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Discussion in 'Journals' started by bshenanagins, Aug 10, 2017.

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    IMG_2098.JPG IMG_2099.JPG IMG_2100.JPG Still looking good, one of two shrimps left of the 10 I bought. Petsmart casualties. And a nice shot of my lazy boy hanging out on the hydro japan.
     
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    IMG_2102.JPG Damn look at those clovers they are huge! Clearly plenty of nutrients in the water column for that nice growth.

    I should add that they are anchored down with lava rock and cotton thread, I could not figure out how to plant such thin stems. I separated it all from the mat I received it on and split them up.
     
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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg Just noticed a little bit of green algae on the glass today, gave it a quick wipe. My rotala is starting to shoot out some bushier growth just taking forever, however close to the base of where they are planted you can see new leaves sprouting which I think is pretty cool since very little light reaches that far. I think the hygro is hogging most of the nutrients because they are thriving and showing new leaves everyday. Ludwigia still growing but I lost most stems due to shading. Thinking of getting another couple stems because they are growing well directly under the light and excellent pink color under the leaves, just waiting until they reach the surface.
     
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    Okay things settled enough for pictures image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg Thank you petco for all the ludwigia I could find and only charging me $3...score. Didn't use all of it but hey more is better than less. Rearranged a little bit because as much as I love the hygro angustifolia it shades my light hungry reds. Moved it to the corner and shifted my rotala. Planted all the new ludwigia right under the filter and directly under the light. So much for just lettting everything get rooted I'm the master of disturbance. Just trying to find the right balance for everything and I really want the ludwigia to grow in because it will provide a nice contrast. Pictures later once the mess settles, pulled up a little dirt in the process.
     
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    Will say, Petco depending on where you live, is a somewhat really nice place. Where I live Petco is 1 of the 2 lfs' we have around here. (2 is an actual home business) Takes good care of its animals from what I have seen, fish, none are dead and if some die they take em' right out. Only 3 people work there its a small employee count but a good size shop. The guy who is the aquatic specialist near me is larry, he knows his stuff. He is in the fish hobby himself so I trust his information, and have actually double checked it, pretty accurate and you also have to take in account you learn "ways" to do things yourself so it wont match up with everyone elses information.
    Like discus in hard water, its possible.
    Good plant steals as well sometimes :) but my Petco has more fish variety than plants. Mine has like 5 types of plants and maybe 1 cool one every blue moon that someone buys before I grab it.
     
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    Yeah it's hit or miss wherever you go but I happened to just stop in one day and saw they had a ton of floating plants so two weeks later I come back and the same plants right where I left them lol it was destiny.
     
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    IMG_2111.JPG IMG_2112.JPG IMG_2113.JPG Took some more pics today, I'm gonna be bummed when this goes into the wife's classroom I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Sorry for the sideways pics I forgot I need to shoot landscape in order for them to show up right, damn iPhone.
     
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    I like it, other than the hygro being bunched up. Looks nice.
     
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    Which one?
     
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    Ah sorry.
    Hygro corybosa compacta I think is the one you have...
    img_2113-jpg.jpg
    one closest to the hydro japan.
     
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    Ahh yes, well I was tempted to split it but since it has taken off I've been compelled to just leave it be :rolleyes:
     
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    Usually how I go about things, if its doing good, leave it, if its bad, get involved.
    but then... you have the: how do I know it cant be better?
    deep...
     
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    True, however there is not a free location to split it to because the only open area is where I moved the rotala which I'd like to get as much light as possible since it's my slowest grower in the tank. But I do love that plant and I know how beautiful it can be when you split it up nicely and let it fill in. However the first time I ordered that plant it was really compact, this time around each pot I received was about 4-5" tall which I thought was odd.
     
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    IMG_2115.JPG Petco Ludwigia enjoying the light, starting to make its way to the top and growing nicely.
     
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    image.jpg image.jpg Played with the filter today and fashioned a surface skimmer. It's not done yet but figured I'd show the concept. Getting annoyed with the surface scum/proteins so I decided to make this to help combat it. Anyway once I get it the way I want I'll prob paint it black. Total cost ~$5 for materials
     
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    now that, is a good idea.
    What did you use to attach the pvc?
     
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    Nothing just slip fit, it's underwater so you don't need a water tight seal. I'm going to remove the bottom part of the intake though and just do a straight pvc pipe it'll look cleaner. The upper intake wouldn't fit perfectly since it's 1/2 inch pvc so I just grinded out the inside of the pvc until it would slip in. So far working great!
     
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    IMG_2143.JPG IMG_2144.JPG IMG_2142.JPG Is this a potassium issue? I've only noticed it on the hygrophila, not on the ludwigia, rotala, or hydro. I'm referring to the pinholes with the brown and yellow surrounding them.
     
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    IMG_2150.JPG IMG_2149.JPG Made a strainer with teeth instead and it now reaches the top of the tank. I have to set the filter intake to about less than halfway of suction to avoid air bubbles and noise but I have more than enough flow in the tank. Surface is scum free.
     
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    IMG_2151.JPG IMG_2152.JPG IMG_2153.JPG Some updated shots
     
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