Burr740 I appreciate the response. I think this illustrates that like many things in life, the end result is often proportionate to the effort put in.Thanks man. Calling it photo shoots is funny. I have a cheap point and shoot that I barely know how to use. The most I ever do in preparation is wipe off the glass if it needs it.
But you are absolutely right, the shape of each group doesnt happen by accident. But it's more routine maintenance than prepping for a pic.
I do a little pruning most every day or two. Get in there with my hands for 5-10 minutes and pinch off ratty leaves, wayward sprouts, unwanted side shoots, that sort of thing. To me it's relaxing, a meditative activity. I enjoy doing it so it's not like a chore.
Then, on water change days there's always a few groups due for a major trim. Might be only one or two groups, or several.
Some things do better replanting the nice tops, some things do better mowed down. Whatever the case, you try to shape the group however you want it to grow out. So until its time to trim again, the group maintains the same basic shape, or at least heads in the direction you want.
Thanks Burr740....... I appreciate you torturing me with your FTS. My tank is always a jumbled mess of indecision. But in all seriousness, the tank is really looking just great!
You know Phil, I was actually thinking the same thing. My mermaid weed grows out of the tank in a few weeks. Burr I don't know if many understand the amount of trimming and the attention to detail that goes into your presentation......but I do. I gotta hand it to you, your discipline is pretty amazing.I dunno, the plants look nice and all, but they're so short they look like the plants in my goldfish tank. Why don't you grow them out? Wait..I bet you could grow some really dank "stuff" in there. Why don't you do that?
Burr740 I was hoping you can tell more about how you mix up your micro solution? We have the same size tank, and I've never made a solution. Right now I am dosing about .1 csmb, but may try a lower dosing. Occurs to me when you get that size of dose, measuring spoons aren't good for much.For the past year or so, the sweet spot for me seems to be around .01 - .015 csmb, and .01 - .02 dtpa.
My dosing bottles last 5 weeks. I usually tweak the dosage one way or the other and try it for the duration....still searching for the elusive sweet spot.
Thanks Burr740, just what I was looking for.Hot tap water + 5-10 ml of distilled vinegar. Add the vinegar, swirl it around a bit and let it sit while measuring the dry ferts.
The vinegar does two things; Acts as a mold retardant, and most importantly, it drops the PH way down to help preserve the chelators and various micro nutrients that become less effective at higher ph ranges.
Hence the reason to mix the water and vinegar first and let it sit for a minute or two.
Excel will keep the mold away but it doesnt help with PH. If your mixing water is over 6.5 or so, Id go with vinegar. My tap PH is ~7.7
Burr740 first of all it's always a pleasure to see new pics of your tank. It seems the only constant in your tank is change. It's always evolving, and I enjoy seeing what you are thinking and why you make the changes you do. It gives me inspiration to give my own presentation more thought (which it can sorely use!).Saxa currently doesnt really sell plants. He gives me stuff out of the goodness of his heart, and I try to return the favor when I can.
You can see his plants here
Going Dutch with Aquasoil - Aquarium Plants - Barr Report
Rotala Kill Tank - Aquarium Plants - Barr Report
Reading both threads is well worth the time. Tons and tons of great info scattered all through both
Funny you say that. I did exactly the same thing. Probably wasn't until about the third time that I read it that I really understood how little he was actually dosing. Thought surely that must be a typo or error.When I first started reading the 75 gallon journal, I thought there was a decimal error in his trace dosing. Turns out there wasn't. That was a turning point in my horticulture routine.
Burr great pictures. That 3000k bulb is interesting. What brand is the one you are using? I may have to put one into my mix.
Burr thanks for trying that out. I must say, I like that combination. Just ordered one of the Plantmax. From what I see I think it's a better combo than the Flora I have it paired with now. I bet it will also be good at bringing out the colors of my Rainbows.These are Plantmax brand. Hydropinic suppliers generally have them, probably have to google around a bit.
My last two light fixtures came with choice of bulbs and I always get a couple 3000Ks along with 6500Ks
Wow, not bad actually. First time Ive ever had just these two on. Amazing how they balance each other out.
That's very Burr740 of you.......and I might add a little mad scientist as well!!That interesting. When things are back to normal I may try experimenting (with a smaller fan) to see if it drops the temperature any, and if so, whether running it a couple degrees cooler has any positive affect