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Old 11-07-2012, 02:43 PM   #136
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Nice new camera and HC growth! Can't wait to see the whole foreground filled with HC. Don't forget to trim and replant once it gets tall enough as it will fill in much faster that way. Small bunches of 3-4 stems tend to work the best IME if you have that option.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:21 PM   #137
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Beautiful Journal!

Can't wait to see that fluffy carpet of HC


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Old 11-07-2012, 03:22 PM   #138
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Thanks freph! I guess "new" is a relative term. When you say replant when it gets tall enough, do you mean trim the vertical growth and plant that? Or just split up the bunches as they grow out?I seem to notice that my vertical growth "converts" to horizontal runners when it gets tall enough...strange.
Thanks Mike I appreciate it!
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:23 PM   #139
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The vertical growth. It'll go horizontal naturally anyway and trimming just encourages that...but there's a fine line between trimming and overtrimming.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:25 PM   #140
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Yeah my bunches are just getting started so I think ill wait untill their more settled in before I start trimming.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:51 PM   #141
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Week Four Update
This week I saw increased HC growth, trimmed the background, and saw my first real algae outbreak. The algae is kind of stringy and green but I would call it hair algae, I guess I don't really know what it is. Still, none on the glass or in the pipes, just on my stones and HC.
This week I also got my new camera, and since I didn't have access to a digital, I just used some of my new film pictures for this update. This was my first roll, so I was still very much learning. I expect future photos to turn out much better, especially when I can get a macro lens!

Film is just cool.








I'm very excited about the potential film shows. Oh yeah, also, my whole rig cost $70, not $700.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:06 AM   #142
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Go HC go! Looks great man. Keep it up! Be very careful with spirogyra. Nuke it hard before it becomes a problem...manual removal and excel (double dose max, never more than that). That stuff can become very problematic very quickly.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:51 AM   #143
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Thanks for the warning freph. I'll spot treat with excel and manually remove. Good to know what it is.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:44 AM   #144
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tank is lookin real good... great shots too
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:10 AM   #145
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very dramatic rockwork. im digging it!
one thing that I would critique on though, is the lack of slope leading to the rocks. it looks as if the rocks were just place on top of the soil, rather than slowing being exposed to the water of years of erosion. just my cup of tea--feel free to throw it out.

excellent choice of plants and maximizing their characteristics to add overall scape. looking forward to seeing things grow in!
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:43 AM   #146
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tank is lookin real good... great shots too
Thanks for the compliments!

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very dramatic rockwork. im digging it!
one thing that I would critique on though, is the lack of slope leading to the rocks. it looks as if the rocks were just place on top of the soil, rather than slowing being exposed to the water of years of erosion. just my cup of tea--feel free to throw it out.

excellent choice of plants and maximizing their characteristics to add overall scape. looking forward to seeing things grow in!
Thank you for a very well thought out critique, I really enjoy it when members have constructive, eloquent ways of stating their opinion.
The lack of slope was one of my concerns; the 3l bag of Amazonia just wasn't quite enough, then what little slope I had was destroyed by the constant replanting of HC. So maybe now that it is settled in I can try to recapture it.
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:23 AM   #147
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i love the look of good film pictures and the ones you took look pretty good actually for you first time. the tank is also coming along quite nicely
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:00 PM   #148
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I agree, film has a very distinct look, I really like it. Since this roll I've got a couple more developed and got a few really good shots out in the natural light with my telephoto lens. Now were getting our first snow here in Minnesota so I have a whole new landscape to experiment with.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:20 PM   #149
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hey Hayden, just stopping by, the tank looks great!
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:42 AM   #150
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So, what speakers do you have?
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