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Old 05-27-2014, 04:48 AM   #181
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Do you have any of the tropica sunset you can part with?
Not at the moment, they are all still in transition from emersed to submerged. I got them out of one of the gel packs from petsmart for .50 lol. some were in pretty bad shape, but the majority were fine.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:25 AM   #182
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Quick update before bed.

I will take some pictures tomorrow and post tem later on.

Tank is doing ok, I lost all of my stems of ludwigia 'cuba' which is the first time my larger tank has not had at least one stem of it in there. Not sure why it did not like the tank, none of the other plants are different, water parameters are the same, everything is the same as it was with the last scape. The area it was in is now housing a small flame sword (until it starts to grow right, its the only other plant that is struggling) And a mass of what was labeled as "sunset crypt" from the gel packs at petsmart I got for .50 cents lol They look more like Cryptocoryne x willisii 'lucens' to me, which is NOT a problem at all lol, they are filling in nicely. My stellatus has now regained its growth and no plants are dropping lower leaves anymore which makes me VERY happy. I did put some bacopa Carolina in the spot where the cuba had been moved to before loosing it all. If I can find another stem plant that has a bit of differentiation from the other plants in the tank I will slowly start repacing the hygro sunset I have and minimize that to just a stem or so to keep in a corner. I got ahold of some Blyxa japonica and added that to the rear left of the tank, so far no great growth out of it, but I am guessing once it is settled it will pick up its pace.

I am still fighting green dust algae, I did have a problem with it in my 36g at one point so I know I just need to keep the tank clean, and it will eventually wear down.

The fraz stoffels sword is amazing. I think this one is one I will keep for years, and put in the next size tank I am working on some planning on (75g) which is still at least a year or so down the road.

on the Fish side of things. I think I posted last time that I lost my 5 year old Herbertaxelrodi male to a nasty nose infection. He started to bounce back in the Q tank, and then nose dived into death I have 4 new ones 2 male and 2 female from my LFS. hopefully they will be in next week, I will wait a week then go pick them up. They will spend at least a month in the Q-tank, and hopefully during the last week I will pop a breeding mop in and see if I can get some eggs.

Everyone else is still doing fine and are happy. I find eggs all over the plants during trimming time. Each specie has an area of the tank they go and breed lol.

That's it for now, just have to get some pictures to show.
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:18 AM   #183
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Alrighty, now is better than never lol. did my weekly water change yesterday and took some pics today. Tank is doing well. I still have GDA and some brown hair algae problems, but I wil get them sorted out eventually.

Well.. here are the pics to go along with the last update.







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Old 07-13-2014, 12:37 PM   #184
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Looking great Noah. It would be fun to see the sword in a 75! Hurry up!
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:39 AM   #185
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Looking great Noah. It would be fun to see the sword in a 75! Hurry up!
Well, the earliest we are able to list our house and sell for a bigger place is next spring, our current place needs a bunch of work to get the price we want for it. After we do move, then it will be saving my pennies to get a 75 gal up and running. I am wanting to see the sword in a 75g too! as it is now, I have to trim it fairly often since some of the leaves grow out the side and shade my other plants too much. You must be an early bird posting at 6:30 am lol
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I am always up early. I have a large sword in my own 40 and it needs more room really. Sends off lots of new plants and I really don't know what to do with them. I've been selling them at the monthly meeting auctions.
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Noah,
This is a great looking tank. I love your stocking options, the blues really stick out against the plants. Everything looks very healthy and happy. I am always a fan of non "overscaped" tanks. yours looks natural and beautiful! good job
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:05 AM   #188
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This is a great looking tank. I love your stocking options, the blues really stick out against the plants. Everything looks very healthy and happy. I am always a fan of non "overscaped" tanks. yours looks natural and beautiful! good job
Thanks. I generally let the plants do what they are going to do, and do some minor shape control with each trim. The fish seem to like it that way lol.


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I am always up early. I have a large sword in my own 40 and it needs more room really. Sends off lots of new plants and I really don't know what to do with them. I've been selling them at the monthly meeting auctions.
That's funny! I have not had any babies come out of the franz stoffels, but it tries to flower at least once per month.
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:14 AM   #189
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quick update. The tank is still running lol. Growth has been strained. I just cannot shake this dang algae. My co2 is up as high as the fish can tolerate. I am dosing EI pretty heavy (more than the normal dosage for a tank this size) And I have raised the lights up higher to see if I can stop it. So far no go. I am not sure which type it is either. The glass algae is def. green dust algae. The stuff growing on the plants is thick and slimy. I thought it could quite possibly be BGA, but it is GREEN, not blue green. which is confusing me. I plan on treating for it anyways just to see. I have several plants that are just not growing the way I want. Some stunting, some lower leave melting. So.... I am now not sure if it is co2, or light on some of the plants. My stellatus is doing Very well, my h.sunset is doing very well. The two swords are doing great, and the crypts are doing great. My staurgyn (sp.), lindrina var. bacopa, rotala rotundifolia green are doing poorly. Flow is good in the tank so I am at a loss at this point. I removed a bunch of dead plant matter, rearranged the plants a bit and we will see if things get back to a normal state.

Fish, all doing great. They are happy and healthy. I regularly see males and females laying eggs around the tank. With bows, the risk of hybridization is high So I never collect eggs directly from the tank, I pull a male and female to a breeding tank for more fish. The eggs of course do not survive in the main tank, they become omelets lol.

I did manage to get a few eggs from my m.pygmeaya, so I have a couple of fry growing in the breeding tank, and will move them to my flora probably in the next few weeks as they get large enough to be with my green neon tetras without being consumed. Hopefully there will be a couple of m.herbertaxelrodi mops coming at some point too, I would really like to have that species back in the tank. if not I will start stalking my LFS to see when they get some in.

I expect to be offering some fry of the herbertaxelrodi at some point if I do get mops to Colorado people.

I got a couple pictures to share. For some reason my cell camera, which is one of the top on the market does not do well with my tanks. It can take some incredible pictures both low light and normal outdoor light, but it has problems with the artificial lights above the tank so I have not gotten any I felt were good enough except these two lol.

So enjoy. These were taken after my water change, the stellatus was hacked back to grow from mid height. so everything is really short.



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