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Old 08-31-2013, 03:54 PM   #76
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Do you vacuum the substrate? How often do you do that? If I would've seen that $15 trim package I would've been right on that. I wouldn't know what is do with the other 90+ stems though. :P
I'm still trying to figure out how to vac a substrate with dirt an sand I hear/read people do it but as far as me doing it noooooo way all I do is stir the sub as best as I can with tha vac hose an suc up as much crap as I can every water change and that's once a week 50% but I'm gonna bump it up to every other day an cut back to 20-30% for a bit just to see if it makes a difference for the environment in my tank.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:26 PM   #77
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Did a 80 to 100% water change today. Picked up all the floating crap and debris from the substrate. Ive noticed an increase in gsa or whatever the slimy algae is on the leaves. My bio load is much lower than before. Im tired of seeing this dam gsa/bga algae. I dont know whats wrong....
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:10 PM   #78
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Did a 80 to 100% water change today. Picked up all the floating crap and debris from the substrate. Ive noticed an increase in gsa or whatever the slimy algae is on the leaves. My bio load is much lower than before. Im tired of seeing this dam gsa/bga algae. I dont know whats wrong....
Did u take your fish out of the tank.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:25 PM   #79
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Did u take your fish out of the tank.


No, I took out 40 to 50% water first, filled in with new water. Saw there was still debris at the bottom, so took out another 40 to 50%. Sure theres new water added to it so Im not sure what to call the water change. There is only one fish, the Sae.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:30 PM   #80
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Wanted to go UG but I keep hearing EI dosing will kill UG.....But others keep it with EI successfully, so I have no idea what to do.
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I really wanted to grow UG, but it seems to be the hardest foreground to grow. So I guess atm Im stuck with HC, its my first carpeting plant and my original love Wouldnt mind another carpet.
EI dosing definitely does not kill UG. I have high light, CO2, EI dosing (50% weekly water changes), and aquasoil, and it absolutely thrives in my tank (the 60cm one in my journal). Also, you have a nice tank. I wouldn't call it boring or unimaginative.

This is just less than 2 months of growth:



It started like this:

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Old 09-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #81
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EI dosing definitely does not kill UG. I have high light, CO2, EI dosing (50% weekly water changes), and aquasoil, and it absolutely thrives in my tank (the 60cm one in my journal). Also, you have a nice tank. I wouldn't call it boring or unimaginative.
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Thank you sooooooo much, finally a comment from someone who actually has it and is dosing. Thanks! It gives me hope. atm Ive already planted all the HC I had floating, so till the time I find someone selling their entire carpet/change of scape, Ill keep the HC. Your carpet looks great. Do you have to snip/trim every week?

Thanks for the comment, Im having a very hard time scaping with some of the plants. They just arent the bushy type. Im also getting blue green/gsa on my plant leafs. Very annoying, plants are growing wonderfully but the algae just does not want to go.

Heres a pic of my diandra, note how big a role the LED colour/temp plays.



I edited this pic but still couldnt get the real colours. Its literally glowing, it hurts your eye, thats how pink and bright it is. Its maybe 2 cm under my led lights.

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Your carpet looks great. Do you have to snip/trim every week?
I trimmed it last week on Saturday for the first time, and I only took down maybe 1/2" or so. It's super dense though feels like thick plush shag carpet. I have to trim my stem plants and my hydrocotyle weekly, so it's no big deal to do this at the same time if I have to. It was super easy to trim by just holding my aqueon water changer next to the scissors as I trimmed, and it just sucked out all of the clippings. Mess free!
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That was my main issue with UG, it getting too thick. theres no pretty way to thin it out either. it will grow on top of itself if you don't. But its still one of my favorites. I also grew it with ei. I'm still very jealous of that diandra. :P
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I trimmed it last week on Saturday for the first time, and I only took down maybe 1/2" or so. It's super dense though feels like thick plush shag carpet. I have to trim my stem plants and my hydrocotyle weekly, so it's no big deal to do this at the same time if I have to. It was super easy to trim by just holding my aqueon water changer next to the scissors as I trimmed, and it just sucked out all of the clippings. Mess free!
Thats good, I know it will be exactly like DGH but a little less annoying. I used to use a fishing net to catch all the needles that I used to trim. The darn things went right through the net. With UG Im hoping since its a little more wide, that wont be a problem.

