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Old 02-07-2015, 04:47 AM   #7461
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Been crazy busy.

Today was a little bit of fun though. Did pwc for DD on 46G bowfront (DD with broken elbow) and cleaned out about a gallon bag of Java Moss from every nook and cranny including hiding in the middle of the "DW" deco and under all rocks and DW pieces. She put on the rocks and DW on top of the clumps all trying to keep it contained, instead caused about half of it to degrade and muck up the water. Put all the moss and tiny floating plants into a cylinder vase to keep it alive and cleared the intake of mossy bits on the AC110 to clean it up. Added EXTRA Prime.

Went to the Colorado Aquarium Society meeting, met a new friend, had fun learning about and seeing pics for all types of Apistogramma from Mike Wise. Wow, there are some dedicated fish hunter/discoverers, keepers and breeders. Amazing fish.

Bought some plants and got 4 new Rainbow Emperor Tetras Nematobrycon lacortei offspring from some which were collected from South America which Mike Wise brought in to share in the auction. They are young still and I hope to grow them up into very beautiful specimens. Will get some pics in the next couple days.

Angel pair #2 spawned night before on the slate rock and Angel pair #1 started cleaning their side of the tank so I hurried up and put their favorite Anubias back in there from the QT tank and presto, tonight, new eggs. Both bunches look really good.
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Old 02-07-2015, 11:25 AM   #7462
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I'll try to circle back in a few weeks. I did notice today that the purigen was already a little darker than yesterday.
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Thanks stoker, Nigelk said he can see a difference, see how yours go, my tank is pretty clear without it.
The purigen's been running a full week now and I can see a difference. My water was clear to begin with, so it's not as noticeable from the sides of the glass. Where I really notice the difference is when I look from the top down. The clarity that I get looking at the bottom substrate, plants and fish is amazing.
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Old 02-08-2015, 06:26 PM   #7463
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60 % clean on my elephant nose tank, added a new sponge to the filter. Fed him bloodworm and he had a blanched pea that I put in for the shrimp!
Fed spinach and spirulina powder to my vampire shrimp.

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Old 02-08-2015, 07:07 PM   #7464
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Got my 3"x5" mat of java fern today! First time ordering plants (or anything living) online. Great transaction on eBay...

Look really good and healthy, don't plant, fix to bog wood or rock as you may know, use fishing line...
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10 gal water change on my 29. Followed with dosing of leafzone, comp, and iron. Also trimmed one wisteria stem...it had finally gotten to long for me.



Rearranged things in the 10 gallon qt. Added a fake log and tied 3 java ferns to it.

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Look really good and healthy, don't plant, fix to bog wood or rock as you may know, use fishing line...
For now I have them just sitting loosely in the gravel without the rhizome buried. Going to look for some small wood to attach to next.

Rearranged things yesterday with the new plants, including whatever it is I picked up at the LFS yesterday that's in front of the rocks. I think ludwigia repens?

Ignore the anubias hanging in the top left, those are just some trimmings I left floating for now. Any feedback? I'm pretty new to plants beyond the uber easy anubias (they're all I had the last several years in there and they did great). Staying low tech/low light for the time being. Oh, and I'd like to get a decent sized piece of driftwood eventually.
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The purigen's been running a full week now and I can see a difference. My water was clear to begin with, so it's not as noticeable from the sides of the glass. Where I really notice the difference is when I look from the top down. The clarity that I get looking at the bottom substrate, plants and fish is amazing.
That's good to know, Will try some Thanks...
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For now I have them just sitting loosely in the gravel without the rhizome buried. Going to look for some small wood to attach to next.

Rearranged things yesterday with the new plants, including whatever it is I picked up at the LFS yesterday that's in front of the rocks. I think ludwigia repens?

Ignore the anubias hanging in the top left, those are just some trimmings I left floating for now. Any feedback? I'm pretty new to plants beyond the uber easy anubias (they're all I had the last several years in there and they did great). Staying low tech/low light for the time being. Oh, and I'd like to get a decent sized piece of driftwood eventually.
Looks good as a centre piece Stooker, the nice thing about these is you can stick them in crevices in tall driftwood, high or low for a natural look, your lighting looks pretty dark unless it's the photo, you could get yellowing on leaves, I use liquid ferts for java and plant tabs for other plants under the gravel/sand........
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Looks good as a centre piece Stooker, the nice thing about these is you can stick them in crevices in tall driftwood, high or low for a natural look, your lighting looks pretty dark unless it's the photo, you could get yellowing on leaves, I use liquid ferts for java and plant tabs for other plants under the gravel/sand........
Thanks for the feedback. Yes, the light is low, it's what came with the aquarium. I don't have plans at the moment to go any higher, so just keeping it to the easy stuff. The anubias did outstanding with those lights for three years, so hoping the java fern does the same. Who knows what the future holds? The more I read, the more I want to go all the way with plants!
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H202 treatments in a couple of tanks with Black beard & Green hair algae followed by WC in all my tanks. I cleaned out three of the six filters in these tanks. I also trimmed the stem plants i have growing in almost all my tanks and replanted some healthy tips where the stems lower down are looking a bit worse for wear. My latest 35g tank is almost filled in to the point i like (excluding the foreground which i struggle to do well) but the sunset Hygro i have in that tank has struggled for nutrients. I have slowly been upping the dose of ferts i apply to this tank but the hygro is not thriving. I may give the hygro some root tabs so it hasn't got to compete with the rest of the stem plants for nutrients.

My Kuhli tank needs a lot of work and i did nothing more than a water change with it. This tank is a magnet for green hair algae and i'd love to dose the tank with hydrogen peroxide but Kuhli and the sole surviving shrimp in there won't do the best with peroxide treatments. It's turned into such a jungle lately and i know it will be a good half hour or more of trimming and replanting to get it back to a point where i can see anything. I can spend 15 minutes pulling out clumps of green hair algae and still not see much difference in how much is present. The Kuhli's appreciate an overgrown tank though. They can be seen dangling from leaves throughout the tank like ornaments on a christmas tree. I'm contemplating doing a rescape on their tank at this stage and seeing if i do only have the 1 cherry shrimp alive in the tank. I'd love to be able to blast the green hair algae while all the plants are removed too.

I am also due to replace about 7 bottles of DIY CO2 that i run on my tanks. I'm out of sugar though and it's not something i think to buy when i do my shopping.
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