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Discussion in 'Journals' started by SingAlongWithTsing, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. SingAlongWithTsing

    SingAlongWithTsing Junior Poster

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    moved the windelov from the right side of the tank to the branches. dunno if i like it yet, kinda also worry about it getting 300-350 par up there.
    there's also 1 or 2 stems of hygro pinnatifida up there, gonna see how red it gets from high light. it might end up replacing the windelov on the branches if it gets that canopy effect
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    right side now after mini rescape, the araguaia might come out for some other plant on
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    nasea gold looking good, added hygrophila pinnatifida and barclaya longifolia
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    micros were too high and made ar mini wavy, more experienced people confirmed this
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    gonna go back to low micros:
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    FTS:
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    Tank looks really good Tsing.

    Is operation moss wall still a go? That would be awesome.

    You got any top down pics from the surface?

    Dale
     
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    SingAlongWithTsing Junior Poster

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    thanks

    unfortunately project moss was has been delayed, haven't really decided what moss to go with. plus i might be re-plumbing the tank in the next few weeks, moving the outflow to the right corner and building some type of manifold for the return line and co2 to output.

    some top shots, need to figure out how to avoid the led glare
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    side shots too
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    that lil guppy might end up being moved to a different tank, dude keeps harassing the neon tetra for w/e reason
     
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    re-did the sump on tuesday, reduced co2 degassing, reduced the chance of water by passing the bio-media with the pond box

    CO2 drop by the end of day @ 80 cc/min: 8.2 -> 6.6, before renovation 8.2 -> 6.8.
    Gonna reduce CO2 a lil bit, I don't think I need a 1.6 drop lmao. Gonna try to get the pH to drop to 7 with in 2 hrs of the reactor turning on.

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    SingAlongWithTsing Junior Poster

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    August 23rd, 2017

    Ripped out a majority of the Bacopa Caroliniana on the left side
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    Replaced it with a mix of Limnophila Hippuroides and Alternantherea Reineckii Varigated, emersed forms from PearlingPlants. Separated the grouping with Mermaid Weed from @burr740
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    The Bacopa Caroliniana and Alternantherea Reineckii Varigated might swap places depending on how pink the Limnophila Hippuroides get.

    Hoping the Mermaid Weed turns a nice orange color in that area of the tank, should be close to 120 PAR at where it's planted.

    And yeah that's some plastic mesh on the wall. I might just use Monte Carlo, HC, or some type of Hydrocotyle for the wall after seeing this video


    Not sure sure what to with the Nesaea pedicellata Golden, kinda want to move it but it seems to like that spot in the tank
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    the Lagenandra Meeboldii Red seems to like that spot too
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    Upped Plantex CSM+B a lil bit due to a potential Mo deficiency with the Hygro Pinnatifda, added Fe Gluconate again in attempt to see if I can make the Ludwigia Perunesis a deep red like a few weeks ago
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    Still tempted to roll my own micros, mostly because I'm pretty sure the Fe EDTA isn't doing much at my pH range. not being able to increase the other micros without increasing Fe EDTA is also a pita

    FTS
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    SingAlongWithTsing Junior Poster

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    Switched to a recipe by burr740 about a month ago:
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    I've added a bit more Fe gluconate to test some stuff. Might end up switching the extra Gluconate to DPTA
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    AR Varigated is looking nice
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    AR Mini is still recovering form all the bs I put it through but it's doign a lot better with with burr's trace mix
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    No clue what this plant is but it grows stupid fast in my tank
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    Same plant just in a shadier spot of the tank
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    Favorite angle:
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  7. burr740

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    Side view looks sweet!

    You can speed things a long with the AR by going ahead and pinching all those older ratty leaves off. Be ruthless, it'll thank you.
     
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    removed the bolbitis for now, kept getting bba on it and the driftwood, co2 and fert flow is fine in that area but organics built up too much i guess:
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    barclaya red doing good finally, 2 more leaves should be opened in a couple of days i guess:
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    AR varigated doing good:
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    Ludwigia sp Red is dying for w/e reason post trim:
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    Hardware changes:
    Change the Cerges reactor output. Instead of it going in line to to the main pump's output it now goes into the main pump's "intake" / the tetra pond filter box.

