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Old 01-17-2012, 02:30 AM   #46
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thanx bro... i think its rotala nanjenshan, in a couple of weeks i should have a couple cuttings i can send your way

i love the blyxa japonica you sent me, idk if you can see it in the pic, but i found a perfect spot for them

ya i had to hack the limnophila in the back and remived my waluchi. cuz the base stems were bunched and weren't getting enough light.





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The Blyxa looks great, I am glad it made the trip. I would love some trimmings. I am growing out some super secret rotala for you btw. I think it is just some regular stuff but AFA in SF made it seem special and charged me $$$ for it. It has a blood red under any light. It looks like ludwigia glandulosa with smaller leaves. Basically ludwigia repens size leaves but that color, even in low light. I need to grow some more out before I do so. My favorite red plant so far.
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:08 PM   #47
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The Blyxa looks great, I am glad it made the trip. I would love some trimmings. I am growing out some super secret rotala for you btw. I think it is just some regular stuff but AFA in SF made it seem special and charged me $$$ for it. It has a blood red under any light. It looks like ludwigia glandulosa with smaller leaves. Basically ludwigia repens size leaves but that color, even in low light. I need to grow some more out before I do so. My favorite red plant so far.
those nanjenshan tops are urs man, probabbly trimming in a week or so i want to grow them to the top of the waterline so they look they're best post trim

i love super secret plants! lol i just purchased two rare stems from the APC forum. hope to plant then on thursday. maybe by the time we trade i'll have little clippings of these stems for you as well

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Old 01-20-2012, 01:15 AM   #48
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Progress 01-19-12

These stems just brought SEXY back into my planted tank!

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Old 01-20-2012, 01:35 AM   #49
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interesting leaf structure, beautiful.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:41 AM   #50
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interesting leaf structure, beautiful.
thanks lime, hopefully these guys will settle in my tank and grow like weeds! (even though technically i guess they are weeds lol)


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Old 01-22-2012, 12:02 PM   #51
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Progress 01-22-12, weekly maintenance

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As much as my fish love playing in the rotala forest...

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and temptation to let them get wild and see if the fish decide to spawn in there... i know my other super needy stems do not appreciate getting shaded and if left unchecked my rotalas will get super entangled and difficult to maintain uniformity in the long haul. problem is they LOVE getting hacked lol.

I am considering subtracting 10-15 main stems to thin the herd and give breathing room for the others.

don't worry Talon, i'm still propogating the r. nanjenshans. when they double i'll be sending their tops to you soon! (about 10 more days)

a view of the rotala tops, they're longer than they appear, most have reached the waterline and starting to shade the other plants... greedy weeds! lol

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i'm considering relocating the bunch to the back corner. not sure it will happen today though.

also do you guys notice how thick my diatoms are? its the only form of algae in the tank (aside from a little GSA on the glass) they just won't go away! any advice?



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Old 01-23-2012, 02:16 AM   #52
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also do you guys notice how thick my diatoms are? its the only form of algae in the tank (aside from a little GSA on the glass) they just won't go away! any advice?



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Thats diatoms!?! Are you sure? When I first looked it, I swore it was staghorn... You are talking about the stuff on the bottom?
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:23 AM   #53
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Thats diatoms!?! Are you sure? When I first looked it, I swore it was staghorn... You are talking about the stuff on the bottom?
That looks like staghorn to me as well. I can only see the pictures though, I can't say what it is.



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don't worry Talon, i'm still propogating the r. nanjenshans. when they double i'll be sending their tops to you soon! (about 10 more days)
Haha, I actual saw my email notification thinking....F**K, I hope he isn't sending me anything because I don't know where to put it yet lol. Take your time my dude. I have a good idea of what I want to do but the time is actually a good thing. Plus, the stems I want to hit you with will need more time than I thought to grow out.




That said...Your arrangement and colors look nice. I hope you aren't dealing with as bad of algae as it looks to me. I probably would turn your lights down if you can run one bulb at a time (sorry didn't read and don't want to mess my post up by going back lol). You may want to add the normal amount of excel to your next week and see what happens. It seems weird but I often find that excel works as good, if not way better when dealing with algae in a pressurized tank. Your ram looks amazing too, btw.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:56 PM   #54
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staghorn yikes! shows howuch i know... so turn down my lights? excel? i'll give it a shot. thank you


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Staghorns gains its unsightly powers of wreaking a tank from nutrient imbalance and low CO2 in the tank. You can help remove it by hand(big pain), water changes, increase CO2, bleach treatment, or balance the nutrients.
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Staghorns gains its unsightly powers of wreaking a tank from nutrient imbalance and low CO2 in the tank. You can help remove it by hand(big pain), water changes, increase CO2, bleach treatment, or balance the nutrients.
i'm crying inside the imbalance would be low co2... my plants are sucking all of it out of the water including any bicarbonates i have in the water column resulting in ultra soft water (pH6.0 KH <1) no matter how much i dose excel (20-25ml a day!)

it all makes sense to me now. I believe injecting co2 is the answer. i need it to keep up with my dosing/light regime.

for now i'll take talon's advice and kill one bulb and hope my excel can keep up. maknwar made me a blinged out dual stage reg that i am expecting end of the month.

thank you soo much for ID'ng me algae!

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That's not staghorn. It's loosely called brown hair algae, but that doesn't really matter. What does matter is that it's not too hard to get rid of. You don't need to treat it with anything intense. Just don't feed your rams for a while and they'll clean it up. I had a few plants I left out in the sun that were covered in this stuff- i just threw it into a tank of underfed angels and it was gone the next day. If you don't want to do that, you can just get a toothbrush and twirl it around to romove most of it. It's usually caused by the same things that cause diatoms.
thank you geezuz! i can deal with brown hair algae (for now) lol. still i accept there is an imbalance as with most algae issues.

again i am confident that i can eradicate this algae once i start gasing

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Progress 01-26-12

fts shot, one bulb on. still looks kind of bright. keeping an eye on the brown hair algae return :O
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Looks sweet man. I don't know why but I just noticed that your tank has black silicone. What brand is that? I like black silicone better than clear on regular, rimmed tanks, as they usually do a better job. On one of my 20 longs, I have more than 1/2 in past the joint.
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Looks sweet man. I don't know why but I just noticed that your tank has black silicone. What brand is that? I like black silicone better than clear on regular, rimmed tanks, as they usually do a better job. On one of my 20 longs, I have more than 1/2 in past the joint.
thanks bro...my 20L is made by Deep Blue Professional. I like their tanks because it seems they use thicker glass and a but more heavier duty than other standard tanks i've looked at.


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