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post #1081 of 1114 (permalink) Old 12-03-2020, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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10 x 4.5" ??



@Greggz is your 20" housing x 2.5" or x 4.5" ??

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This is the one I purchased and am using:

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Not much to report, but here is from post water change a few moments ago.



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Decided to drop my PO4 a bit. Been adding 6ppm to 50 gallon dosing, yank hovers around 5ppm. Dropped to dosing 4ppm in 50 gallons this week. Main reason is the GDA is starting to annoy me! Also it is winter so really gives me more time to see cause and effect of dosing.

Here is a pretty trim shot today- hood is open so only 3 bulbs shine down, and my room becomes blue due to the 420 shining on the ceiling!




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A few candid photos from the 75 and the 40 tonight of the inhabitants.

















Oh, and the hava fern trident doing its thing making baby plants. Some new growth from the rhizome too.




And I suppose a FTS... because, why not?

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I have some time off of work as we near the end of the year, and it has me taking a look at the 75 gallon a bit deeper.

The helanthium tenellum carpet is quite dense at this point in time... so dense that I believe the only next steps is to completely rip it out, thin it out, and replant. Each week I do vacuum it, and a ton of detritus comes out. I think it has reached a point that it is just holding too much, and too difficult to properly clean. There are some spots of nasty BBA popping up on the carpet, something I have never had before.

Then I look at the tank overall. I do like it, however, if you have been following my journal, you know by now that I like to change things up. Not sure exactly what I am thinking right now though. Do I keep some hardscape? Do I move back to no hardscape for the winter and really push the stems? Do I even keep the helanthium tenellum for the winter? It goes well with the hardscape, and I can run it for a few more months before I move to something else...

Anyways, decided to write down some of my thoughts and see where this takes me. What will probably happen is I start working on the tank, and then one thing will lead to another, and everything will end up out, and a full deep clean and rescape!
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If you think about it long enough, the answer will become clear.

Time for a bigger tank!!!


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If you think about it long enough, the answer will become clear.



Time for a bigger tank!!!
Well you know that this uses to be a journal for a 55 gallon!

Now, it has been 12 months, not sure I should make that swap just yet!

In all seriousness, though, I am not sure I would put more weight in the spot I have this tank, and due to the desk I have I cannot have a longer tank at the moment.

If my office were a concrete pad, I would absolutely go with 6ft 125 rainbow tank!

In the meantime, I'll keep thinking on how to change this around. The stems just have not been as impressive as they can be in this arrangement.
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A few pictures to demonstrate my thoughts...

Algae in the grass...





But the tiny leopard vall that popped back up looks amazing under this light!



Crypts getting large



Barclaya need to be thinned of some daughter plants. Maybe grow a few out?



Mermaid weed- saw a discussion on this in another thread. Mine is growing needle thin. Has not reached the top of the tank yet, so curious to see if the color will change.



And the overall FTS... just not coming together for me for some reason right now!

I think one issues is the Barclaya is way too centered. I'll need to find a way to offset it a bit, especially if I keep and island hardscape.

As always, love thoughts and feedback to help develop what is next!



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A few pictures to demonstrate my thoughts...

Algae in the grass...





But the tiny leopard vall that popped back up looks amazing under this light!



Crypts getting large



Barclaya need to be thinned of some daughter plants. Maybe grow a few out?



Mermaid weed- saw a discussion on this in another thread. Mine is growing needle thin. Has not reached the top of the tank yet, so curious to see if the color will change.



And the overall FTS... just not coming together for me for some reason right now!

I think one issues is the Barclaya is way too centered. I'll need to find a way to offset it a bit, especially if I keep and island hardscape.

As always, love thoughts and feedback to help develop what is next!



While I like the color of the Barclay's, I am in agreement with you about it being too centered. Especially if it was not your intention to have it be the focal point of your tank. I don't know about anyone else but my eyes naturally gravitate toward it. Maybe put it in the back, right corner. This will open up the left-center and entire left side of the tank for something else of decent size and color. Then again, I'm no scape master in FW tanks!

Overall, though, I still believe the tank looks great!

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I started something... more details to come soon. Take one at the rescape is settling in right now...

Barclaya has a TON of bulbs. I pulled a bunch off, and planted a few of them to see what happens! I am sure someone would be interested in them.





The crypts had a bunch of daughter plants as well. Thinned them out and still have a bunch left over that I just won't use.





And the carpet came up in very nice chunks. Really incredible just how much plant mass there was!









And here is the current situation. Will look (hopefuly) quite a bit different soon!

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I started something... more details to come soon. Take one at the rescape is settling in right now...

Barclaya has a TON of bulbs. I pulled a bunch off, and planted a few of them to see what happens! I am sure someone would be interested in them.





The crypts had a bunch of daughter plants as well. Thinned them out and still have a bunch left over that I just won't use.





And the carpet came up in very nice chunks. Really incredible just how much plant mass there was!









And here is the current situation. Will look (hopefuly) quite a bit different soon!

Gee, kind of looks like you have a good start for another tank. Like perhaps a 125g! I'm feeling I'll get agreement from @Greggz !

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LOL well that didn't take long.

Looks like the train has left the station!

Looking forward to seeing what comes next.
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LOL well that didn't take long.



Looks like the train has left the station!



Looking forward to seeing what comes next.
Haha right? Not long at all...

Here is where we are at for today. Still undecided on the full carpet going back, but I have a day or two to think about it.

Overall I am pretty pleased with what are little rearranging can do. Things will move a bit here and there still, and may add a few new things.












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Nighttime light vibes...




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I will say this - that carpet looked VERY well rooted. Must be doing something right :-)
New scape is looking pretty good
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