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That was my main issue with UG, it getting too thick. theres no pretty way to thin it out either. it will grow on top of itself if you don't. But its still one of my favorites. I also grew it with ei. I'm still very jealous of that diandra. :P
If theres too much, ship some my way That diandra still has a long way to go :p Ill be happy when the reds are uniform.
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Thats good, I know it will be exactly like DGH but a little less annoying. I used to use a fishing net to catch all the needles that I used to trim. The darn things went right through the net. With UG Im hoping since its a little more wide, that wont be a problem.
If you use the cheap little super fine white nets, it'll have no problem catching all of your UG.
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If you use the cheap little super fine white nets, it'll have no problem catching all of your UG.
Now I remember, I bought a butterfly net from a $ store many years ago, I think that might be fine enough...but I have HC now

Also, did water test and what a shocker!!

Phosphates are 1 ppm
Nitrates are 0 ppm

This means algae right? Not enough nutrients for the plants!!!

I made a new EI water batch and happened is, I made a 2 L solution. I then divided the solution into 500 ml bottles. As I kept dosing from the bottle, the nutrients settled down. Even when I shook it violently, it would not dissolve. In the 2L solution everything dissolved. So I think thats the problem. Ive been dosing the mush like macros about a teaspoon during dosing. It should still be enough though. Trace solution is completely fine.

My macro solution is,

In 1 L of DI water mix:

94 g of K2SO4 (6 tablesp)

24 g of KH2PO4 (2 table)

111g of KNO3 (8 table)

I dose 20 ml each time.

I used the calculator for this too, did I mess it up?
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:18 PM   #87
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Its a mess but I have plans for the left side of the tank.


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Now I remember, I bought a butterfly net from a $ store many years ago, I think that might be fine enough...but I have HC now

Also, did water test and what a shocker!!

Phosphates are 1 ppm
Nitrates are 0 ppm

This means algae right? Not enough nutrients for the plants!!!

I made a new EI water batch and happened is, I made a 2 L solution. I then divided the solution into 500 ml bottles. As I kept dosing from the bottle, the nutrients settled down. Even when I shook it violently, it would not dissolve. In the 2L solution everything dissolved. So I think thats the problem. Ive been dosing the mush like macros about a teaspoon during dosing. It should still be enough though. Trace solution is completely fine.

My macro solution is,

In 1 L of DI water mix:

94 g of K2SO4 (6 tablesp)

24 g of KH2PO4 (2 table)

111g of KNO3 (8 table)

I dose 20 ml each time.

I used the calculator for this too, did I mess it up?
K2SO4 has a hard time dissolving in small amounts of water, use http://rota.la/en/ to calculate the right amount and solutions, it'll warn you if there's not enough water for it to fully dissolve. Personally for this reason I just skip the extra potassium and use KNO3 and KH2PO4, not sure if that's generally accepted but everything is growing fine.

Love your tank by the way, its like a chameleon.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:15 AM   #89
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K2SO4 has a hard time dissolving in small amounts of water, use http://rota.la/en/ to calculate the right amount and solutions, it'll warn you if there's not enough water for it to fully dissolve. Personally for this reason I just skip the extra potassium and use KNO3 and KH2PO4, not sure if that's generally accepted but everything is growing fine.

Love your tank by the way, its like a chameleon.
Thanks, it does look like a chameleon

I used a calc like that but I made a 2 L solution. Once I divided into 500 ml bottles, I guess thats when things went south. As I approached the 300 ml mark on the bottle, things started to settle.
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I dont like spamming my journal here, but this is a big update.

So today turned out to be a MAJOR clean up. I sold alot of the ludwig red hybrid and that caused a chain effect. There was so much crap/mulm everywhere that I decided to clean up everything. The d diandra was decomposing from the bottom as no light could get down. The mermaid weed was in the way so I had to move that. The wavy was in the way as well so moved that. Threw away a crap load of stems because the leaves had gsa here and there. I cut down the mini type 2. I have no hopes for it, these plants just not want to convert to their true self.

The left most side with that stupid ugly green plant is going in the garbage next weekend. Im going to replace it with R India. The right side is becoming cluttered. The Nesea needs trimming and I have to deal with the cuba and the others. Boy this isnt easy.

I really hope the drop in bio mass does not cause much trouble. I also upturned alot of substrate.

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