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Interesting to see Myriophyllum Roraima in there.

Mine grows over an inch a day! You must be trimming it several times a week???


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Interesting to see Myriophyllum Roraima in there.



Mine grows over an inch a day! You must be trimming it several times a week???
I don't know if it's going to be a long-term fixture in the tank, I won it from the local club. It's just too fast growing. But good Lord what a pretty plant!

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The reds it produces are amazing... I wonder if there's a way to just stunt that specific plant and let everything else grow

it's a weed!
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Got some bloody mary cherry shrimp and some black galaxy fishbone caridinas. I was only able to get a picture of the bloody mary because the caridinas are hiding (at least I hope they are, otherwise I wasted $50).



Glosso carpet is slowly coming in. The algae is dying back for the most part, though there is some BBA. I'm presuming this is due to how often I've been fiddling with the CO2.



I'm trying to get healthy but slow growth, and it's a narrow path. Most of the plants are on their way to that except the myrio Roraima which doubles in size every week. You can see how little growth there has been since last week.




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Got some bloody mary cherry shrimp and some black galaxy fishbone caridinas. I was only able to get a picture of the bloody mary because the caridinas are hiding (at least I hope they are, otherwise I wasted $50).

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Come on man, don't go cheap on the shrimp photos, LOL. I can't tell from that shot, maybe someone else can.


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@Asteroid these shots are for you, I tried to do a little better. I don't really want to break out the DSLR because I don't have a computer with an SD port at home, I have to take the card in to work to get any pictures off it. Promise I'll get some good ones when the carpet grows in more and the algae is under better control!

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@Asteroid these shots are for you, I tried to do a little better. I don't really want to break out the DSLR because I don't have a computer with an SD port at home, I have to take the card in to work to get any pictures off it. Promise I'll get some good ones when the carpet grows in more and the algae is under better control!
You better, LOL, thanks. I think it is a Blood Mary by the solid glassy red look, but @Zoidburg would know better than me.

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No real update today. I've been thinking about how easy and fun it is to just put plants where I like them, not push par, allow algae to grow where it wants...

I've been reminiscing on the Dutch-style journey and how unnecessarily stressed out I got about it. I was also looking through past pictures and realized that the final picture I submitted to the AGA was not when the tank looked best - if I was going to do it again, I would take pictures along the way and then choose my favorite. The biggest thing that kept me from doing that was getting the moss wall to look right. I think Burr has the right idea with anubias/buce walls, they are just lower effort since they grow slowly but are still pretty bulletproof.

Sometimes I take planted tanks way too seriously. It's nice to just relax, watch some pretty plants and fish, and remember that it can be a super relaxing, stress relieving hobby.
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Gorgeous blyxa! How's the living wall going?


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How do you like the chihiros light so far? Do you have any issues with the app or it getting too hot? Iíve been eyeing one of these or a twinstar 600s. How is the light spill on the chihiros? I know they sell shades for them but havenít seen many with the shades attached. Tank looks great! W

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Gorgeous blyxa! How's the living wall going?
Thanks! Not completely sure why it grows so red in this tank. I've sold it to other people in the area and it grows completely green, even under seemingly high light.

The living wall is going pretty well. I've added a lot of plants since I last posted here, and there has been some growth. Winter is not the best time to start a project like this since a lot of tropical plants go dormant in winter. It seems like I've got the watering down, now I just have to figure out fertilization.

I'm in the middle of a two week ski vacation, so the big test will be whether all my sensitive calatheas have survived!

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How do you like the chihiros light so far? Do you have any issues with the app or it getting too hot? Iíve been eyeing one of these or a twinstar 600s. How is the light spill on the chihiros? I know they sell shades for them but havenít seen many with the shades attached. Tank looks great! W
I like the Chihiros. I can only compare it to the Fluval 3.0 but the spread, color controls and aesthetics seem a lot better to me. I haven't had any heat or app issues. I'll admit it's not a super intuitive app but once I figured it out it at least performs consistently. I don't have any shades and it hasn't been an issue so far, but I imagine if you were going to hang it pendant-style you might want shades since it is super bright.


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I've been thinking about how easy and fun it is to just put plants where I like them, not push par, allow algae to grow where it wants...

I've been reminiscing on the Dutch-style journey and how unnecessarily stressed out I got about it. I was also looking through past pictures and realized that the final picture I submitted to the AGA was not when the tank looked best - if I was going to do it again, I would take pictures along the way and then choose my favorite. The biggest thing that kept me from doing that was getting the moss wall to look right. I think Burr has the right idea with anubias/buce walls, they are just lower effort since they grow slowly but are still pretty bulletproof.

Sometimes I take planted tanks way too seriously. It's nice to just relax, watch some pretty plants and fish, and remember that it can be a super relaxing, stress relieving hobby.
These are words of wisdom. I have come to the same conclusion. My other hobby is audio, which can also become obsessive to the point where you forget to listen to music. After watching so many YouTube videos with remarkable tanks one feels that they have failed if one's own tank cannot reach that high bar. It is easy to forget how much time and money these folks put in to keep their tank looking like that and also that they are often filming it at a peak, fleeting moment.

I now am concentrating on Buce/Anubias/Crypts ...and patience. At some point it is good to just sit and gaze at the tank like a person recovering from a fresh lobotomy...
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I like the Chihiros. I can only compare it to the Fluval 3.0 but the spread, color controls and aesthetics seem a lot better to me. I haven't had any heat or app issues. I'll admit it's not a super intuitive app but once I figured it out it at least performs consistently. I don't have any shades and it hasn't been an issue so far, but I imagine if you were going to hang it pendant-style you might want shades since it is super bright.
Awesome thanks for the info. Looking forward to the light as it will be replacing a Fluval 3.0 as well. All the best, w
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Everything looks a lot better than expected after so long away. The dying 53b leaves seem better, but it is turning a little pinkish which I haven't seen before.


Rotala "Green" looks good from the side but the top shows extensive pinholes. Not sure what it is- maybe micros? I dropped some osmocote balls in the soil next to it just in case. Hopefully it won't cause any issues with my shrimp.

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Finally, a FTS. I didn't do a large trim (except for the myrio Roraima), the rotala nanjenshan needs to be shaped.

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I just found 1 hole in my Rotala M Green.... Debating what it could be, maybe I haven't been adding enough Mg

how long has yours been like that?

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