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Phishless 80G Journal

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  1. Phishless

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    Not to sure about the brilliant part though!o_O

    About 70+ species of jungle mess.
    I rack it up as experiencing and experimenting with the growth habits of many plants.

    Thank you for the kind words though!
     
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    Good Evening All:

    Supposed to be camping. o_O
    Threat of severe rain!
    It showed it's ugly head, about 5" in less than an hour.
    Been running vacuum by the basement door for 45 minutes! :eek:

    Of course this all happens 20 minutes into me trimming plants for the eve.
    Fiber is out so I'm hot spotting with the phone! :rolleyes:
    Got one Brute can of RODI full before the first power outage.

    Trip to camp fell short while driving the big truck earlier today.
    Calipers in the front are sticking, vehicle work in the am tomorrow.

    Another new species been going on lately.
    Pogostemon sampsonii previously called pumilus.
    Has been grown from emersed stems, so far has yielded 6 primo stems in a plug.
    Another stem now resides in the front of my tank on a suction cup with 7 more baby plants growing.
    This "Pogo" resembles stellatus and Kimberly, don't know how it will color up in the end.

    Planning on pics this eve but now it's lights out time.
    At least I have power in the house.

    New to me is also gratiola viscidula.
    Green with a small leaf size, pic to follow soon.
    Seems very slow @ present, acclimation time? Not sure yet.

    Pics over the weekend for sure!

    Night All:
     
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    Good Evening All:

    Pics over the weekend did not happen.:(
    For anyone that has purchased plants from me, Thank You! :D

    Calipers are replaced and working on camper over the weekend.
    Fiber up and running early morn today, no more tethering from phone required.

    A new discovery this eve, buce in rear of the tank is severely loaded with clado.
    Need to pull all of this during the week and clean it up.

    Erio compressum has been floating for over a month.
    3 plants survived out of a total of eight.
    Possibly I damaged them or they just didn't make it.
    In the soil during the weekend waiting for more positive growth.

    Night All:
     
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    Evening All:

    Been trimming 8-10 species of plants every eve.
    Some quick growing things need to go!
    Somehow I still have 2 stems of AR and 1 stem of mermaid weed that has now turned into 4.
    Red stem myrio has to go too, 5-6" of growth per week is unacceptable. Although I have not put it in the lo-(CO2)-tech tank yet. This could be an option I suppose?

    The 33G is going to get a PAR increase, need to tune up from 75 to 100.
    Kimberly & stellatus would surely benefit from this.
    Ammannia senegalensis and r.magenta would appreciate this too.
    Might take one of the pucks up to 150 PAR and put the macrandra.japan under it and see how it goes.

    Night All:
     
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    Good Day All:

    Finally got out for some local collecting today. Patuxent Ponds Park.
    Several acres of ponds to examine while under a light drizzle.
    My daughter decided to travel along for the journey and enjoyed the trip just as much as me.
    Came home with several species and will post some pics later this eve.
    2nd place plotted for this journey I will have to get permission for entry.
    Do not enter signs and gunfire changed by mind of just driving on in! :D

    Tested water from this lush growing chunk of water.
    pH = 6.05
    TDS = 12
    Temp = 72
    GH = 0
    KH = 0
    Ca = 40ppm
    NH3/4 = .25ppm
    NO2 = 0
    NO3 = 0
    PO4 = 0
    Fe = 2.1ppm
    Kind of strange considering what we provide to our plants. o_O
     
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    Collecting Journey Patuxent Ponds:

    Exiting the vehicle:
    A small leaf lily blankets about 75% of both ponds.
    Rear pond was several acres in size, front one only about 1 acre.
    A small canal joined the two ponds.
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    While traveling around the ponds there were many side-shoots off into boggy areas.
    All of the boggy areas were extreme muck and very soft unlike the edges of the ponds.
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    A few primo lilies were in the ponds, not suitable for an aquarium.
    Very few of these were present, a smaller reddish stemmed lily dominated the ponds.
    This reddish lily grew in a rhizome fashion hopping around the pond, leaves about the size of a 50 cent piece @ max.
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    What I brought home!
    Some of the red stemmed lily, a ludwigia something, a fine leaf grass that looks like diandra maybe, a broader leafed grass that resembles a persicaria something, possibly a large variety of a fissidens, and submerged parrot feather that almost looks like a hornwort but positively ID'd from surface growth.
    All of these were found submerged while traveling around the pond, hope they are all aquatic.
    These were a real bear to clean up before going in the phishless tank.
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    A fissidens type of something maybe???
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    Overhead shot of planted items.
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    Some time will tell, so I will wait and check results.

