continuation of: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12-tank-journals/1190914-kings-never-die.html
All you've seen in part 1 and looking me to continue from that time forget about it. I have totally different dimension
my hehe fire tank, 20 gallon long, this is the tank that gets the most maintainance, got my best plants, and gets most of
75 gallon filled 30-40% water, shallow water softwater mass produce tank
and my 56g frag tank, growing mosses and low light-moderate light
I've been into aquariums over 20+ years and i've only burnt out a few times. The key to not burning out? Some make sales,
communications, relating, relations. The internet and the social chat is a big huge reason why i don't burn out. The kush
moments of the tank get me so passionate. Theres a lot of different clicks and blends, then theres just whack jobs. I
got my sales, and i keep a close niche of people in some sort of realm of circle of bsing around and then plant talk. It
all keeps me enthused. When you burn out, your tank knows and starts to go south. My uncle on my mom's side came over to my
house and checked out my plants and I quote said, "Oh! They're breathing", this being said made me so happy and appreciative.
I swear, I've thought it, that I'd sell my soul for my planted tanks. Its my main focus in life, and i'm damn lazy. That
I would give up all the people around me, just for my planted tanks. In the past I ended up in the hospital and went
through a tough time, very tough, very depression type, first thing i did when I got out was go to the welding airgas
and swapped my tank cause I ran out of co2. Talk about whackos. But really, you've got to get a click in the game.
Its just very helpful and beneficial. We strive for each other. It sucks being lonely. It sucks just surviving. But its
just so damn good thriving. But what u do to thrive? ur drive, how much you want it, and who'd you'd stab over it.
Everyone's commenting and taking so much pleasure in being right, the scene socially is just weird. I'd rather post on a
forum where the postings are rather permanent, than on social media where it dissappears into the dust, search function
is not as great. But God, it feels good to get those likes. Support can make or break you. I see, oh i only got 1 like,
I feel like s* now. Oh I got 8 likes, bad ass. All temporary and all just moments.
A sort of maturation into the hobby. Things are much easier now. More laid back and more laxed. Knowledge and information
it just keeps coming. Don't worry if you get algae. The system gives u more chances, if not, redo the system. I've killed
so many fauna through the 20 years, also given good homes, but its just not right, how i get over things so fast. Thats
a weird condition of the brain I do not understand. A 6 year relationship and I could care less right after we break up.
Call me a robot? maybe, but I got heart too. Time to respect the fauna more than the flora. Or less I be reincarnated
into a beautiful syn tank as a panda loach and get gassed out. Down the line, if your co2 is too high even if your fish
are not gasping yet, it still takes it toll on them, they will die faster overtime. You look at all the signs, your fish
go up for air once in awhile, some do, some don't suppose to do that. But at the same time its the aesthetics of the fish
in which we may treat it differently. I've kept panda loaches (gassed), discus (got them breeding, unsuccessful, sold
after 3 attempt), severums (good homes), shrimp(good and bad), coruydoras (bred, unsuccessful raising fry), cardinals
(good homes), loaches (usually gassed), guppies platys and mollies and endles (good and bad), plecos (good and bad), galaxy
rasboras (good), those at the top of my head, so much more. In general with pets/animals I think its pretty balanced out
of giving heaven or hell.
I can grow a wide range of plants pretty well, but I always get bored so fast, mosses and syns are my most passionate
plants. I cannot grow reds, scratch that, I cannot get my pantanal deep red and down, its a plant thats a great contrast
with syns. I've grown a lot, melted a lot, killed many of species and yet I can't throw trims away, I just can't do it.
Here I am desecrating all these species, wasting high $, and I can't throw away a live plant. So it either gets sold or
given away. I can't grow rotala florida, sunset and any other within the realm. I can't grow downoi. I'm not gonna name
anything i haven't tried. Erios! I'm cursed, I get them growing good for a bit but everytime they melt on me. I'm really
starting to think its the substrate. Easy erios like malaytoor and such, I can grow, its mainly ball erios, the most
pretty ones mainly.
I really looked up to Barr and how well he grows plants. No secret to his success really. He's said all he's done by
now into the game. To take a tonina lotus blossom and snap it, it breaks like a stick, a erio with so much roots and so
fully grown I can't even plant it in 2" soil without it floating up, syn madeira looking like a pike, a weapon called a
pike, I was so fascinated by his plants. Everyone who thinks hes hiding something which he already said how to, I figured
the secret. Nowadays he recaps his soil. All it is, is feeding the plants. Feeding, pumping, and pumping, light light light
co2 co2 nutrients nutrients nutrients. High light photosynthesis, high co2, no need to fight each other to eat, high
nutrients. You know what, I've done the same, but not with erios. I got madeira stem to look like a pike, the stem of madeira
is really interesting, its thick not stem thin, and the leaves have no real rythmn to them. Tonina snaps, check. The way
I am I'll probably never be top grower eventhough i want to be. Oh and I forgot, feed feed feed plants, and reset, wc. The
reset water change allows you to keep on. Do over and over and over, mega plants.
I've spread a lot of myths about moss in the past. Ie Mosses do not need nutrients, without nutrients moss will grow
stringy, with, they grow in nice and thick. I've said they don't do well with co2 but they do. Man decades ago I was
selling mosses left and right and growing the snot out of them. Good flows good. When you tie or attach though, what
you really want to do is a thin layer of moss. It'll get you so much more far. In fact, if you tie your layers thick
the mosses fronds or whatever will compete and not grow as fast nor look as nice. That thin layer and growing it out
just looks divine. There are major players and minor players in the game. All you need is to obtain x1 of the plant
and you can control the sales game. You get that one and if your eager and determined enough you'll mass prop it and
take control all the awhile the other guy is selling. A buddy of mine rarez, plays it really smart, hoarding bbw and
matto grasso, no one will ever take over, nor take his place, well not unless he dies or something. I'm coming to begin
to know that all plants are weedy, in this time. TAke any slow grower, after initial adjustment, they all boom off
after a period of time. If not, the plants just not for survival. Plants will fight, but I'll show you a picture of
some tonina in its natural environment. The plants just not made for survival, its bound to go extinct.
Just a little bit of what it all about. #synpassion
Main "Fire" Tank
20 gallon long
Lighting: Beamswork fspec da x2, 30", set currently at 7 (for brightness) both led fixtures.
co2: mr aqua turbo reactor 400
water: pure ro
remin: lowkeys gh booster, just a few drops
Mass syn produce tank
75 gallon shallow water tank. Tank is filled to about 40%
internal filter with built in uv
co2 mr aqua 400 reactor
amazonia soil, old, aged
water is pure ro
remineralization with lowkeys gh booster
aquasky light 48" x1
Frag moss tank
light is a ati fixture, 6 bulb, but I drop the light in the water and now 2 sockets are shorted out, no matter what bulb i put
malaya, africana, and chinese crap soil capped
pure ro water or water from other tanks upon water changes of other tanks
wet dry filter
cerges co2 reactor