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Old 09-03-2008, 10:27 PM   #16
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I wouldn't say that CO2 was the answer because all the ferns were in this tank prior and would grow OK. CO2 has helped with growth rate, algae control and just helps get that "more lush" look.

The right hand side of the tank is filled with Bolbitis Heudelotii but that's the first and 4th pic. Is that what you mean? The very dark green plant that is the entire RHS.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:20 PM   #17
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Yay! Finally someone else getting good growth with less than 1wpg! 2 of my 3 tanks are under 1wpg and growing wonderfully! Very low tech.....i've been tossing around the idea of DIY CO2.....your gorgeous tank may be my inspiration to try it! Though stuff grows so well i'm already pruning a lot so we'll see

Anyway, your tank is beautiful! What (if any) kinds of fish are in there now?
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:00 PM   #18
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Anyway, your tank is beautiful! What (if any) kinds of fish are in there now?
G'day Karackle,

Current this tank is stocked with 30 Ember tetra's and 2 species of Native Australian Shrimp. I put 30 of each shrimp (Chamelion & Red Nose) in and they seem to breeding pretty well. I've also got a lot of snails, I put 5 Waterhouse snails in and the others are hitchhikers.

I don't see the CO2 as a necessity at all, but I have found it helps. I'll have to check out some of your tanks. I'm a low light fan.

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Old 09-04-2008, 11:08 PM   #19
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WOW! With the exception of the clay pots, I find that tank to be absolutely gorgeous! And just so you know, the term "low-tech" means different things to different people... but I find DIY co2 to be very low-tech, so you still have my attention.

Just, wow!!
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:21 AM   #20
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G'Day FarCanal -

Ah tiny fish and shrimp, no wonder I didn't see them in the pictures! That sounds awesome!

Out of cursiosty (and totally off topic) what part of Australia are you from? I spent a semester in Australia and I miss it tons, being there made me feel like I'd been born in the wrong country
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Old 09-05-2008, 03:07 AM   #21
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G'Day FarCanal -

Ah tiny fish and shrimp, no wonder I didn't see them in the pictures! That sounds awesome!

Out of cursiosty (and totally off topic) what part of Australia are you from? I spent a semester in Australia and I miss it tons, being there made me feel like I'd been born in the wrong country
Mate I'm in Central Queensland on the coast, a town called Gladstone. Which part of Australia did you get to see?
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:30 PM   #22
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Just realized I never responded to this! This is really weird because I know the town of Gladstone! One of the good friends I made while I was there was from Gladstone and I spent about a week there with her family after the school year ended, what a crazy coincidence! While I was studying I was at James Cook in Townsville though, so that's where I spent the majority of my time.

Sorry though, I didn't mean to hijack your thread with chat about Aus!
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Old 09-11-2008, 07:41 PM   #23
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Love low light tanks! What is your Ph? I'm tyrying to find out how much ph affects the gowth of plants like Bolbitis and java ferns.
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:57 PM   #24
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I try and keep the PH around 6.8, bolbitis will get a black dis-coloration if kept above a Ph of 7.0. Out of the taps here the water is Ph 8.0.
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So do you use R/O water for your water changes? ph chemical adjuster? My ph is around 8.0 out of the tap also.
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I use the water from the tap, treat it with "Ph Down" powder and Seachem Prime and age the water anywhere from overnight to a week. I know the prime is not needed when ageing water but I'd prefer to take no chances.
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:27 AM   #27
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What a tank!! No words for it. What is your secret, co2, ferts?
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Old 09-13-2008, 10:15 AM   #28
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What a tank!! No words for it. What is your secret, co2, ferts?
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Yes I use one of those Red Sea DIY kits recommended for 60L (small) tanks which does about 1 bubble every 3 seconds. The only think is I now use a inline diffuser as it's more shrimp friendly. I did this tank without CO2 for quite a while but find it much easier for algae control with CO2. Haven't had to clean the glass in months.
Not sure about ferts, though.
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Old 09-13-2008, 10:54 AM   #29
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What a tank!! No words for it. What is your secret, co2, ferts?
Cheers. The CO2 as above. For the ferts I use 1 drop of a fert made here in Australia daily, Dino Pee. It's very similar to Seachem Flourish. And once or twice a week I add a single drop of trace. So ferts and CO2 are in very low doses, like the lighting.

The water in this tank is very clean, I have a HOB that would give me 4 to 6 times per hour turnover. I also have 2 eheim 2211 that together with the HOB would boost the turnover to around 12 times per hour. Bolbitis loves current! All the filters are 15% noodles 15% sponge + Eheim Substrat pro & JBL Micromec for the remaining 70%. The bulk of the filtration is top notch biological media. I think that makes a massive difference.

The substrate that isn't in pots is plain and gets gravel cleaned regularly. Each week I take out a 3rd of the plants and gravel clean under them. The following week a different third. Water changes are 20% weekly.

A tank I did before this was Java Fern only with plain substrate. It grew like mad with the same water change, gravel cleaning routine. It like bolbitis does the bulk of it's feeding through it's leaves and not it's roots. So for ferns I would always use high current clean water. The other plants in pots seem to like this treatment ....
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:36 AM   #30
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I like the idea to make every thing mobile.It looks like your having fun in that tank.
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