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post #196 of 249 (permalink) Old 03-26-2019, 01:44 PM
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Too late for the overflow, but I have had better success with Plasti Dip. Krylon Fusion always peeled for me. Plasti Dip has stayed better looking longer.
I'm thinking now of using dark window tint and black fabric mesh to help hide it. Hopefully, though, the Ludwigia just grows up in front of it.

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Perhaps next time you could investigate some black glass? I know people say acrylic doesn't adhere to glass as well or something, but I'm certain it's better than painting and struggling.
I love the UG mounds. That's going to look stella when it's grown in!


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Perhaps next time you could investigate some black glass? I know people say acrylic doesn't adhere to glass as well or something, but I'm certain it's better than painting and struggling.
I love the UG mounds. That's going to look stella when it's grown in!
My local glass shop doesn't carry black glass . I had asked about it, but all they was a smoke grey. In retrospect, that would have been a better choice. Oh well.

Anyway, the Ludwigia is here! I'm a bit annoyed as I ordered the thermal bag and heat pack, and they just didn't send it. Plants look OK. They are even pearling, but time will tell I suppose.

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Awesome build you've got there, looks like someone has owned a reef tank in the past..

You're going to have a meadow of UG real soon, such a cool carpeting plant that isn't used very often. I gotta try it next scape.


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Awesome build you've got there, looks like someone has owned a reef tank in the past..

You're going to have a meadow of UG real soon, such a cool carpeting plant that isn't used very often. I gotta try it next scape.
Several, yes. It's always easy to pick us out

I'm definitely seeing the UG getting closer to a carpet. It's really doing well. It has a crazy shallow root system, so I have to be careful during water changes. I've pulled up a couple mounds. But a large chunk of it in the back has really grown together nicely. It's really cool stuff.


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Ludwigia perked up and seems happy:



Still a bit annoyed that I payed extra for a thermal bag and heat pack, but didn't get it.
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Tank's looking pretty awesome! I think your hardscape really gives a good sense of depth/scale. Excited to see the Ludwigia fill in a little bit more.
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The tops of the Ludwigia are turning a nice bright red:

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Wow thats some fast growth lol
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Wow thats some fast growth lol
It does seem pretty happy.
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Looking good..................now go get your scissors sharpened! You are going to need them.
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I know it hasn't been all that long yet, but do you have anything you wish you'd built differently? Aside from the difficulty of finding black glass.
For example, I was thinking I'd try putting the valve assemblies on the overflow system underneath, farther down the overflow pipes. They seem like they'd be a bit hard to reach if I ever wanted to, unless I could easily reach over and around to the far side of the tank.

I'd imagine with the way this overflow drain is built, it wouldn't just be silent, it would off-gas very little CO2 compared to a typical overflow which splashes all around inside the drain pipe, mixing with air as it goes.

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