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Old 03-18-2013, 05:57 PM   #1021
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oh? my azolla doesn't grow that quickly. probably because my tank is pretty heavily planted. My HM grows faster than the azolla, lol XD

My personal experience is that azolla dislikes flow. until it mats together anyway. the roots actually form little curls and cling to anything and everything XD but other than that, I love the stuff!
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:45 PM   #1022
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Maybe the flow part is your saving grace . I like Azolla too, but I won't try to use it again. At least, not when I want anything else in the water.

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oh? my azolla doesn't grow that quickly. probably because my tank is pretty heavily planted. My HM grows faster than the azolla, lol XD

My personal experience is that azolla dislikes flow. until it mats together anyway. the roots actually form little curls and cling to anything and everything XD but other than that, I love the stuff!
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:00 AM   #1023
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Maybe the flow part is your saving grace . I like Azolla too, but I won't try to use it again. At least, not when I want anything else in the water.
You said it 'fixes' the nitrate. What do you mean? And why would you not use it if you want something in the water? Could you just be more specific?
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:25 AM   #1024
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This is my first planted tank. it is a 30 gallon tank and has been running for about two months now. Sorry for the bad quality cell phone pictures. I dont have a very nice camera.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:44 AM   #1025
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Nitrogen fixation is the process of converting atmospheric nitrogen into another form (ammonia) such that it can be consumed by another process (food for plants). The decomposition of Azolla releases quite a bit of N as ammonia, so it is used as a "green manure". It's not necessarily beneficial in that aspect for fertilizing aquariums (unless you go about killing it and letting it decompose in your tank ... probably not desirable), but it also soaks up a lot of nutrients in the water column. It actually does this with a symbiotic relationship with a BGA species.

I wouldn't use it if I wanted something else in the water because, for me anyway, it was a pain to keep it contained. It shaded out everything underneath it and just spread. I wouldn't mind using it again in a shallow pool or something in a vivarium where that was the focus.

I'm probably biased as I discovered that I just don't like floating plants in the aquarium.

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Old 03-19-2013, 04:37 AM   #1026
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No I really appreciated your comment. The reasons you hate it are the reasons I want it 100x more now. + I love the way it looks + no roots. Lol.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:54 PM   #1027
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So, I traded some crypt for frogbit on reddit. The betta liked it so much he built his first ever bubble nest (the remains of which you can see stuck to the wall on the right.. big water change day >_<)
Love this tank. Can I ask what are the lush plants/crypts carpeting the tank directly below the floaters?
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:54 PM   #1028
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No I really appreciated your comment. The reasons you hate it are the reasons I want it 100x more now. + I love the way it looks + no roots. Lol.
was just about to do a ROAK. lol! wont be able to get around to shipping it until april though~ if you want some lmk
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:34 PM   #1029
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still fairly new but here's my low tech beauty in the works 8)
Laura i love ur tanks!

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was just about to do a ROAK. lol! wont be able to get around to shipping it until april though~ if you want some lmk
A very generous member just RAOK'd me some I'm excited to try it on my CRS tank.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #1031
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How do you keep the tank algae clear in a low tech environment?
This is a late response, but I keep thread/staghorn algae at bay by using Excel. I overdose, but I've never had any ill effect on any of the fauna in my tank. If I stop dosing for a while, that type of algae starts to grow. I keep GSA off of my leaves with olive nerites. For a time, my plants were getting pretty coated with it until I added a dozen of those snails. Neither otos or Excel did anything about that type of algae (although otos are good for diatoms.) The only drawback with nerites in my tank is that despite having hard water, their shells slowly degrade. I probably need to add a few back to my tank as I don't see as many in there now, and I'm starting to notice a bit of GSA on some leaves again.


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Old 03-23-2013, 07:28 AM   #1032
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still fairly new but here's my low tech beauty in the works 8)
Laura i love ur tanks!
What lights are those, and what bulbs are in them?
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:19 PM   #1034
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What is that on the right side of the tank? Some kind of sword?
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