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Old 02-23-2013, 04:49 AM   #406
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Joshua--Well, thank you very much for the kind words!! I'll be on the lookout for your forthcoming journal, then!! What type of crypts are you going to use? More common ones, or more of the rare species?

More common ones to start although I do plan on getting some nurii, some rosanervig, and flamingo's been on my list for a long time. I'd also love some aponogetifolia. Soo many to think of haha. Ill probably start common and head in that direction eventually. Those new buce plants look kinda cool too. We will see! Maybe Ill buy some of your buce babes if they grow enough
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:29 AM   #407
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Good luck getting that Flamingo, Josh....I've been looking for a viable way to get it as well for months and months....nurii isn't all that challenging....I would probably get some of that along with some of the "common" ones, which are equally as nice. Green Gecko and Florida Sunset are all really nice crypts; I really like red wendtii as well.

We'll see how the buce's turn out. They are growing at a faster rate now, and I'm hoping that I can just leave them alone for a while and just let them grow out and fill in. They seem to do better if you let them do their thing instead of splitting them apart. Should have plenty of clippings....eventually.

Here are some cool shots of my Ant Plant that bloomed for me on Friday morning; it has a neat flower!:







Here's a nice pic of it that I took with my iPhone last night:


Also, my Ludwigia alata has sent a runner....very weird! I'll try to get better shots of it tomorrow after I turn of the pumps and filters:

First, this is Ludwigia alata, for those who aren't familiar with it:


Here is the runner going across my Seriyu stone:
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:59 AM   #408
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Nice job growing that stuff Don!

That bloom looks like a Cirrhopetalum/Bulbophyllum orchid, not an ant plant.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:05 AM   #409
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First, this is Ludwigia alata, for those who aren't familiar with it:
One of my favorites! Looks awesome.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:40 AM   #410
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I'm sorry, HD. Were you born on some distant planet? This looks Plain Jane to you?:



Beautiful!
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:02 PM   #411
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I seriously could look at this tank for hours... I love the close up photos, the lighting the fog it's like i am getting a close up look to some kind of Amazon jungle!

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Old 02-24-2013, 04:01 PM   #412
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Devin, you are right....it is a Bulbophyllum orchid. It has sent the flower out and had intertwined itself amongst the leaves of the ant plant. See? I still have PLENTY to learn! Thanks for the correction!!! I guess my orchids HAVE flowered for me now! lol!

Thanks Philip! It's really taking off....never seen it creep and throw a runner before! Cool stuff!

Saxtonhill! That's not mine! I wish! That's what I want!!!

Thank you as always, NWA Planted! I love cranking that mist up in the morning and watching it pour over the sides of the tank. I don't usually go that high, as it does run through a solid two gallons of water in a day, which is a bit much. But, it does help the plants and certainly adds an element of ambiance to the set up!
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:02 AM   #413
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I agree. I could go through hours staring at your tank, Don. So peaceful, so colourful and serene. I love the close up photos!

Do you think you'll venture into other bulbs? I'm wondering if getting a ge starcoat would help my colours pop a bit more. Or any other bulbs, really.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:38 AM   #414
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Thanks buddy!! Your system has really perked up quite a bit! Very nice job...you should be proud of your persistence!

As "luck" would have it, one of my Giesemann's burned out, and I do plan on taking Tom's advice and trying a Starcoat to replace it. Why not, you know? . I do like my Giesemann's but it's worth trying out a different white. I will see how that goes.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:14 AM   #415
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Here's that Ludwigia alata runner I had mentioned. To me, this is pretty cool...I've never known a Ludwigia species to throw a runner before.



Here's a pic of my Cobalt Blue....I need to try to get some Macro shots of him tomorrow.
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Post #410 is crazy cool.

Where do we get those. Is that the "flamingo"

Who owns that?
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That is the Flamingo, in theory. There don't seem to be too many pictures of it online, and it isn't available commercially in the United States. All specimens that come in from overseas are in tissue culture gels, and the plants hardly ever make it. The ones that do are incredibly small and petite, and look nothing like the picture above. It may be a doctored photo....I've only seen very few pictures that look "legit" to me. I think that it comes from stores in Germany....but Tropica may offer it by now.

You want them? You better get ready to pony up the cash! There is one seller that will ship here, but only in bulk quantities. I was in on a deal for it last year in a group buy; spent about $100 and got nothing. Most plants died in transit, and the ones that remained slightly alive were kept by the arranger of the deal. Worked out pretty nice for him, I guess.

By the way, that spathe still has not melted yet!! Although, I expect that it will. It has gotten any taller from what I can tell, and I think that'll be the end of the story this time.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:29 AM   #418
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That is the Flamingo, in theory. There don't seem to be too many pictures of it online, and it isn't available commercially in the United States. All specimens that come in from overseas are in tissue culture gels, and the plants hardly ever make it. The ones that do are incredibly small and petite, and look nothing like the picture above. It may be a doctored photo....I've only seen very few pictures that look "legit" to me. I think that it comes from stores in Germany....but Tropica may offer it by now.

You want them? You better get ready to pony up the cash! There is one seller that will ship here, but only in bulk quantities. I was in on a deal for it last year in a group buy; spent about $100 and got nothing. Most plants died in transit, and the ones that remained slightly alive were kept by the arranger of the deal. Worked out pretty nice for him, I guess.

By the way, that spathe still has not melted yet!! Although, I expect that it will. It has gotten any taller from what I can tell, and I think that'll be the end of the story this time.
That particular picture of C. cordata (?) "Flamingo" has several variants on the web, with different amounts of color correction. It's hard to say what the actual plant looks like, and it's already hard to know what "actual colors" are with Cryptocorynes anyway. With that said, I want to give it a shot and will probably be in the next wave attempting it.

Tank is looking great as always!

I was curious about your "ant plant bloom" as well, it definitely looked like a Bulbophyllum when I first saw it.
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Yes, yes....like I admitted, I still have much to learn both above and below the waterline. maybe a little more above than below it. The flower had intertwined itself around the ant plant, and I'd also in the very middle of the tank, so without a step stool to trace the flower back to the orchid, from what I could tell it was originating from the the ant plant.

Please go for it, Dev! I hope that you guys are successful this time around and can start spreading this species around. The color seems to be relatively true "flamingo pink," but it's the size that has always been a little disappointing. Most seem to get as big as a quarter, or so.
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It's been a little while, so I've taken EXTRA pictures!

Not much to report. I'm trying to slowly get rid of the Staurogyne in favor of letting the true dwarf Sagittaria take over as the foreground. I will also likely need to get some floaters again. The amount of light is great, but I'm starting to get GSA on my crypts and buces; I'll need something to shade the bottom a bit.

Also, I'm currently having the backgrounds made for my tanks. Once that is done, I should be able to start a new journal for the other tank I have going on. The purpose of the backgrounds is to hide the lighting cords. I can't "stands" them anymore.

I'll add pics over the course of a few days. Thanks for looking and feel free to comment of make suggestions!

Front, bottom Only:


Right Oblique:


Hygro corymbosa flower....just for you, Devin!:


Left Side:


Closer:


...and Closer:


"Bario" patch, Anubia, and Buce Emerald Carpet....you can see the GSA issues:


....especially on the Anubias nana:


Metallic Red patch recovering....:


Macro of a flower from one of my Tillandsia:


Top Left Side:


Closer in:


Nice picture of the Floscopa scandens and Ludwigia grandulosa x palustris hybrid:


Nice shot of the whole system:


That's it for now. Thanks guys!
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