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Those are some fantastic pictures, Linn! I really hope you get a bloom out of it!

Have you had to toss any of the new plants or are they all settling in pretty well?

Thank you Grobbins. Really hoping it flowers - would be spectacular!
As for the new plants....


01-Rotala mexicana gopias This plant got moved to her 40g. Very small leafed plant did not show up well in my tank.
02-Staurogyne purple This plants seems to be doing well - more vertical growth than 08
03-Ludwigia senegalensis Growing nicely. started out about 2" tall - now maybe 3" from the surface
04-Eriocaulon kannurense This plant melted within a few days. I left the stump but have not seen anything yet
05-Ludwigia curly tornado Very happy in my tank. Looking healthy
06-Hygrophila parawitota Also seems to be doing well. Not the fastest grower
07-Syngonanthus giant Doing very well. Already trimmed once
08-Stautogyne porto velho This version seem to be happier growing sideways along the substrate.
09-Tonina fluviatilis Wow - very happy. Made it almost to the surface and then I cut it in half. Will see how the stump grows back in.
10-Limnophila green wavy Doing well. Not fast but at least healty.
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Nothing overly stellar but I figured I would post something :-)


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Well, that was fun...
In the picture above I noticed thread algae. According to this article it could either be excess ammonia or organic waste. Ok - I have been trying to keep the tanks and filters pretty clean so I decided to test for ammonia. All 3 of my tanks tested 0.25ppm ammonia. WHAT?

So, that lead to a bunch of testing of my RO water, tap water, the distilled water I buy from the store that I fully trusted to be pure (see where I am going here?) and the various equipment I use to collect water samples which I assumed to be clean (never assume).

After many, many tests it was determined that my trusty sampling syringe (medical grade 10ml) was not as clean as I assumed. Also, the "high quality" distilled water I get from the store may not be as "quality" as I assumed.

Using proven - cleaned equipment I was able to consistently produce 0.0ppm ammonia tests of my RO water and tank water. Guess the end result is I need to keep my tanks / filters cleaner! Oh, and stop assuming!

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hmm. if I didn't know any better, I'd said you were "cleaning" your stuff in chlorine/chloramine laced tap water!

That ammonia kit isn't hard to register 0, I practically dip the tube into my tank, seal with my finger, measure out with my thumb on the top, and still get good results!

To see you go through such exacting scientific methods to get a clean reading is intriguing.

Then again, maybe my kit is bad

Good to see the tank doing well otherwise!
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Nothing overly stellar but I figured I would post something :-)
Were you able to remedy that hair algae? I'm battling with some myself. Curious to know what you are doing to eradicate it.
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I did the same thing using K2CO3 for K, just be aware it is hygroscopic. Mine picked up significant moisture being stored in the basement over summer. I believe it led to some problems under dosing K and led me to supplement with K2SO4.
Interesting that you would say this. I tested my RO water for K after adding enough to raise to 1dKH. The test picked up less than 5ppm of K. Should have around 14ppm. Has me scratching my head.
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@Squids - the hair algae in the wifes 40g has gotten better. In my case, the PO4 levels in her tank and my 75g tank were exceedingly high (think 15-20ppm). My guess is, as the plant health went down, the PO4 accumulated faster. GDA was getting worse also so I added a bit more PO4 but did not really "test" that closely for how much was accumulating in the tanks. Once I finally figured out, what I assume to be the problem, I lowered the PO4 level drastically thru water changes and now the plants seem much healthier.


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@Discusluv - thought I would give you a small update on the 20g low tech tank :-)
The existing "ketchup" shrimp seem to be doing just fine. At the moment, I can only see the one "mustard" but I am sure there are more of them in there :-)

FTS during water change


A little Ketchup...


And some nice mustard :-)


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@Discusluv - thought I would give you a small update on the 20g low tech tank :-)
The existing "ketchup" shrimp seem to be doing just fine. At the moment, I can only see the one "mustard" but I am sure there are more of them in there :-)

FTS during water change


A little Ketchup...


And some nice mustard :-)
Haha! Ketchup and mustard! Great combination
Well, if you dont see more mustards in next month- we can have another trade and ill send you more mature ones. The little ones I sent you might have been gobbled up by fish!
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Small update - been working on lowering my PO4 level from roughly 15ppm to 3 or 4ppm in the tank. My GSA algae issues have improved, and plant growth is definitely showing progress!
Thinking this weekend will involve a lot of trimming in both of the high tech tanks.
FTS from a couple days ago
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Been a little while since I updated this - figured it was time.
Probably the biggest change over the last month or so is how nice/healthy the wifes tank has become. For a period of time the B.Longifolia was hating life and now that I have given it a bit more room it seems to be very happy. The H. 53B, which tends to be finicy is now looking very happy as well. Go back a few years and I could not make Limnophila aromatica 'mini' happy to save my life. Now it also seems very happy.
Really need to thin out the Hygrophila Corymbosa Compacta to allow a better view of the Eriocaulon Sp Vietnam.


As for my tank, I have been moving a few things around - mostly on the left and center. Still a work in progress.


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Looks like it has been awhile since I updated this thread. And seeing as I am on vacation for the rest of the week - I suppose I should do something about my lack of updates :-)
Current FTS. Will probably add some bow pics and/or plant close up pics later today...
For my info... just before noon, Pro mode, F2.4, 1/15s, ISO 160


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Looking good. Nice update!


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Small update - I have a new favorite toy :-)
A little background; my RO holding tank is in the basement and the aquariums are in the main floor living room. The RO holding tank has a transfer pump in it which is controlled by a light switch located under the aquarium. The RO is pumped into a 10g storage tank that is also under the aquarium. The problem - I have over flowed the 10g storage tank more times than I can count :-(

Solution - some type of controller that will electronically control / interrupt the transfer pump before the 10g tank over flows...

The above controller from XPAqua (RO/DI Guardian) does exactly what I need - shuts off the power to the transfer pump when the water gets too high.


And the bonus - the controller plug lights up blue when it is powered up. If the water level gets too high, the quiet enough alarm sounds and the controller plug shuts off (blue light off).
When I am ready to fill the 10g tank again, I push the play button on the controller - blue light turns on - RO water begins transferring.

And of course - gotta have a plant pic. This is in the wifes tank...
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