    This is attached to the end of the out put and it faces down on the box. Helps direct co2 into the box, prevents it from blowing my pumice stone too much.
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    Plant Changes:
    Trimmed the Stauro, gonna try to expand the carpet.
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    Might look for a darker carpet to contrast with the stauro, I'm open to suggestions if anyone has any.

    Day Mode FTS
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    Nite Mode FTS
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    More Nite shots
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    Nice!

    Hygrophila araguaia would be a nice contrasting foreground plant
     
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    I tried araguaia in the past but it never took off for whatever reason. Might give it a go again since the micro dosing has changed
     
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    so i was looking through some old stuff (my reactor would occasionally be noisy) and I remember Tom mentioning an ozone contact cone for that 17ft tank he set up awhile back. I got curious and wanted one but when i saw the price i said "forget it, i'll try something that might hopefully work in a similar way"

    basing my idea off of this


    decided to use use a Perrier bottle instead of the 1" pipe exiting into a 2" pipe because I wasn't sure if a 1" x 2" Coupling would get the same effect

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    will it actually be more efficient than what we already use now? dunno, will probably find out tomorrow afternoon ~ nite
     
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    December 12th update:

    Might have to adjust my micro ratio dosages, might not have enough Zn. I'm pretty sure it isnt a K deficiency, I dose about 10 ppm 3x a week.

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    3 of the other leaves of that cryptocoryne are in similar condition, snipped off all the heavily damaged leaves

    lagenandra meeboldii red developing holes also
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    and the barclaya too
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    i doubt these guys are the culprit
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    new years (yeah i know, 1 week late lol) new problems. windelov looking a lil pale and the tips are transparent but it still pearls.

    dunno if its Fe or a Mg deficiency. Don't think Zinc or Boron could do this. anyone know if those Salt water Magnesium test kits work for freshwater?

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    still using this fert routine
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    Got to love it here.:)

    We are all aquatic geeks with our own spreadsheets.o_O
     
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    gotta keep track of stuff somehow right :D

    Quick video of day mode, just realized my tank is a year old lol
     
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    Boy that water is crystal clear!

    Unless Im missing something I dont see a problem with the java fern tips, they are normally transparent as it grows.

    Also I really like the Lagenandra sorta tucked underneath like that. Its subtle but very interesting when you see it.

    Are you dosing any gluconate, no from what I can tell? Just trying to figure out why some of that stauro is pale. Gluc used to do that to certain species in mine, for whatever reason
     
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    Owe it all to the 200 micron filter sock, pita to clean though lol

    oh, did not know that lol. i aways start freaking out a lil bit when leaves go transparent

    i don't dose gluconate anymore. yeah i don't understand why some of em are pale either, part of me thinks they might be some old tips/leaves that i never trimmed or they've been hella damaged somehow (back from when i was messing around with gluc). i tied a drop checker to a piece of plastic tubing and stabbed all over the substrate to check if co2 reached areas where i thought would be trouble spots but co2 did reach those areas ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    trimmed the tank today, maintenace took 8hrs today lol

    Before
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    After:
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    Pulled out this piece since it wasnt doing anythign for the scape, it was hidden between the buce hedge and lagenandera
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    so i did some math, Mg might be low for my tank.
    with of dGH 14 and dKH 11 I hsould have about 78.662584 Ca and 13.02037561 Mg

    formulas:
    Ca ppm = dKH*17.86*0.4004
    Mg ppm = ((17.86*dGH) - (2.5*Ca ppm)) / 4.1

    Ca is about 40.04% of CaCO3

    Too high of Ca can affect Mg, Boron, and P iirc. Gonna add about 6.98 ppm Mg weekly to see what happens. I have a good feeling about weekly total of 20 ppm Mg for w/e reason
     
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