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Phishless 80G Journal

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

  1. Phishless

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    The Plants from the Pond:
    Update - The moss and hornwort removed previously.
    Ludwigia has grown a few inched but remains green in 75PAR.
    Lilies lost previous pads but new pads are growing.
    Believe the two grass/persicaria type plants are aquatic, both have roots and plenty of new growth.:D
    For a local pond trip not so bad.

    KH is coming down in the 33G.
    One more WC will get me @ 1KH, the target!:D

    Cleaned corner filter Poret foam, think it's been 6 months.
    This is too long for 30PPI foam, didn't realize the loss of flow over time.
    Didn't smell to good soaking in scalding hot water either.:(
    Phish or no phish didn't affect the smell nor the amount of debris in the foam.
    This will need to be a quarterly event from now on.

    Watching Cory's this eve and they are a work horse on the substrate.
    The algae in and around the Buce maybe relates to the fact it has gotten so dense they can't rummage around the plants?o_O
     
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    Evening All:
    Well I bought some phish, ain't that dumb! :rolleyes:
    4 - von rio tetras, red fins with 3 black stripes.
    Wanted a school but this is a test for now.
    Not the sharpest phish either, took several hours for them to find each other.
    They don't seem to mind the CO2 levels though.

    Kind of a new substitute since I can never find the shrimp!
    Not sure if I still have any shrimp??? o_O
     
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    lol at "not the sharpest fish..."
    Pics or it didnt happen! :p
     
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    New phish managed to find food @ the surface.
    Even while watching I found some shrimp moving about! :rolleyes:

    I just knew this would happen!
    Horrible pic, these little ba$tard$ are rather quick this eve!
    [​IMG]
     
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    Dump some Cory's in any tank, they drift to the bottom and sit still for say 5 minutes.
    Guessing they are consuming the volatility of the surrounding environment and off they go. :D

    These flame tetra/von rio as they were named are dumber than a sack of rocks from the start. :(
    Seems like they have it figured out now, but it took a few hours! o_O

    I was worried about the CO2 levels in the 80G but all seems well for them.
    Thus the reason I only came home with 4 of them.
    Transition was so easy I should have got a few more from the start.
    Maybe tomorrow I'll grab a few more since this worked out so well.

    Flame tetras were wild caught, asked LFS owner before purchasing.
    A bit worried there were a few dead ones in the LFS tank.
    After testing LFS water @ pH of 7.8 and NH3 reading of 2ppm, no wonder! :rolleyes:

    After being mostly phishless for quite some time and much water testing over the past year?
    A few schooling phish never hurt anyone, right? :D
     
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    If I didn't know better, I would say you are getting soft MG!

    What's next..........Rainbows??:D
     
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    Not unless I call them back from the "Free Lease" program!
    Do you need the "Ship To" address, I can PM this to you! :D
     
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    Rainbows = big phish = large poo. Not really my direction.

    After my filter cleaning during this past week I can afford to include many small phish.

    Honestly I could most likely support 12-18 small phish without altering fert dosing @ this time, I think?
     
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    What a weakness I have for plants!
    5 new species to experiment with.

    Ludwigia brevipes came home with the flame tetras.
    Never had this variety, some compare to arcuata? Will have to wait and see.

    Myrio tuberculatum an inch of growth in a week.
    New growth is good but old growth looks like hell.

    Mini Bolbitis a very different new texture for my tank.
    Want a small stand of this as an accent item around some reds.

    Lagenandra meeboldii red, my ain't this a real Hereford.
    Big leaves and a little melt, reminds me of crypts.

    Crypt Albida red, really it looks pink.
    Typical crypt melt going on with new leaves starting.

    Will try and take some pics this eve too!
     
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    Curious about that mini bolbitus.. What is the species a mini heudelotii?
     
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    I had some "mini" bolbitis that stayed mini for 6 months, leaves under 4" Then all of a sudden it became...not so mini. Thinking now its the regular version

    That Lagenandra is one of my favorites, great plant. Under your lights it should get a nice purple-pink shine to it, probably love that soil too
     
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    Yes I have been looking for a smaler version of some kind of bolbitus.. But the difformis get really weird looking submerged form. And al the ones ive heard about mini heudelotii are just growing big after a while or some get a bit smaller in diffrent conditions.. But if one can find some true mini sp that would be awesome..
     
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    An Update on Plants:

    Ludwigia brevipes growing with golden leaves and red tips.

    Myrio tuberculatum going strong and very red. Slower than other stems so far.

    Mini Bolbitis looks the same ???

    Lagenandra meeboldii red only 1 leaf lost to melt.
    It's in two tanks of very different water parameters.

    Crypt Albida red all leaves are gone, about 12 stumps remain with new sprigs starting.
    Typical crypt behavior in my soil tanks, many crypts I just clip all the leaves from the start.

    Some other plant behavior:

    Erio compressum is doing well but a slow grower still.
    3 clumps survived out of the original eight.
    When they mature some it should yield about 12 separate plants so far.

    Going camping tomorrow so everything is on auto-pilot.
     
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    I'll need to get some pics this week.
    Lagenandra meeboldii red is now melting like a crypt, guess it just took more time.
    Brevipes has spiked up and very deserving of a pic, seems like a nice plant.

    No pics and way too tired to think about it. :(
    Took my 2 year old grandson to horse camp for the weekend, talk about being worn out! :rolleyes:
    Didn't even take my horses, he'd be climbing all under them and my worry of him being trampled. :eek:
    I grow tired just watching him move about.o_O

    Can't remember who's growing d.diandra or whom I've sold it to.
    Really think this is a winning plant, extreme branching and a great effect.

    Time for another major sell off, getting out of control again.

    Night All:
     
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    I've got Diandra from you.

    Growing great and propagating well. Leaf structure is different than most, and I like it a lot.

    Looking forward to seeing some pics and what's going on in those farms.
     
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    You called it like it is, thanks for the reminder! :rolleyes:

    It's just not time for me to merge it all together.
    Still experiments going on and such!
    Would a 4th tank help? I'm not so sure. It could turn into a larger experiment.

    Many of you have phish that are a focal point.
    My phish are living well but are not the focal point, but they are well cared for.

    Time will tell.
     
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    All new phish are hanging in there.
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    People in DC don't drive well!
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    Aah one of my fav tetras if I didn't had kardinals already I would had bought these guys..
     
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    Nice, flame tetras?
     
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    Visited the pond again. Maybe one more time before the weather goes "South".
    No mermaid weed was found at this time.
    Found an old friend there, submerged parrot feather.
    [​IMG]

    Gutted my 33G long tank and replanted everything.
    80G tank has an algae issue now, all my fault.
    Too many plants, extreme density, not enough trimming.
    It's not bad by any means but not to my liking.

    For the most part over the last 6 months KH in both soil tanks has reached 3KH.
    Not my target of 1KH but I will continue until the goal is reached, slow road for me.

    Blue dream shrimp and RCS have not been seen in over a month?
    Nothing in there to eat them but have not been seen either?
    No ammonia spike but with this many plants it would never be detected.

    All phish are fine, handling the CO2 well, but LFS ran out of flame tetras.
    Wanted to get a few more seeing that they handle the CO2 rather well.

    Enough said until the next time!

    Night All!
     
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