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Old 02-23-2014, 06:36 PM   #106
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Love the most recent FTS! Everything is looking awesome! I actually just recently added some buce to the driftwood in my 55, after getting tired of watching it struggle in my emersed tank for the last 6 months! I hope it will eventually fill in in a similar manner to yours!
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:09 AM   #107
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Nice man, the brownie red really looks like it's thriving. Beautiful color too.
There's just something about Buces that provides such amazing contrast with other plants…

Your tank makes me really miss my collection!

Dude, I completely feel what you're throwing down. Buces just make driftwood pop like no other plant can. They have such a unique shape that it really adds a nice layer of texture that no other plant can replicate. Also, the colors are some of the more uncommon amongst aquarium plants, (dark green,blue, purple)

One day once I finally get my dual 60 gallon setup running, I'm going to have 20 gallons of my sump as a refugium dedicated to shrimp and buces. Then I'll expand my collection. But gosh... I could use a good source for the said plants, such a shame that you don't collect anymore... *cough cough* get more plants * cough cough.




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Love the most recent FTS! Everything is looking awesome! I actually just recently added some buce to the driftwood in my 55, after getting tired of watching it struggle in my emersed tank for the last 6 months! I hope it will eventually fill in in a similar manner to yours!
Now that I am remembering more correctly, I only had 4 buce lamandau purple, 1 golden bell, and 1 bukit betung. I then purchased 5 buce brownie red for a steal at $10 a piece and they were massive. Now though, it seems that they multiply rapidly now that they are all settled in. I reccomend starting with as many as possible so as to get them to bush even faster, and there is a high market demand right now for them, so catching a profit off of them isn't too bad.



Its definitely been a fun tank to play with over the months. I'm just starting to get into stem plants, but buces and crypts hold a special place in my planted heart haha. Speaking of stems, I just got some cuphea anagalloidea and some Proserpinaca palustris 'Cuba' in today, I decided to get rid of my Ludwigia sp palustris red, Rotala bangladesh, and Rotala mini pearl type II, Ludwigia needs more horizontal space in the tank to creep and bush, and I just don't have that in a 20 gallon, Rotala bangladesh is very weedy, and not really that pretty. and I needed the space occupied by the mini pearl. So I replace the bangladesh with the cuphea, the ludwigia with the mermaid weed cuba, and I moved my A. Reneickii variagated from the back right corner to the front left where the mini pearl used to be. Hoping to get some thicker groupings of all of my stems now that I know what grows well and where. I put a few stems of Lobelia Cardinalis dwarf in the back right corner, it'll look good in the back with the metallic red crypts in front of it.



I'll post pics in a week or so, once the stems sprout up.

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Old 02-25-2014, 06:35 PM   #108
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Dude, I completely feel what you're throwing down. Buces just make driftwood pop like no other plant can. They have such a unique shape that it really adds a nice layer of texture that no other plant can replicate. Also, the colors are some of the more uncommon amongst aquarium plants, (dark green,blue, purple)

One day once I finally get my dual 60 gallon setup running, I'm going to have 20 gallons of my sump as a refugium dedicated to shrimp and buces. Then I'll expand my collection. But gosh... I could use a good source for the said plants, such a shame that you don't collect anymore... *cough cough* get more plants * cough cough.
Couldn't have said it better myself-- Buces are just amazing plants!

Trust me, there are plans in the works… When though, not entirely sure.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:26 PM   #109
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Thats awesome phil, glad to hear it haha. Just got my hands on Buce "shine blue" Very pretty plant.

Lol my Crypt affinis metallic red mother plant that I've had in the same spot for about 5 months, started blooming for a second time Happy momma plant

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Quick Update, added Bucephalandra Shine Blue and Bucephalandra Copper to the tank. You can see copper in the bottom right hand corner of the tank.



The Shine blue is on the left in the middle gap, its still bouncing back from shipping.


My Tillandsia Ionantha "Fuego" was blooming today. Such a cool little plant!


And lastly here is the promised pic of my C. Affinis Metallic Red blooming for the second time this year


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That's quet a collection. Somehow, I have not gotten into buces ... yet. Probably because playing $40 for a tiny plant was just too rich for me. Still is. And my pitiful history of keeping crypts does not give me much confidence of keeping these guys alive.

