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post #121 of 128 (permalink) Old 06-25-2020, 04:02 AM
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Tank looks really great! I don't know why, but I love blyxa japonica. I kept it in a tank for a while and it just worked. Love the bronzey/reddish tinge it can get if you manage to get light, CO2, and nutrients just right. One of those plants I've since had a really hard time getting a hold of after moving a few years back. Hopefully sometime soon... And in regards to the HC, I've personally grown to hate that plant, haha. I do hope you get yours to work out, cause it can look great, but I just don't want to deal with it anymore myself.

I love the little red/orange fish. I've got some ember tetras and that color really does great to pop out as they swim around the tank.

I hope to have an office tank that looks half as good as this in my new office, so great work!
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Hope to get a new tank (or two) up soon...
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post #122 of 128 (permalink) Old 06-25-2020, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. At one point, the Blyxa did turn reddish bronze as it was closer to the light, that was many journal entries ago. I had to hack it back as it was attached only by a stem.

Yes, I am huge fan of Blyxa and HC is annoying but wonderful plant. After the AGA, I think I am going to remove it permanently and find something less annoying or just leave the rock bare. Have not decided yet.

This tank has taken a long time to get to this point, but it's something I enjoy.

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For what it's worth i actually kind of like the tank without the hc mound. If you're going to leave it bare I think the foreground could use more of that rock.
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post #124 of 128 (permalink) Old 06-26-2020, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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You might be right on that.

I was thinking about that last night. I can keep the hairgrass trimmed a little lower. I will pick up some smaller stones and do some sample placements to see how I can get things to tie in.

HC is a nice plant but a pain in the backside.

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55 minute session Sunday

I managed the following:

  • Blyxa trim (as always)
  • Hygro trim (as always). Ensuring that the top leaves are not blocking water flow. Flow issues are having other consequences which I will discuss later on in this entry
  • Staurogyne trim. Once again, the Stauro has gotten leggy and started to spread. Trimmed what I could and plan to bounce it back again. This plant has a real delicate sweet spot when it comes to pruning
  • Hairgrass trim. Yes, again
  • Removal of HC. Yes, I have removed any trace (at least for what I can see, I am sure there are bits hanging out with the random pieces of Java Fern I find) from the tank. Reasoning below
  • Water change
  • Cleaned glass inside and outside
  • Moved the atomizer to the front left of the tank. Which I will also explain further down

Some changes. Let me explain:

The last few days I have noticed little "green tufts" amongst the Stauro and Blyxa. Low and behold, Staghorn Algae.

Why? CO2 Levels and Water flow. I will admit the Water/CO2 flow has been bad as of late, giving Staghorn Algae a chance to gain a foothold.

I did a capful of Excel and let the tank sit 10 minutes before filling it up. I will continue to dose Excel on the effected areas during the week to eradicate it. Once it is gone, I plan to stop Excel dosing and watch to see if it returns with my new CO2 circulation pattern.

Cutting back the leaves on the Hygro will enable more water flow around the tank like it had before. Going to see if I can get the Hygro to grow more compact in the process as I originally wanted.

To ensure more CO2 movement, I moved the atomizer to the front left of the tank, this way it has no choice to get pushed around the tank (before the Blyxa was impeding progress near the end of the week). Out amongst the Hairgrass, there will be nothing to block the CO2 bubbles.

Hopefully this will crank up the CO2 levels as well. These are the changes I am going to make and let the tank settle into it's new pace for the next month and track progress carefully.

Why did I remove the HC?

I have been getting advice about removing that mound and replace it with a few extra Seiryu stones. I was considering this as well (at least moving the HC), the addition of more stones (just enough to make a few soft changes) will go a long way.

Go figure, a few months before the contest and I am getting the "gotta change this bug". Sigh. Good news is that the Blyxa is as tall as the wood (Tree O Buce) again. Planning to continue to sculpt and shape the tank for the contest.

This weeks album, "Raised on Radio" by Journey. This was my favorite Journey album and also the only time I saw them in concert. The year was 1986.

Pictures this evening. Had my Pre-Canada Day/Fourth of July celebration yesterday. Since I am on vacation, I think I will visit the LFS today. I have plans to visit another really cool one on Friday.

Masks are mandatory in my part of the world, at least it helps with letting some businesses open. Besides, it has been a while. Need to be amongst rows and rows of fish!

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A day late but worth it. I think having the Atomizer at the front of the tank is better idea, I have noticed more CO2 saturation and distribution. Working on the flow now.

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Tanks lookin great! The column of plants in the middle is getting big!
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post #128 of 128 (permalink) Old 07-02-2020, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I refer to that section as the "Tree-O-Buce" as most of it is Bucephalandra kedagang with some Hygrophila pinnatifida mixed in at the top and right side.

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