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Riccia is a weed, but I tend this tank and seem motivated to do so.
If not, "ferr get about it".

It's a nice bright pearling whitish color like the Anubias but fine textured.
 

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Tom, what do you think is the best way to grow riccia emersed?
Throw in in a ditch that's normal fill with water in your area during the summer.
Wait.

I've seen it growing a few plants on grown in Florida when I lived there, it grows much faster if you add CO2 and ferts in the water.
 

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im in the aquatic plant cloaca of the world.
but i am planning a trip to volunteer at the aquarium. i'll check locals and see if its a possible nab. i'll let you know by this commign wednesday. if u can' wait that long its not a big deal
Weeds do not stop growing.

And I am patient, but persistent.
 

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Still have not decided what plant will go in the front section in the middle, but likely will try some E hydropiper again and perhaps HC./Mic umbrosum "Monte Carlo".
R. macrandra is in a serious need of a trim.

UG is starting to actively grow/fill back in. Seems to not do much for 4-8 weeks, then takes off.
Pantanal is shaping up better after a slight CO2 issue.

I've learned this tank is very touchy about CO2, mostly related to the very high light values.
I may slow things down and drop to 75% max output like the 180 Gallon.
The other idea is to add a dual pipe bean animal like CPR prefilter and this will help a fair amount on this tank.
I'll do this in a month or so.









 

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the plecos are nice

have u considered a bigger drain line instead of having a bean animal?
it functions on the same principle for noise. bigger drain line, less flow.
co2 savings doubled going from a 1 inch to a 1.5. noise was reduced. and you still get alll that turbulent water down the drain to help with gas exchange. for your size tank you may want to go with a 2 inch drain. but then again i don't know ur GPH. at 700 GPH this thing is smooth, but its upper limit is 750 which i have pushed, and it starts making noise, backing up, etc...
done with a CS150 box, and standpipe. vent tube and strainer does not work at that point. i went with a durso style standpipe but i oversized the holes. i did not need it for noise modification, more just height control.. its in my journal if u need to take a look

also, at what height is ur light fixture over the water surface? and how long do u run 100% i know its dimmed up and down, which im still waiting on a time lapse video :)
 

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the plecos are nice

have u considered a bigger drain line instead of having a bean animal?
it functions on the same principle for noise. bigger drain line, less flow.
co2 savings doubled going from a 1 inch to a 1.5. noise was reduced. and you still get alll that turbulent water down the drain to help with gas exchange. for your size tank you may want to go with a 2 inch drain. but then again i don't know ur GPH. at 700 GPH this thing is smooth, but its upper limit is 750 which i have pushed, and it starts making noise, backing up, etc...
done with a CS150 box, and standpipe. vent tube and strainer does not work at that point. i went with a durso style standpipe but i oversized the holes. i did not need it for noise modification, more just height control.. its in my journal if u need to take a look

also, at what height is ur light fixture over the water surface? and how long do u run 100% i know its dimmed up and down, which im still waiting on a time lapse video :)
Thanks for the info, always good to see/hear what changes effect CO2/noise.
I like the idea behind the bean animal and the adaptability.

So I can drill a small 1/2 bulkhead on the side for the emergency overflow, and then use the other 2 for the flow control. This way I can dial,it in, but you can do the same with the larger pipe, I just like to have an "oh crap emergency" for any flow constriction.

Bean animal overflow modifications are almost dead silent, and the CO2 lose is minimized.

Light height is about 18-20"
Time total is 8 hours, with a 1.5 hour ramp up from 0-100%, then a 1.5 ramp down at the end of the cycle. CO2 comes up with the lights, and shuts off about 30 minutes before the lights do at night.

I could have the lights come on 1.5 hours to 75%, and then for the next 5 hours, hit 100%, then 100-0% in the next 1.5 hours. This would match the typical CO2 climb ppm over the light intensity cycle.
 

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This is a fantastically beautiful tank. Very impressive coloration on the ludwigia. I haven't read through the entire post, but how do you dose the tank - and has your dosing regime changed over time?
 

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Thanks for the info, always good to see/hear what changes effect CO2/noise.
I like the idea behind the bean animal and the adaptability.

So I can drill a small 1/2 bulkhead on the side for the emergency overflow, and then use the other 2 for the flow control. This way I can dial,it in, but you can do the same with the larger pipe, I just like to have an "oh crap emergency" for any flow constriction.

Bean animal overflow modifications are almost dead silent, and the CO2 lose is minimized.

Light height is about 18-20"
Time total is 8 hours, with a 1.5 hour ramp up from 0-100%, then a 1.5 ramp down at the end of the cycle. CO2 comes up with the lights, and shuts off about 30 minutes before the lights do at night.

I could have the lights come on 1.5 hours to 75%, and then for the next 5 hours, hit 100%, then 100-0% in the next 1.5 hours. This would match the typical CO2 climb ppm over the light intensity cycle.
thanks for the light info! i'm still trying to dial mine in. im either too bright or too dim. i'm not such a big fan of the tek 6 bulb for this reason. 2 switches. 1 controls 2 bulbs, 1 controls the other 4 in the middle... it leaves a lot to be desired. but at least the output is decent.
 

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very nice as always! :)

super nice gold nugget pleco :)
Do they mess up your foreground at all? Or suck wood all day long? lol

Also whats the bright green plant under the gold nuggets?
Some sort of Myriophyllum ?
 

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very nice as always! :)

super nice gold nugget pleco :)
Do they mess up your foreground at all? Or suck wood all day long? lol

Also whats the bright green plant under the gold nuggets?
Some sort of Myriophyllum ?
Nah, it's Limnophilia gigantea
 

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This is a fantastically beautiful tank. Very impressive coloration on the ludwigia. I haven't read through the entire post, but how do you dose the tank - and has your dosing regime changed over time?
No, not really, CO2/light, that is where it is at.

I dose 15 ppm of KNO3 2-3x a week, PO4, about 5-6 ppm 2-3x a week, and then Gh booster after water changes, then traces 5-6x a week. Feed fish 2x a day.

Nothing complex or that would make a big difference either way.
CO2 and light make all the difference.
 

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I've learned this tank is very touchy about CO2, mostly related to the very high light values.
I may slow things down and drop to 75% max output like the 180 Gallon.
The other idea is to add a dual pipe bean animal like CPR prefilter and this will help a fair amount on this tank.
I'll do this in a month or so.
I'm noticing my CPR setup has the same issue of fluctuating CO2 levels depending on how the drain is operating. If there's a lot of gurgling it struggles to keep up. I had a hoffer gurgle buster style drain on it, but the snails kept messing with it so I reverted back to a DIY OEM style drain.

Do you think there's any extra reason to be cautious drilling an older overflow? Does the acrylic become more brittle with age? That's my hesitation in converting to a bean animal style.

Your tank's looking nice as always man. What happened to the EH? Did the fish mess with it too much?
 
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