   #368
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Your pictures are so vibrant!!!! Amazing! The fog looks crazy awesome, and I'm sure the orchids and broms love it!!
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I wondered Don have you seen any new growth from that Spanish moss?
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:14 PM   #370
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The song smoke on the water kept popping into my head, this tank looks outstanding Don, simply outstanding!

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Old 02-08-2013, 02:09 AM   #371
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Devin--Yes, the bulbs have perked things up very nicely, and I'm really enjoying this set up in a new way now! It's almost like having my last set up with the high intensity lighting. I'm getting my Ludwigia grandulosa x palustris to blush and start turning red. I'll try to grab a pic of it soon. Pretty cool!

Like I said on a different thread, I alternate between being curious to try submitting this tank to a magazine, and then feeling a little embarrassed about it. I like the compliments, but I'm not very good at accepting them. I'm a little better than I used to be, but still not great. I'm not even sure where I would even start....This isn't an ADA tank, and that's about the only magazine that I know. You were recently published, Devin, if I remember correctly......I read that article, and I think that I still have it on my iPad still....

I would appreciate the guidance!

And...."YES"!! That Spanish Moss grows quickly! I just usually wrap some of the hanging parts around the branch it's on a few times. I may have to start trimming it. Some of it dangles down into the water as well, which looks neat.

NC!! I love the fog....especially now! After manually watering the plants every day, the new lights do add some additional radiant heat, increasing the evaporation rate, so by the end of the day it just looks like a thick haze hanging over the top of the tank, and a thick fog on top of the water. You can watch the convection happen as the fog comes out, gets a little warm, and starts rising up towards the lighting. NEAT!!

Thanks Bob!! I'm loving the effect, and the new colors! New leaves on most of my buce's are turning red or coppery colored. I am also getting better colors now in some of my Tillandsia species, and one just started throwing out a bloom. Curiously, I have yet to see ANY of my orchids bloom, but that's alright. I started fertilizing a bit more, so that should help (eventually) produce some blooms. You know that I'll be snapping pictures as soon as I get any new flowers on anything!

NWA--I have to admit that I found myself thinking that too, this past weekend. I couldn't get it out of my head for a solid day. Now, it'll be in my head again. lol! Thanks man!! Hope that you are doing well!!
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Well you should think that, you have done an amazing job!!

Things are good here, have nightmares due to dead space 3, upcoming shoulder surgery, and just waiting for tax returns so i can start building my tank!!!!

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That's great about the tillys! Which orchids did you get again? Orchids can take longer between blooms then other plants, depending on the type.
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Wait, are you saying that your tank has it's own weather patterns? W O W. That is interesting. I think I personally would love to see your tank in a magazine.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:33 PM   #375
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incredible daz.. i can't believe i haven't read through this sooner.
glad to see someone else that uses a wider variation of bulb colors!
I thought i saw an ATI aquablue, and ATI purple plus, and a uvl red /455 nm
the other bulbs are questionable..

i wish i could say more, but its just simply...
Beautiful
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