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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Give me a gauge?

I would like to know a little more about the diversity of core aquarium plant keeping intentions on TPT.

If there was a spectrum from 1 to 10 where

1 is an emphasis on Ecology with a Bonzai type approach to plant growth
and where
10 is an emphasis on Chemistry with a Commercial Greenhouse approach to plant growth

could you give me an indication where your approach would fall in this spectrum?

A simple number from 1-10 is fine, details are okay too. I am not really looking to explore the merits of different approaches but the current popularity and diversity within this cross section of hobbyists.

Thanks, your contribution is appreciated!
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I keep a lot of tanks with different conditions but I am most satisfied in the 2-3 range.
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1-3ish

I don't even own a test kit.
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I'm not sure how to fit myself into your scale. My intentions are to create and aquarium that is pleasing to look at. I am particularly enamored with the glowing greens that can be produce. I use dry ferts, which certainly fit into the chemistry department, and I do test often to make sure they are where they are supposed to be. My light is homemade and a little ugly, but works well, and I inject pressurized co2. I do care for all the life in my aquarium, though, even the snails that overpopulate from time to time.

Standard 10 Gallon (20 x12x12).
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Eheim 2211, and Aqueon Quietflow 10.
Finnex Stingray LED, 20" above substrate
2 Anubias Nana Petite, Christmas moss.
4 Halequin Rasborahs, 5 RCS.
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I'd certainly say your at the higher end of the scale
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hm... i think it's hard to put everything like this on a simple spectrum.

The lovely thing about this hobby is that everything, literally everything you do plays a part in a crazy balance. you balance mechanics with chemistry and chemistry with biology and biology with aesthetics and aesthetics with spending.

that being said, most of my tanks are either holding tanks or grow out tanks and i'm content having just one or two really small show tanks. The glowing greens are simply captivating, especially when you have them in a nice 'scape. At the same time, I realize that there is a science behind everything, which makes it all the more interesting and multidimensional.

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Okay maybe this helps.
1= really slow growth, complete hesitation to use any type of chemical a child should not handle, likely candidate for a natural tank (Think 1940 if that helps).
10= really fast growth, strong and dedicated advocate for powder chemicals and CO2, most problems require precise measurements, readings and tests.
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I have thousands of uncommon or original DIY designs in my Library and recently got on the 'net.
I posted one design that has been in constant use in several tanks since the early 1980's.
Not even a comment.
I would like to know if there are some under served areas that I would be inspired to contribute some designs or ideas to that would be appreciated, used or inspire other designs. Particularly to the beginner or slightly advanced enthusiast that is not on the opposite end of the spectrum as I am. I would like to make a positive contribution, not an invitation to criticism from those far removed from the intended applications.
I am returning to work soon so I would be unlikely to randomly contribute designs if there is little interest before I become completely involved again.
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A sensor that monitors in real time the water conditions: pH, temp, O2, CO2, Fe, NH3, NO3, TDS, etc. Flow rate and PAR would be a bonus. <$200 retail.

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I have thousands of uncommon or original DIY designs in my Library and recently got on the 'net.
I posted one design that has been in constant use in several tanks since the early 1980's.
Not even a comment.
I would like to know if there are some under served areas that I would be inspired to contribute some designs or ideas to that would be appreciated, used or inspire other designs. Particularly to the beginner or slightly advanced enthusiast that is not on the opposite end of the spectrum as I am. I would like to make a positive contribution, not an invitation to criticism from those far removed from the intended applications.
I am returning to work soon so I would be unlikely to randomly contribute designs if there is little interest before I become completely involved again.

Disregard.

L.A.K.E. passed away peacefully in front of his favorite aquarium late Friday evening after overcoming the odds for many years.

Rest In Peace
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Disregard.

L.A.K.E. passed away peacefully in front of his favorite aquarium late Friday evening after overcoming the odds for many years.

Rest In Peace
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God Bless.

Standard 10 Gallon (20 x12x12).
Low tech, Sand substrate.
Eheim 2211, and Aqueon Quietflow 10.
Finnex Stingray LED, 20" above substrate
2 Anubias Nana Petite, Christmas moss.
4 Halequin Rasborahs, 5 RCS.
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