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Phishless 80G Journal

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Phishless, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Phishless

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    My tank looks pristine this eve!
    Clarity of the maximum! :D
    Trimming really helps a planted tank by far.
    Need to test water since I'm slowly lowering KH.

    Not much too say but I need to get plant shipments ready for the am.
    I'm not looking forward to it though.
    Will need to clean corner filters this weekend, not fun.
    I now soak them in bleach solution and rinse well.
    Poret foam cleans up super good but when I'm ready to put it back in 200 shrimp are in that corner.:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
    I never really consider the BB since the plant load is so high and phish load so low.

    Night All:
     
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    Ludwigia alata is taking off, a bit slower than polycarpa but looks fair.
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    Good Evening All:

    Well I have been hearing nothing but crickets around here lately! :rolleyes:

    Battling bronchitis for over a week and finally got to plants last night.
    Gutted my 33G grow out tank, vac, 50% WC, front end macro dose and trimmed all the plugs of plants.
    A minor hair algae outbreak in this tank too.
    I move sellable items to the 75G and wait a week.
    Not sure if the SafeTSorb substrate or the Amano shrimp clean it up, but it works.

    My 80G frag tank is a mess, sort of.
    Lots of healthy plants and still experiments going on.

    Some pics this week for sure!

    Night All:
     
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    No pics yet, the wind is not in my sails! :D
    Moderate trimming, just sort of watching everything grow right now.

    New spraybar in the 75G, straight flow toward the front.

    33G hair algae removal with toothbrush and getting better too.

    80G just watching.
    Pulled a bunch of cypress helferi yesterday, what a deep rooted mess for a dirted tank!o_O
    This stuff grew into a monster, maybe not a keeper in the frag tank.
    Or maybe a few pieces only in the background???

    Night All:
     
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    I think I am whole again! :)

    Trimming is waiting for me.
    Lots going on, some small water changes/top-offs and some ferts, that's about it.
    Will need to get some pics of things soon.

    Night All:
     
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    Good Evening All:

    My tank is a train wreck due to the quantity of plants involved! o_O
    Cory's are fine and happy, shrimp have multiplied to the extreme.:)
    I'm not culling the shrimp they are what they are.:rolleyes:
    Many nice RCS and many nice blue dream, and the assortment of mud-bloods of whatever color they become!:eek:
    I never claimed to be a shrimp breeder.:D

    The big Buce is starting to get some clado here and there. This is easily cleaned up though.
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    Mini Catherinae has been a field of blooms lately
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    Star grass has finally adapted to my tank and went crazy.
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    Limnophila aromatica mini has prospered well. Thanks to @Greggz !
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    And some more of the mess @ hand!
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    Big sale soon I can't keep it all.

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    Evening All:

    Some observations from recent months.
    Anyone please feel free to comment with ideas and thoughts!

    75G with SafeTSorb, the cleaner tank.
    Always has a never ending light coat of diatom always going on, but!
    Plants usually end up here before sale, any algae is quickly removed.
    Is it the tank or the amano shrimp that clean things up?
    Any hair algae, BBA, or clado is gone within a week. Tank has never had GSA?
    60PAR @ sub, moderate CO2 and moderate EI dosing. WC of 25G every 3 months, RODI top offs always.

    My soil tanks, the 33 & 80 have me puzzled.
    While using tap water months ago initial start up produced a surface scum.
    This subsides after 2 or 3 months and all was good with tap water top offs and WC's.
    The purchase of my RODI changed things.
    Originally I was just topping off and no ill affects.
    Once I began using Colin's GH booster to reach 3GH for the top offs & WC's things got crazy.
    GH booster is put in the Brute can to raise GH from 0 to 3.
    When adding this re-mineralized water the surface scum re-appeared.
    Seems like something is precipitating from the added water?
     
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    I couldnt begin to diagnose a soil tank but isnt surface scum usually organic related? Assuming dirt has a high cec it's probably sucking a lot of Ca in from the GH booster. Maybe in the "exchange" something is releasing from the soil??
     
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    Well I'm back to RODI top offs and in a few days no surface scum?o_O
    Does my soil have a high CEC? Who really knows.

    Took my 20lb CO2 tank to work for a refill today.
    Not too bad, 20lbs handled 190 gallons worth of tanks(3) for 6 months about.:D
    Net cost of 20lb liquid refill is only $1.76

    It's a jungle but I'm trimming a little each eve.
    Big sale soon to relieve me of the chaos.
    It's a camping weekend coming up and I'll post something mid-next week I hope.
     
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    Good Evening All:
    Not much tank wise going on.
    Still having to skim some and add water, mini WC's on soil tanks.
    Trim what gets near the surface and call it a day.
    New pics by the end of the weekend, to include some overhead pics of certain plants I hope.

    Polycarpa has turned an extreme pink/orange color, sharp looking plant now.
    Alata looks great, healthy, but a way slower grower with high PAR. This is a good thing.
    Tornado has taken a long time to "like" my water but is starting to grow right.
    Buce is going for a second round of blooms right after the first. Usually a large pause between blooms.
    Rotala Vietnam IMHO is better than wallichii, but if under 110 PAR it is weak.

    Phish:
    Cory's are an awesome phish to have in a planted tank, I would highly recommend them.
    The amount of debris they stir up is amazing and it all seems to end up in the Poret foam.
    Little vacuuming is needed only in the rear of the tank where remnants settle.

    Simp:
    RCS & blue dream are constantly breeding and seem undisturbed by the Cory's.
    Amano simp in the 75 are a work horse by all means. They seem to eat anything.

    Snails:
    In all tanks they are on a huge decline, empty shells everywhere.
    Is this due to a decline in KH with the addition of RODI water.
    Targeting GH of 6 and KH of 1, a slow road since I don't change much water.
    Maybe I will be there in 2 more months, plants are liking the lower KH though.

    75G SafeTSorb:
    This tank is starting to get foggy again which means green water will be next.
    Will need to sell off all the Platy's before a substrate change to capped soil.
    End result will be green laser Cory's and 1 red tail shark.
    Possibly no substrate and just plantings in pots??? Opinions please?

    New Additions:
    2 new plants coming in next week.
    More to follow upon arrival and 48 hours of potential success.

    Night All:
     
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