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Old 09-01-2013, 03:11 AM   #76
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That cordata rosenivarg is probably the best looking crypt I have ever seen and it has pink!! It just went up to the very top of my list (bumped down nurii a spot), going to have to chatter non-stop to the boyfriend about it until he lets me get one. -completely just fell in love-
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:15 AM   #77
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That cordata rosenivarg is probably the best looking crypt I have ever seen and it has pink!! It just went up to the very top of my list (bumped down nurii a spot), going to have to chatter non-stop to the boyfriend about it until he lets me get one. -completely just fell in love-
Its my girlfriend's favorite too haha, you're not alone. If I have any babies in the next couple of months, I'll let you know!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:26 AM   #78
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Tank was in for a major cleaning today. I've been having problems with brown hair algae the past couple of weeks. I've since upped my co2, did the algae one two punch and started dosing excel for the next week to nip it all in the butt.

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After pic:



And here are some tank pics. Everything is growing in pretty well!. Just gotta get this last bit of algae under control.



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Right




Loach on Moss


DaBucey Driftwood Island


Lots of healthy growth on my "True Dwarf Sag"


Buce Lamandau Purple


Buce Brownie Red


Erio Sulawesi+ Cryptocoryne Flamingo stub


This is a slowly reviving Cryptocoryne Flamingo, It just started to get a brighter green !!!!!



Cryptocoryne Affinis "Metallic Red"


You can see the baby plantlets forming from the shoots


Crypt Cordata Rosanervig going strong, with Clinopodium Brownei in the background, went through the submersed transition flawlessly.





Buce Bukit Betung


Buce Golden Bell - I split it up into all the baby plantlets and got about 6 new plants from the mother plant.


Erio Sulawesi




The one surviving node of Elatine Hydropiper!


Fish protecting the begining of the hydropiper carpet



What do you think??
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:45 AM   #79
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wow! Ive been following since the beginning and just wanted to say your tank looks awesome!

I do have a question though, whats the current pH?
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:32 AM   #80
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wow! Ive been following since the beginning and just wanted to say your tank looks awesome!

I do have a question though, whats the current pH?
Thanks man, its definitely coming along. I still can't wait for the day when my fissidens will completely fill out haha.

My ph without co2 is 7.4-.5 outta the tap. I'm not sure how much of a dip I get when my co2 is on however.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:55 AM   #81
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Thanks man, its definitely coming along. I still can't wait for the day when my fissidens will completely fill out haha.

My ph without co2 is 7.4-.5 outta the tap. I'm not sure how much of a dip I get when my co2 is on however.
That might be a little while, but the co2 will definitely help you out! lol definitely looking forward to the fissidens.

Oh wow, thats great. I cant wait to pickup some erios now, hopefully they'll look as great as yours!
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:33 AM   #82
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Crypt Cordata Rosanervig...

You're one leaf ahead of me, but I have a new leaf shooting out so i'll be tied soon :p

Im glad im not the only one who believes we have the true strain that keeps its pink veins



How is your Cordata doing?
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:45 AM   #83
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That might be a little while, but the co2 will definitely help you out! lol definitely looking forward to the fissidens.

Oh wow, thats great. I cant wait to pickup some erios now, hopefully they'll look as great as yours!
Fissidens is doing much better I must say.
Good luck with the erios, theyre real interesting plants.

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Crypt Cordata Rosanervig...

You're one leaf ahead of me, but I have a new leaf shooting out so i'll be tied soon :p

Im glad im not the only one who believes we have the true strain that keeps its pink veins



How is your Cordata doing?

My cordata is doing great! I currently have 2 strains of it in the tank. One is doing bleh, but they one you are refering to is doing great. Its still retained its pink veins, however, the most recent leaf that just came out is a bit duller than the rest. We will see. Its only put out like 2 leaves since it was planted, so it could still just be settling in. I do believe that the strain I have is a strong one.

Here's two of the most recent pics. Pre trim and post trim. Oh yeah and I removed the Ballansae and added more stem plants.


Pre Trim


Post Trim



Ballansae when I took it out. 4 feet long lol.


Also added 7 BN plecos. Tank looks loads better.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:56 AM   #84
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Love the tank
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:42 AM   #85
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Wow, it's so much better than before even
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:58 PM   #86
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Love the tank
Thanks Hedge,
Its like a mini slice of yours haha. I wish I had all that depth to play with. Must be fun
But I agree, I'm loving this tank too.

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Wow, it's so much better than before even
Thanks Bserve! I think so as well.


I thought that the Ballansae was a beautiful plant, however, it was a real eyesore in person. It took all of the attention away from the crypts and buces down below.

Also as I've been struggling with gobs of filementous diatoms over the past few weeks, I decided to,
1. Monitor my co2 more closely-> resulted in noticeably more pearling

When I took out my Ballansae, the koralia powerhead was no longer needed, so:
2. Decreased my flow without the powerhead-> resulted in more relaxed fish and an increase in plant growth.
3. Added Cherry shrimp, dario hysignon, and 7 BN plecos - 6 longfin browns and 1 short fin L-144. -> resulted in a lot more activity, and a noticeably cleaner tank at the end of the week!

So in short, fingers crossed that tank maintenance due to diatoms will now be decreased.

Also thinking about selling off all of my true dwarf sag and replacing it with Elatine Hydropiper. I like the grass, but its a bit too tall for the area I want carpetted. Guess I'll need to do another for sale add.

Fissidens has finally started growing much more lush! Thank you lil shrimps!
Also added several new species of stem plants to the tank.

