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Old 12-09-2012, 03:37 AM   #241
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Lol!, thanks STS!!

I found that they can tolerate, or at least "become tolerant of" Excel dosing. I have witnessed some leaves melt after the addition of Excel, but nothing serious or long-term. However, Excel was added 1.5 times greater than recommended to treat algae. At normal dosing (1 capful/ 50 gallons), there was no issue. But since I was finally getting nice leaves growing, the last thing I wanted to do was to push my luck and continue using it.

It happens frequently enough where I would suggest that it is more than just "anecdotal," though I am unfamiliar as to why this happens. This is more due to the fact that until recently, I had never used Excel to treat algae issues, and never researched the "why." I can't imagine that aldehydes are good for much of anything, though!

Tell you what: try overdosing with Excel and let me know what happens to those crypts? I'm not going to push my luck, though!

Thanks for asking though, and it's not a distraction, STS! Like the interaction and questions! You're always more than welcome to ask anything on the thread!
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:40 AM   #242
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What type of Buce is this? Your tank is looking fantastic man!

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:47 AM   #243
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Thanks Philip!! That is Buce "Achilles" Kalimantan.....it's quite a lovely plant! The flower it sprouted was about a little more than half the length of my pinky finger!
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:00 AM   #244
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Tank is looking great Don!

I like this shot.

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Old 12-09-2012, 04:11 AM   #245
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Wow this tank is turning into a beautiful setup and looks better with every new update. The new stones you added made a huge difference. I'm really liking the crypt 'metallic red'. I may have to give that a try some time.

How many Tek light fixtures are you putting over this tank again? You will love them. I have had many different lights and these are very nice. The only t5 fixture that would compare to these are the ATI's but plan on dropping some coin on them and for me I couldn't justify spending double what the Tek's cost just to have a dimming feature(although it would be nice).
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:16 PM   #246
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This is looking awesome now mate well done. You must be very happy.


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Old 12-09-2012, 06:17 PM   #247
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man Don, i don't even know what i have that i could trade you for a bario....besides my whole mantella tank...lol actually, i am currently waiting on my c. nurii 'pahang' and my c. x purpurea to throw runners. i think you have everything else i have, even c. zukalii...lol but i'm sure we'll come up with something
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:02 PM   #248
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I have to say Don that tank 2.0 rivals and even exceeds 1.0. The addition of the airplants above the water and as always the great looking plants in the tank just make this thing a great piece of art in an aquarium form.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:41 PM   #249
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Thank you, Devin! You can see what an impact the riparium plants have made in the set up! I feel it truly gives that "river bank" type of quality. They have also increased the humidity levels beneath them, and now I have a nice white fungus growing in places on the LFSphagnum. It's thin....I'm told that as long as it is "white," it's just an indicator of decent humidity levels.

Thank Ua Hua! Yes, I got one last awesome round from CraigThor, and another 25 lbs from PC1....I finally got the proportions to my liking. It was just going to take a while to get so much rock in there, so I just had to keep getting it piecemeal until I was happy with it.

The C. Metallic Red is wonderful!! It is a quick grower for a crypt, spreads easily, and colors up really well. Definitely one of my favorite plants in the tank right now! Let me know after New Year's, and I could probably just send one to you.

I'm putting two 8x54watt fixtures over the tank. I already received them, but I just need to put them up now. It might not happen until after the New Year, but it will happen soon! I would also LOVE a dimming feature, but it just isn't worth the cost of it. The two fixtures will give me a total of 16 bulbs, which should allow me to do a better "dawn and dusk" effect anyhow....it'll be good enough having four sets of four bulbs. I need to get my Red Sun bulbs this week too. That'll give me two red and two purple bulbs to put in, so the dusk effect should look pretty "trippy."

Alastair! Thank you kindly, Sir! I'm happy to see it progressing along nicely, even if there have been some minor algae issues along the way. I did a nice water change, did a little OD on the Excel, and increased the CO2 a bit more today as well. The thread algae is already decreasing in amount and in growth rate. I hope that's a positive sign. Never mind that I'll have a TON of leaves to trim off over the coming month or two, but I hope that at some point in the near future, things will be algae-free!!

Bill...It wouldn't have to be "aquatic" necessarily, and it would have to be equivalent in terms of $$'s anyhow. I'm just looking for some neat stuff, is all. Yes, I do have the zukalii too! Maybe something terrestrial or I'd be happy if your purpea throws off a few nice plantlets. Trust me....until Mack gets his stuff, very little of this will be traded or sold. I can afford taking out a few extra Red Metallics or Barios, maybe a few buce cuttings, but there is no rush! I have to make sure that Mack gets what he wants!!

Thank you Obakemono!! That's very kind of you to say...it makes the effort of doing it worthwhile for me, so I appreciate the compliments!! I'm not sure if it is quite there yet, but it has some great potential to exceed the last set up. Sure is nice to look at in those being comfy chairs, though!
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:02 PM   #250
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sorry, Don, i think we are on different wave lengths....lol i'm not looking to do anything until spring. too much stuff going on here
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:30 AM   #251
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Much more of a lurker than a poster, but just wanted to say that this tank is truly fantastic, have loved both iterations. Out of curiosity, since I don't believe you mentioned it, what kind of root tabs are you using in addition to everything else?

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Thanks Chris! The root tabs I used were Devin's GroSoil and GroHumate. Probably will need to order some more of those in January, come to think of it. They are the same ones that I used in my last set up. Osmocote makes a mess, and can create really weird coloration in plants. Cool colors, but weird nonetheless. Like my black limnophilia aromatica. That was interesting!
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:19 AM   #253
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it looks fantastic!!!!! WOW! the submersed section really filled it! you should put christmas lights on it, haha
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:06 PM   #254
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Your tank is very very unique!!!
I might miss it, but what is the purpose of those dry leaves you put in there, is this for creating blackwater. I notice there are more than 1 kind of leaves in there.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:01 PM   #255
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Hey, thanks a bunch Robert! Actually, if you are referring to the Staurogyne, I got a billion stems of it from Anthony, last Monday. That's helped! But the crypt growth is all me!!

Christmas lights aren't a bad idea! Lol! I will keep that in mind for next year! Lol!!

Junglefowl--- thank you! You got one of the reasons....yes the leaves release tannins which help keep the water a bit soft....but it really is mainly for keeping the water a bit darker. Just a touch.

Also, when the leaves get water logged and sink, my shrimp seem to enjoy nibbling on them. I just plain old like the appearance of them more than anything. My tank is big enough to not make it look too overdone, and I think that they tie in the upper part of the set up with the lower part of the set up.

Actually, the leaves in the pictures have all been oak leaves, so just one type. I did take them out today because they were probably going to start disintegrating next week, and I will be gone out of town. I did switch to using Indian Almond leaves today. I will post a few pics of it tonight or tomorrow.
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