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Old 07-04-2013, 04:30 AM   #811
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Been awhile:

Removed:

Lace plants, mini butterfly, Rotala sunset.

Added:

Crypt aponogetifolia

Left the more obvious stuff, but the pantanal and Erio Type 3, hard to see since they were trimmed low.

Had only 1-2 stems, but now I have about 15, but most got toasted due to overgrowth of the Mini butterfly and crowded them.

Elatine hydropiper does very well entangled in the moss at the left top where the wood pokes up and out of the water. It's submersed, but the fish and larger shrimp cannot bother it much up there. Does fine with water column ferts only.
Temp is 84F in this tank, so temp, light/CO2/ferts have nothing to do with my problems establishing it. Fish and shrimp picking at it and uprooting does.



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Old 07-04-2013, 04:57 AM   #812
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What I want to know is how you keep that wood so consistently algae free, Tom. Scrub with a toothbrush every week during the water change?
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:50 AM   #813
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What I want to know is how you keep that wood so consistently algae free, Tom. Scrub with a toothbrush every week during the water change?
No, I have not touched the wood in, well.....I cannot recall the last time.
I got a little BBA, but fixed the CO2 2-3x over the years, but that's about it.

I can add all sorts of vile algae covered plants in this tank, nothing survives(algae, plants do great).
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:52 AM   #814
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Nice cardinal school, that wood is great. Malaysian driftwood, right?

Would you say that your blyxa is maxed out in height?
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:52 PM   #815
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Nice cardinal school, that wood is great. Malaysian driftwood, right?

Would you say that your blyxa is maxed out in height?
No, western cedar from the Eel River, CA.

No Blyxa is a stem plant, it'll keep growing up.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:06 PM   #816
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Stunning tank!!! But you already know this, hehe.
The hardscape is out of this world.

Hoping to get some of your epic wood here soonish... got a new tank idea in mind!
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:00 PM   #817
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I have seen pictures of the Eel river. Looks absolutely breathtaking. Will have to travel up north to see if for myself one of these days.
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I have seen pictures of the Eel river. Looks absolutely breathtaking. Will have to travel up north to see if for myself one of these days.
Keep going and head up to Prairie Creek Redwood State park and Redwood National Park.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=415

2 of the deepest densest forest on the planet.

Around the Eel river: The Lost Coast Drive is awesome, Mattole road loop from Ferndale etc. You can drive out to the beach where the Eel meets the ocean, just do not get stuck. My friend lives right there and we can walk down with Kayaks and paddle right on out and back from his house.
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:19 PM   #819
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Hi Tom, i started my HC DSM based on this topic that you made and in my case it isnt being that easy

My main problem is when i allow too much humity and constant spray as told, i get an invasion of white fuzzy fungus and now its killing all my HC with some exceptions and im not seeing them grow at all,

Im at the 2nd week and the rate they are melting and browning/yellowing is behond normal,
Even the ones that grown the most are dying with fungus under them..

The soil is a fresh new ADA New Amazonia, always moist even withut constant spraying
Got 124x0.1w Led in 2 fixures adding some nice light
Tank is a 54liter 60x30x30

Im desperate, i even added hydrogen peroxide to try to kill the fungus but did nothing
If i add vinegar noew i dont believe the HC will endure it..i guess i have to order more HC and do the standard method instead
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:08 AM   #820
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Have you tried rasping fish (plecos) with aged/orderless cedar woods?
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:38 AM   #821
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Nice setup, I just subscribed. I haven't read all the pages yet. Did you ever add the Hatchets? I have had a problem with them getting out of the tank....
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:06 AM   #822
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I really like this tank. I like how the cardinals congregate near the driftwood.
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