Ludwigia Palustris 'red'
Persicaria 'Kawagoeanum'
Persicaria 'Sao Paulo'
Ludwigia Senegalensis
Ludwigia glandulosa
Rotala bangladesh
Rotala 'Mini Butterfly'
Alternanthera reineckii var. Ocipus
Murdania sp. red

I realize that's alot, but I want to try and see which ones I like the best and then consolidate later... maybe?
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:37 PM   #87
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Made quite a few changes to the tank recently.
I've condensed my plant list a good bit and done a big trim recently, so it'll be at least another week before I post new pics, but I'll describe a few of the more recent changes.
I sold my A. Reineckii var. Ocipus (just didn't like my harder water) also sold Murdania sp. red (beautiful plant, but my tank's not big enough to be able to appreciate it.

So instead, I moved all the stems around alot. Going for a slightly Dutchish look. I have the Driftwood Island still as the main focus, but I've grouped my stems into denser clumps, which helps the tank to look a little more well thought out and also further focuses the attention on the island.

I'll go ahead and describe the tank as if I had photo's to make sense of them.
Back left corner I have a big clump of Rotala Bangladesh, in front of that in another clump I have "True" Rotala Indica (aka ammania sp bonsai), and in front of that I have Rotala mini pearl type II . I figured these smaller stems would help the appearance of depth in my tank by allowing more number of stems in smaller spaces. I ended up pulling out all of my Crypt Pontederiifolia on the front left so that I could make room for the R. type II. It will also allow me to better showcase my Cryptocoryne Ferruguinea in the front once it grows in more.

Behind the island. I will have a nice bush of Persicaria 'Kawagoeanum' and 'Sau Paulo'. Next to this will be Rotala mini butterfly which will taper to the right side leading to a nice bush of Clinopodium Brownei, with A. Reneickii 'Variagated' at the very right back corner.

So basically all of the background and the left side of the tank will be composed of stems. Before my trim this past week, things really did look quite nice and lush. I've reduced my lighting period down to about 8 hours until things start to bounce back and then I'll slowly increase it back up.

And guess what ya'll? Fissidens has FINALLY adapted to my tank and grown in! It is lush and fluffy and exactly what I wanted it to be. I'll probably have to trim it soon. I just wish I could get rid of the occasional tuft of BBA without killing the fissidens.


I've also started an experiment with my Cryptocoryne Affinis "Metallic Red".
After selling some of my trimmins, I purchased one of those glass planter orbs that attach to the side of the tank. Yesterday I put a nice layer of Mineralized Topsoil, peat, grohumate and grosoil root tabs, dolomite, muriate of potash, and clay into the bottom of it and capped with some sand and planted a single Cryptocoryne Affinis "Metallic Red". My experiment is that I would like to see I can slowly adapt it putting out leaves at the surface and hopefully encourage it to flower. and perhaps adapt to Louisiana normal air eventually and just have the roots under water. We will see. Right now the plant is about 2-3 inches under the surface of the water. I will slowly move it up as it establishes itself in the planter.

I'm pretty sure that's just about everything. Overall, I"m quite pleased with all of my plants, and now having gotten everything the way I want it, I'm just going to hunker down with the plants I have and focus on growing them really really well. Essentially, instead of pushing to see how many and what kind of varieties I can have; i'll push to see just how good I can get the ones that I have to grow, in both lushness and quickness. It'll give me a good chance to stay disciplined in the hobby and a better chance to work on my patience. I think I may even stop foraying the for sale adds in the forums just so I'm not tempted.

I'll post pics once things grow in a little better.
Thanks for reading,
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:03 PM   #88
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Really like the tank. I have a question. Of the crypts that you originally listed and there were (A LOT, LOL) which varieties would do best in low light, with root tabs? Your tank is a great inspiration to me, but I don't want to go high tech on my 25 gal.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:28 AM   #89
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

I've got the update pics!
Please read my above post for description on recent events!



Left side


Right Side


P. Kawag, P. Sau Paulo, and R. Mini butterly in that order


Erio Parkeri and Cinereum


My Elatine Hyrdopiper is spreading!


Replaced The C. Pontederiifolia with Rotala mini pearl type II


Going for a more bushy look with it but needs more time. Eventually the triple layered tier will fill in better. You can see the beginnings in this pic.


Shrimp Model



It's quite fluffy



Buce Browneii red flowering.












Now some of you may have noticed a nice little purple intrusion amidst my crypt Nurii.





Look closer:



You betcha! Its a genuine Cryptocoryne Nurii spathe! First spathe I've ever gotten from a crypt!! Hurrah!











Thanks for looking!
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:42 AM   #90
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Really like the tank. I have a question. Of the crypts that you originally listed and there were (A LOT, LOL) which varieties would do best in low light, with root tabs? Your tank is a great inspiration to me, but I don't want to go high tech on my 25 gal.

Thanks for the comments Scotty my man. I started off with quite a bit, but i've since consolidated down a little bit as my interests peaked towards stems a little more. However, as far as crypts go, I'd reccomend any type of Crypt Wendtii in lowtech. Another good option is Crypt Nurii. Both of these are medium to large leaved crypts. Smaller nice ones for lowtech are Crypt lutea, Crypt lucens, and Crypt parva. These are cool bushy stringy ones, very intense greens. You can also try crypt spiralis in the background of a lowtech tank. Soo many choices to try from hehe

Hope this helps, ask any other questions you may have, I'm happy to help!
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