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Old 05-07-2011, 01:07 AM   #1
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Confessions of a plant hoarder.


Hi, I'm Mike and I have full blown collectoritis... again lol.

I've had these tanks set up for several years. Over the last two years my interest in the hobby declined. I ran out of co2 about 1.5 years ago. Getting the tanks filled is kinda a hassle so I never did refill them. I stopped dosing. I did monthly water changes usually when the water level got so low I got tired of hearing the water splashing from the filter lol. I lost about 50 species of plants in the process.

Anyway I recently got back into the hobby. At first I was just gonna get my main tank (a 40g breeder) back up and running. I was going to give away all my shrimp and take down my 29g completely. Then as I started to replace some of the plants that use to do good for me I somehow developed full blown collectoritis again. I decided to keep the 29g up and running.

Here are some pics from the first of april when I started.

Here is the 40g. Note the duckweed and the floating island of riccia.




Here's what it looks like currently. I removed about 3 freezer bags full of wendelov java fern and africa fern. There isn't really a aquascape. I'll hopefully be moving in the next few months so I'm not too worried about it. Just want good, healthy plants.



Here is the 29g. This pic is taken after I cleared the guppy grass that literally had taken over the tank. I don't know how some of the plants on the bottom survived with very little light. Also had either bacteria bloom or green water.

Here is the 29g now


Just thought I would share.
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:57 AM   #2
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I have 45 different species of plants in a 15g, you only have a mild case of collectoris.

Great job! I love it!
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Man people on here have amazing tanks!
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:02 AM   #4
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I have 45 different species of plants in a 15g, you only have a mild case of collectoris.

Great job! I love it!
Who says I'm finished, lol? I have about 5 more species coming next week then I'm going to TRY to stop there. I'm going to get a 75-120g tank hopefully by next year. Then I'll shift the plant ocd into high gear lol.
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Lol, yeah. I have to resist the urge to get more plants because I have no space. Right now I think I am going to rip out some plants because they are taking up so much space.

Got any close-ups?
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:41 PM   #6
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Did someone say closeups? Please excuse the blurry pics though. I'm no photographer.

Pearling rotala macranda "green"


pogestemon stellatus "broad leaf"


Polygonum Kawagoeanum


blyxa japonica


didplis diandra


stargrass. This started from just a plant about the size of a quarter.


my lonely polygonum sau paulo stem.
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:39 AM   #7
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Nice, nice. I glad you finally put up a journal after all these years! You have such pretty tanks - why have you been holding out on us? A lot of those plants look strangely familiar.... Haha. How do you fertilize and what is your lighting parameters, duration and such? Tell us all.
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Old 05-08-2011, 01:17 AM   #8
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Well thank you Sara and yes the plants you gave me are doing very good!

Both tanks have 110w of CF over them though the bulbs are well over two years old. I have new GE 9325k bulbs on the way however the 29 is doing fine with the old ones. I might just wait till they die completely. I dose per EI schedules. Lights are on from 1pm to 10:30pm. CO2 and powerheads come on at 11:30am till 10pm.

I have the co2 going into the intake of the powerheads. In the 40g it then goes to a gravel vac end, which I know is a little unsightly but it works. In the 29 it goes from the powerhead to a converted hagen DIY co2 bottle with bio-balls inside then to a outflow on the opposite side of the tank. It works pretty good. I've had to turn down the co2 after installing it after my drop checker turned yellow. Here is a pic I took of it during leak testing.
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Nice DIY! I say use what works. The problem I am having right now is keeping the co2 consistent once the plants start to grow. I was about five seconds from buying the inline atomizer and found out it needs higher pressure than my co2 regulator will allow. Crud. So don't be surprised the next time we meet up for plants if I bring you a box of parts to help me build a co2 reactor that doesn't leak. Ha!

Thanks for sharing the parameters. You know, I really liked my compact fluorescent fixtures. I think the biggest mistake I made was switching over to the t5ho light too soon. Your tanks look so healthy! I've never seen Polygonum Kawagoeanum look so beautiful before. Great job!
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Took some more pics tonight. I forgot how much I loved to just sit and look into the tanks. I sat for a good hour just taking it all in lol.

Didiplis diandra starting to flower.

Stargrass is growing at a frightening pace lol. I forgot what a beast it is.


This is the same plant a month ago. It was a third of this size when I found it barely hanging on to life under guppy grass.


Rotala pearling nicely


One of my amano shrimp. These guys are about 4 years old!
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Looks great peyton. Your collectoritis can be easily fueled on here for sure
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:13 AM   #12
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Here is my low light 30g hex. It's seen better days. Like my other tanks it was neglected for several years. I have this one set up in the bedroom. Its stocked with rummy nose, guppys, a SAE, and countless cherry shrimp and snails. Plants are african fern, java fern, windelov java fern, anubias nana, crypt wendetii red. I do weekly 50%+ water changes and does kh2po4, k2so4, and traces once a week.




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Well it looks like the plants that I am sending you will have some nice tanks to go into. Plants look healthy and happy! Looks nice.
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Old 05-10-2011, 03:01 AM   #14
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you dont see many planted hex's, i dont know why because yours looks very nice.
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you dont see many planted hex's, i dont know why because yours looks very nice.
Agreed! Good job on the hex. those dudes are hard to light
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