Time for me to read up and to man up.
Seeing your guy's tanks is motivation enough.

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Old 03-10-2014, 06:11 PM   #112
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Lookin good. You run CO2 right? If so those plants should bounce back very well. I do light DIY CO2. The copper grows much faster than the shine.

OVT you definitely wont be disappointed with buces. And as fas as price, every so often there are some really good deals on buces in the FS section. I would also, so far in my experience, consider them easier than crypts to keep. They really are a beautiful plant! Just beware the of the bug
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:51 AM   #113
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That's quet a collection. Somehow, I have not gotten into buces ... yet. Probably because playing $40 for a tiny plant was just too rich for me. Still is. And my pitiful history of keeping crypts does not give me much confidence of keeping these guys alive.

Time for me to read up and to man up.
Seeing your guy's tanks is motivation enough.

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Thanks OVT, you've got quite the tanks yourself! But don't let a little crypt trouble get you down. Give buces a try, I justify the expense by using only money made from selling plants to buy more plants. Let the trimmings do all the work. And, it might be a little investment up front, but the return from selling baby plantlets is rather rewarding as well

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Lookin good. You run CO2 right? If so those plants should bounce back very well. I do light DIY CO2. The copper grows much faster than the shine.

OVT you definitely wont be disappointed with buces. And as fas as price, every so often there are some really good deals on buces in the FS section. I would also, so far in my experience, consider them easier than crypts to keep. They really are a beautiful plant! Just beware the of the bug

I do run co2 through a cerges reactor. And I'm not worried, I've had very few plants that I couldn't grow in here. They are both really pretty plants. That bolded sentence is right
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Wow what a tank journey! I love the FTS posted on 9/1 (or was it 9/2?). Anyway, wonderful job, it looks very natural but there is so much detail and variety!
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Great collection and thread.

Was wondering, is CO2 necessary for buces? Also, what is best way to propagate them? Just cut top section off and replant?
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:38 PM   #116
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Thanks Cherry, really pleased that you enjoyed the thread. I have really been enjoying keeping this tank. And you nailed it on the head. I was shooting for as much variety as possible without making it look unnatural. I feel like it's coming along nicely.

Hey cape! Co2 is not necessary for buces but just like most plants, co2 will promote much more robust growth that looks a lot better. Propagation wise, each buce is a little different. Some of them make pups, while others you can chop off the tops. Most of the ones I have make pups as they creep along the driftwood.


This tank is going to stay the same for a while as I continue to prepare for my 60 gallon setup. Imagine this tank but 3x times as large lol.
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Quick update, I removed the Crypt cordata rosanervig on the leftside. It was getting massive, and I wanted more room for my True rotala indica bush. It was massive, had 2 baby plants attached a good 6 inches away from the base of the plant!



Here's the tank after my tirm today, still a little cloudy


You can see the corner where i thickened up the true rotala indica



Some cool pics of some Schrimps playing tag






Lastly here are some pics of my Cryptocoryne Affinis Pahang Barat "Metallic Red" Spathe from the past 2 weeks!














Thanks for looking!
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Old 03-18-2014, 03:47 PM   #118
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I see you've got your affinis "met. Red" now listed with Pahang Barat in the name. Did you actually get some of the plant collected at that location?
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Joshua, one of the nurii you sent me is putting out a spathe (pretty confident it's a spathe - it's still really small though).

Also, are you sure the cordata is 'rosanervig'? Doesn't seem to have the characteristic markings of that variety.

Your tank is looking good! Huge spathe on that affinis.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:01 PM   #120
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Joshua, one of the nurii you sent me is putting out a spathe (pretty confident it's a spathe - it's still really small though).

Also, are you sure the cordata is 'rosanervig'? Doesn't seem to have the characteristic markings of that variety.

Your tank is looking good! Huge spathe on that affinis.
Most C. nurii spathes are pretty small. Most of the ones I have had were not more than a few inches tall. Although those were all emersed, submersed will often be a bit taller as they reach for the surface.

Many of the variations such as the 'rosanervig' are often environment dependent, so if this species/variant thrives in black water habitats(or hardwater..etc.) they may do well in a slightly low pH but not show the full colors/characteristics of that variant.
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