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Old 06-21-2013, 02:57 AM   #151
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Would love to see a front shot of the entire tank without the riparium part to see the pretty crypts You could even do a left side, and then right side pic if its too long haha.
Here's what I've got most recently!




This is one single Anubais nana plant!




How are these? I'm not a very good photographer.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:52 PM   #152
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I noticed a female shrimp acting weird today. I did a five gallon(+1gallon top off) water change immediately. I tried to remove as much of the melted crypts as I could without doing any damage to the plants. Hopefully that will help.
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:26 PM   #153
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This tank has been doing fairly well. Well, at least the plants have been doing well! Some of the parva melted all the way back, it'll be interesting to see how many of the rhizomes survive and grow new leaves. Most of the parva that didn't fully melt away are already starting to put out a new leaf! Pretty cool. The Ruellia katie has been blooming nonstop for the last two weeks! I think four blooms at once is the most I've seen. The blooms last one day and then wilt and die.

On the shrimp side of things the tank seems to be all quite. Most of the time it seems as if there are only like five shrimp, until you sit down and start looking through the plants. That's about the time you notice there are shrimp hiding everywhere. There don't appear to be any berried females, but the plant mass has exploded over the last month. This makes it far more difficult to find shrimp in the shadows.

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Old 07-04-2013, 06:46 PM   #154
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Looking good. Where did u get the wandering jew?
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:40 PM   #155
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I got a dying pot of it off the clearance rack at lowes last summer. I split it up between this tank and a pot on my porch. I think I started with two small pieces in my HOB & one in the pot. It has done better outside in the sun...

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Old 07-04-2013, 08:42 PM   #156
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I was cruising lowes earlier. I have been looking for some locally but yeah it looks like its doing well outside
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #157
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Nice job blooming that 'Katie'! It looks really good. You must be feeding it well.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #158
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Nice job blooming that 'Katie'! It looks really good. You must be feeding it well.
Thanks man! I added a root tab to the planters a while back. The plants have really done well since then!
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:16 PM   #159
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you are still using the coralife light? 10000k or did u switch out the bulbs? Im jsut wondering as i like how high u have it hung and it still has good light at the substrate
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It is still the corallife t5ho with a 10,000k & 6700k bulbs.
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I feel like a haven't updated this in ages! Although its really only a few weeks! My summer biology course is massively kicking my A$$!! The plants in this tank have been flourishing! Almost all of the C. parva has thrown out at least one leaf and in many cases more then that! The growth rate has actually been quite surprising. Many of the parva plants that totally died off have come back with a leaf or two. I've only dosed Seachem Florish once in the last mont. I might have dosed Excel maybe three times. The Christmas Moss that covers the driftwood has exploded too! The large Anubias nana keeps throwing out a new leaf from two areas of the rhizome, a third section of the rhizome has turned off and is just starting to show where a new leaf is going to grow!

As far as the PFRs go, they seem to be steady, not breeding as much lately. I'm wondering if some of this has to do with the increased temp in the tank. During these hotter months I've not been able to keep the water temp below about 77-78*F. Since I planted all of the C. parva in the front of the tank, I have been placing my IAL into the back of the tank, underneath the rip planters. I think many of my shrimp spend lots of time back in this area, which is fairly dark and hard to see shrimp...

I'll try to share some pictures later today. I threw my back out yesterday, got a herniated disk, so I'm not functioning very quickly today...

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Here's a few shots of the blooming R. 'Katie'



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Ok, now I am jealous. That plant seems bigger then the tank, but the flowers look soo delicate. Let us know for how long the plant continue to bloom.

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Looking great, the flowers look awesome
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Ok, now I am jealous. That plant seems bigger then the tank, but the flowers look soo delicate. Let us know for how long the plant continue to bloom.

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Thanks! This plant really does take up the most room above the tank! It's starting to block out enough of the light that the two smaller stems of this same plant are starting to struggle!

I just went back to verify this, but the buds started forming the first week of June. With the exception of a few days there have consistently been open flowers since then! There doesn't seem to be any sign of slowing down! The flowers really are quite delicate, lasting only for a single day prior to wilting!
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