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Old 04-18-2013, 09:01 PM   #31
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The water was pretty clear when i filled it up but few hours later when i woke up it was very cloudy. Could it be the manzanita branchs causing this? Its sand blasted ones i got from bloom and branchs and its forming fungus around it.
When will the fungus go away and water clear?
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:49 PM   #32
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It's typical. Like I said in your other post it's your cycle starting and is normal.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:15 AM   #33
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Day 4 since filling with water. Close view not very good for plants. Some melting. Some lost colors. Algae.
Far away looks peaceful.
Tomorrow co2 will be turned on. (Co2 indicator is very blue. Meaning low co2) Hopefully these plants come back to life.
Ferts wont be added til system is stabilized.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:36 AM   #34
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You have inspired me to attempt a more out of the box approach to my tank. I think it looks absolutely wonderful. The sand in the middle is the perfect touch and your selection of driftwood was a great one.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:52 AM   #35
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I tried combining multiple plant scapes to my taste. Overall im happy...
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:45 PM   #36
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That's a beautiful scape. I can't wait to see it fill in!
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:12 PM   #37
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:37 PM   #38
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looking good!
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:53 AM   #39
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What a 2weeks its been. I finally can see the light at the tunnel. Plants are showing bright green colors. And growing. Some a lot and others slow. But reds are growing more green ones at top. Is it light deficiency?

Do have minor algae issue and pest snails but i can deal with those later. Assasins and adding amano and nerites.
Just started to dose ferts. Co2 is finally at optimal level. Around 25ppm. I know 30 is but its close. Doing fishless cycle and nitrite has started to climb.

All hardwares are installed and working properly except i still need to add more lights.
I got another 4x54w t5 ho lights.
Question is should i add all 4 or just 2 more?
I dont want more algae problems due to too much light.
Again this is 265gal 7' long tank.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:25 AM   #40
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Looking really good, the effort is finally bearing fruit. I personally would wait on adding more light for now. Watch your colored stems for a week for the new growth. They are your indicator for the light level.

The path in the center is really cool, except the 100% straight lines. Does not look natural to me. Otherewise, well done.

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Old 05-01-2013, 10:23 AM   #41
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Well plants are growing. Some more than others.
Some hairy algae has covered a lot of the HCs. Any reason and remedy for it?
Lots of snails everywhere. Doesnt bother me now but may get some assassins later.
Ph is 6.8
In middle of cycle.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:28 AM   #42
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Looking really good, the effort is finally bearing fruit. I personally would wait on adding more light for now. Watch your colored stems for a week for the new growth. They are your indicator for the light level.

The path in the center is really cool, except the 100% straight lines. Does not look natural to me. Otherewise, well done.

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So how do i determine whether i need to add more lights or not based on colored plants?
My red ones are growing green leafs at top


Also found pearling going on.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:36 AM   #43
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I do not claim a scientific approach and, I am sure, others will pitch in (or out) with better ideas. There are enough people who grow beautiful color plants with a fraction of my PAR.

I grow a number of plants that I use as rough indicators.

Ludwigia sp. red has a reputation of growing red under even low-medium light.

Limnophilia aromatica is another plant whose coloration I find to be pretty linear to the amount of light it gets.

Rotala macrandra will either die or grow mostly green undrer medium light. It's leaf shape is another light indicator.

Ludwigia repens is an ideal plant as you can see the colors transition from bottom to top, especially in a deeper tank.

I am finding that the color of Rotala indica is apparently more spectrum then light intensity dependant.

Some plants exhibit a reverse behavior. For example, Ambulia is darker green and bustier undrer moderate light. In high light it is lighter green with longer internodes. E. tenellus is another example.

Before somebody screams, I am the first to admit that keeping water and other environmental properties even nearly identical across multiple tanks is not practical for me personally. And to discount the effects of different environments beside the PAR might be too simplistic. In other words, YMMV.

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Old 05-07-2013, 08:08 AM   #44
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Today i got all dither fish except 70 cardinals(to be picked up) into my QT tank.
Fish look healthy. Eating well.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:11 AM   #45
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