    Need to go back with waders or deep boots.
    A red plant resides in the middle but have no idea what it may be, my daughter caught on to the red idea quick!
    3 big islands of it out in the middle.

    Should have planned on catching frogs, they were huge and who can pass up a great meal of frog legs! :D
    The frogs were large enough, I mean pie plate sized plus some.
    Two lizards were seen, brown skinks I believe, they were quick though.
    No snakes found anywhere, thought this to be rather strange.
    Our common water snakes always frequent these type of areas.
    No turtle to be found either? o_O Snails were not found either, but considering the water test maybe no wonder!

    Night All:
     
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    Great pics!

    Pogo pumi turned yellow...ish under about 50 par. Never put it under the big lights. It was too big for my tastes plus I didnt have as much room at the time. Think I gave it to han

    The term inch-a-day gets thrown around a lot but Myrio red is every bit of it, if not more. The bright side is it's a tough plant that doesnt care what you do with it. I let mine hit the surface then replant tops maybe 5-6" tall. It'll last about two weeks this way. Or if I sell it I'll leave the stumps which can go a little longer
     
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    Thanks Joe!

    Pumilus seems like higher PAR the nodes get closer and doesn't grow as quick.
    It reminds me of S.Bihar with big fat stems and crazy growth.

    Myrio red I have to let it go, yes it's an inch per day if not more!
    This plant deserves some time lapse photography!
     
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    Evening All:

    Still trimming 6-8 species per evening.
    It's almost not enough right now.

    New plants from the ponds have not disintegrated yet!

    Really thought my last sale thread would make a difference, not so much.
    Way too many plants at the present time.
    Tonight was the first time I tossed plants to the trash, not trimmings or bottoms.
    Seems like I do better selling a group of plants versus by the stem.
    Maybe a few groups @ rock bottom prices will get things thinned out.
    I've even been asked why my prices are so low for uncommon stems?
    I'd rather share than toss in the trash

    Cory's are happy doing their job.
    Shrimp, I'm not so sure, they are very hard to find now and were very plentiful at one time.
    Maybe I am destined to breed Cory's and not shrimp?

    Night All:
     
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    You're a member of high tech planted tanks group on fb right? You should join the quick auctions sub group (linked at the top). Auctions run for 48 hours or less

    These big trim packs would do well I think

    There's another auction group that's pretty good too, let me know if you want the name/link. This one has a minimum run time of 3 days.
     
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    Great post on the pond harvest.

    Really enjoyed it, and looking forward to seeing what they become.

    Very, very interesting indeed.
     
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    A new project:

    For those following I have complained in the past of surface scum in tanks with capped soil.
    Bought some small 12VDC pumps from Ebay ($5 each), these are going to make an in-tank skimmer.
    Tested this eve and for a mini pump it's got some ass to it! Less than 1/2 amp even.

    A small programmable $4 Home Depot timer to operate them, no need for continuous duty.
    The downside is the spray bar flow, these will need to be in the left front of the tank to catch all surface scum.
    Still day dreaming on a design for the pickup, it will contain a chunk of Poret foam to catch scum.
    Tomorrows trip home will include a Home Depot pit stop to examine some PVC items.
    Take them to work the following day and firm things up on the lathe and milling machine.
    Not sure if I should use a stainless hanger from the side or a suction cup to the glass???

    Regardless of aesthetics I won't be skimming with a Solo cup in the evenings. :D

    Great week to get things done, plenty of rain even through the weekend (no horseback riding) so why not work on a new project.

    I'll post some pics once I figure this out, maybe it will promote ideas for others!
     
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    I've had this group up on a tab in Microsoft Edge for 6 months, just attempted membership this eve.
    Whomever has the main pic for the group looks very familiar, reckon I have purchased plants from this individual before???
     
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    That's Mark Crow's old tank, he's one of the admins. He used to have a journal for it on tpt, user names was chalupabatman or something like that.

    Once you get in, the link for the auction site is pinned at the top. You can sell plants on the main group too of course. Either place would be a good way to unload your trimmings.

