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Old 01-06-2013, 09:28 PM   #16
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I moved the Ludwigia repens over to the back left and put the Rotala macrandra more into the rule of thirds spot. Next post will be a layout drawing of the plant locations.

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Old 01-06-2013, 09:36 PM   #17
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Zoomed in to the bottom of the stand and got freaked out by that cat face picture LOL

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:37 AM   #18
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Top-down layout for those who are curious.

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:43 AM   #19
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Nice! I can't wait to see this grow in!
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:31 PM   #20
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I will take a picture tomorrow before and after trimming when I do a waterchange.

I traded in 6 Angels and all the Congo tetras for 9 Corydoras schwartzi at a LFS. My wife was mad that I got rid of the double black angels, but they just didn't seem right in this tank.



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Old 01-13-2013, 05:25 PM   #21
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:12 PM   #22
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What kind of ferts are you dosing?
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:04 PM   #23
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What kind of ferts are you dosing?
Dry powder KNO3, KH2PO4, CSM+B. I run the phosphates low to the point of almost having green dust algae (aka running off of the Redfield Ratio). I also keep the Nitrates around 10 - 15ppm.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:07 AM   #24
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Cool.. im getting dry ferts tomorrow to start EI dosing.. Ive had troubles with Rotala Mac so far, and my deficiencies are def from my liquid dosing right now that is for sure..

Looking forward to seeing some of the plants I currently have explode with growth once i start the EI
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You might try Ludwigia red instead of L repens, that would give some nice added different coloration in the back corner.

Black floutite sand might be a better long term less messy sediment than ADa AS or Flourite.

Off to a good start

Let the macrandra top out on the surface for about 1 week, then trim.
This will yield nice branching and thicker better coloration etc.
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Wow! Love Dutch tanks! I'm kind of in the hodgepodge stage myself. I'll be waiting for updates! =]
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That looks fantastic! Nice job growing those plants. That is a cool enclosure, too.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:44 AM   #28
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You might try Ludwigia red instead of L repens, that would give some nice added different coloration in the back corner.

Black floutite sand might be a better long term less messy sediment than ADa AS or Flourite.

Off to a good start

Let the macrandra top out on the surface for about 1 week, then trim.
This will yield nice branching and thicker better coloration etc.
I currently have just under 2 bags of ADA AS under the 8 bags of Flourite Dark and from time to time I do notice some being pulled up when I move plants. I thought about going to straight sand like the NBAT standards require.

I will have to try that with the R. macrandra, thanks!

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Wow! Love Dutch tanks! I'm kind of in the hodgepodge stage myself. I'll be waiting for updates! =]
The messy stage doesn't last very long with stem plants.

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That looks fantastic! Nice job growing those plants. That is a cool enclosure, too.
Thanks! I got the tank custom made to be similar to Barr's 180g. Filter input/output on the bottom pane of glass via bulkheads. I want to build a new stand with doors and at the same time switch all the green Eheim tubing over to PVC and add a Cerge's reactor.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:07 AM   #29
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I currently have just under 2 bags of ADA AS under the 8 bags of Flourite Dark and from time to time I do notice some being pulled up when I move plants. I thought about going to straight sand like the NBAT standards require.
There are many specifics that the NBAT require, but do not look good also nor grow plants well. Some things can be corrected right before the judges come over that day, eg low nutrients. Sediment, not so much, get what looks good to you.

Sand is natural yes, but so is clay rice paddy soil which is what ADA AS is.
You will find more plants there, than in plain sand in natural systems.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:32 PM   #30
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Tank is coming along nicely!

What's the thickness of the glass?
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