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Phishless 80G Journal

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

  1. Greggz

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    Two things. Plant density needs to be managed, and your post demonstrates that. Great topic to be further discussed.

    And your comments on Phish..........you are getting soft my friend!

    Rainbows on the way soon..........................
     
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    Good Evening All:
    Pulled all ranunculus from the tank this eve, retained about 40 nodes, rest(120) to the trash.
    Talk about a stinking plant when runners go south!

    Neglect on my part, nothing extreme but it needs attention and a Sunday WC for sure.

    Trimming lots this eve but I know it won't be enough.
    Another sale thread in the making.

    Night All: back to trimming!
     
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    Some immediate results this am. No surface film today! :D
    The ranunculus had made so many runners it got out of hand.
    A leaf would ease it's way up between other plants, top would grow out over a week.
    Shading then rots everything under this large leaf that struggled to reach through another plant, including the runners.
    With all of this material gone surface film did not return today.

    1st This lack of maintenance on my part usually creates big wads of clado that is very easily removed.
    2nd If this occurs closer to the surface hair algae starts and will make a fine ball of slimy shitake. Toothbrush is only remedy here.
    3rd If the rotting materials make it to a high flow area BBA is the result. Not on plants but underside of spraybar is not pretty.
    Trimming has now allowed me to see the spraybar. :rolleyes:

    The moral is my failed maintenance has caused a tad bit of grief.

    Still have some primo plants growing out, but the density must be reduced.
    I've been observing this morning and actually think 75% of what's in the tank must go.
    Being greedy I want to keep 50% but in reality with the normal growth rate achieved in this tank 75% gone should be my target.

    When everything has the new found room I know it will require much maintenance until a certain level of shading is reached.
    I'll surely be keeping many of the slower growers if you know what I mean! o_O
     
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    Good Evening All:

    Auto Pilot starting tomorrow am for the tanks.:rolleyes:
    Feed the plants and phish this eve and all is good.
    I'll be home Sunday mid-day so no worries.
    Last big horse event of the season for me, with lots of rain Friday night.
    It will be a big mudhole and river crossings will be rough. o_O

    Still trimming several items every eve.
    Need to catch things close to the surface this eve.

    Surface film is still gone which is a very good thing. :D

    I read all of the posts with regards to fert adjustments with a grain of salt these days.o_O
    No offense to those involved but I'm just not going to chase things down to that level.
    Many plants like the soup I serve and a small few don't like it, I can live with that.
    My largest fert adjustment if it should really be called that is the lowering of KH.
    I've reached 3dKH now in all three tanks, the question is "Is there any improvement?"
    Want to answer yes. Several species show more growth even the quality of new growth is better.
    Mind you this is the only thing I have really changed in almost 9 months.
    My target is 1dKH and it will take a bit longer to get there.
    When reached I may try a few different species of plants.

    Stepping down from soapbox now. :D

    For those that remember my green water tank, the 75G.
    Going to ditch the SafeTSorb, Over time it has broken down and seems like mud under the surface.
    It is only a grow out tank and home to the Platy farm.
    Going to get containers with different soil mixes for the plants and just a bare glass bottom.
    Just not happy with containers I have found yet. Suggestions for a cheap container are welcome.

    Night All: Happy Trails! :D
     
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    Evening all:
    Auto-pilot went well for the weekend. :D
    Had to double dose EI yesterday eve, NO3 almost not detected, PO4 <1ppm but not zero.
    Guess I should dose more during the week? o_O
    Seems like every day about 3ppm of NO3 is consumed, PO4 cannot be predicted.
    PO4 has always been a roller coaster when I measure.

    A woman came by this morning to get some plants for her tank.
    I sent her home with a half gallon bag of stuff.
    Wouldn't even know I removed any plants.

    Surface film is now gone, decaying plant matter was causing this.
    Algae is disappearing, both green hair and clado about gone.

    All plants from "The Pond" are doing well.
    All have an ID except for persicaria, don't know and not a red variety.
    Possibly persicaria hydropiperoides.
    Others are parrot feather, ludwigia palustris, and murdannia keisak.
    Gratiola viscidula but can't remember if it came from the pond???

    Enough said: Night All.
     
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