    Here's another good auction group

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1486201635025981/

    It's many of the same folks. I'd say they are equally active they just work a little differently. Both are good
     
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    Thought so, is on Aquabid too!
     
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    beautfiul looking plants.
     
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    Good Evening All:

    All text tonight and no pics! :(

    1st run @ a skimmer did not work, 2nd attempt maybe during this next week.
    I mean it worked but inlet flow needs modified, little 12VDC pump a little stronger than I expected.

    Tore my entire section of buce up yesterday evening.
    Theia blues reached the surface @ 16", cleaned and split it all up.

    Picked up 2 Matheson SS med-grade dual stage regulators from the bay.
    Broke them down yesterday and already found SS gauges for them.
    Existing gauges had electrical connections for instrumentation displays.
    Haven't found SS CGA320 stems and nuts yet, China is a long trip, I'm patient though.
    Need to look for some 12VDC solenoids with 1/4" NPT female ends, in time it will happen.
    Didn't really need these but stumbled upon a great deal and made an offer.
    In the end each regulator will end up being $100, can't argue this! :D

    Plants:
    Items from the pond have not melted! :D
    Have many with a positive ID now. Just waiting to see what happens.

    Been trimming some things every eve for @ least an hour.
    It's keeping things shorter but not really helping with quantity.

    Ammannia senegalensis growing extremely well.
    Pogo Heidelburg also trimmed and growing multiple tops right now.
    Not the fat stems I want yet but no signs of trouble.
    Syn belem with only 1 stem left. :( Still reducing my KH though.

    Shading is my biggest enemy as always.
    The enemy has been clado, easy to remove though.
    Front glass that has full exposure to the photo period never has algae. :rolleyes:
    Rear & side glass that is shaded gets some GSA.
    Strange how algae prospers in the shade more than direct light in my tank. o_O

    Good Night All:
     
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    Patuxent Ponds update
    The moss is not aquatic, must have just been in a flooded area I retrieved from.:(
    Lily is growing new pads that are only a quarter in size, no where near the surface yet.
    Other plants are growing but can't be sure yet.

    Ludwigia palustris is one of the plants growing green now, no longer red.
    But there is lots of new growth!

    What I thought was parrot feather is really hornwort.
    Off to the trash with this one, growing at an extreme rate though.

    A bit more time is needed for the rest.

    Not a trimming evening for me.
    Been in fuel, pesticides, roof coating, and who knows what else.
    All cleaned up now but it will just have to wait.

    Night All:
     
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    Good Evening All:

    Not much good going on my way.
    I've sold lots of plants over the last month and it really hasn't made a difference.
    People buy 2 of something so I send 6 but it's not helping much.
    The density is off the hook and I really want to create the fruit stand effect in my 80 frag tank.
    I've settled on the idea of two "streets" side by side, one green and one red.
    The "streets" will be L.cardinalis and Ammannia senegalensis.
    I'm just happy I have decided upon something for the future!

    The skimmer idea has not been modified or tested anymore this past week. :(

    New regulators now have appropriate gauges but stems/nuts are still not ordered. :(
    Damn this stuff is pricey, but I have time. The slow construction method as always!

    Plants are very happy so are the phish. :D
    Shrimp in the 80G are difficult to find, not sure if I even still have them? o_O

    Took the day off today and attended a GWAPA meeting.
    I purchased no plants. :D Sold a few though! :)
    Got to meet Karen Randall, observed her Borneo plant collecting trip via slide-show.
    Also purchased "Sunken Gardens", her new book that actually targets planted tanks from what I can tell so far(90 pages in).
    Think @ least 4 AGA members were there too!

    Feel sleep coming on!

    Night All:
     
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    Concentrated on trimming today. Trash can is loaded!
    Stayed home felt like crap, used trimming & filter cleaning as therapy.
    Some Pics:
    1 plug of lobelia cardinalis yielded much.
    Issue is there are 3 more plugs of it.
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    Ammannia senegalensis in the 75PAR side is coloring up.
    Leaves not looking too bad but needs higher PAR.
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    Found a few of these small snails sporting a nice tuft of BBA on their back.
    [​IMG]

    Speaking of BBA:
    All of the Buce I had flowering every month or so has been hit.
    Why, I floated some blyxa to get some roots going on and shading was apparently an issue.
    It can all come out and get cleaned up, not the first time for me.

    Night All:
     
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