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Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 05-21-2021, 05:40 AM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
Made by a company called "Rain Reserve". ...

Made by a company called "Rain Reserve". www.rainreserve.com

I discovered online and bought on closeout at a Menard's store. Unfortunately the company seems to be out of businesses as they do...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 05-20-2021, 12:20 PM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
Glad to hear that! The worst of it was in the...

Glad to hear that! The worst of it was in the conditioning tank but their well established permanent home is definitely adjusting to the change from plastic plantings. There was some initial algae...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 05-19-2021, 02:16 PM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
About three weeks later and I've abandoned the...

About three weeks later and I've abandoned the four-leaf clover plants. They need high light and no reasonable number of fixtures could satisfy in the 24 inch (60 cm) deep tank. The microswords...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-29-2021, 06:42 PM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
Now have three side-by-side ph test vials taken...

Now have three side-by-side ph test vials taken at various times and the late afternoon test is the slightest shade darker blue with the rest identical. Less than half the variation between the...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-29-2021, 11:56 AM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
Have some some more study regarding CO2 use in...

Have some some more study regarding CO2 use in aquariums and found some important things:

1) If the plants are using up the naturally available CO2 faster than it can be replaced during the day...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-28-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 47
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Posted By SwampeastMike
The high light plants look better than ever in...

The high light plants look better than ever in their new home!

I could never fully clean the microswords but the corys and the pleco did wonders!!! The remaining string/hair algae in them was...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-28-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 47
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Posted By SwampeastMike
I saw (and mentioned here) that "pearling" effect...

I saw (and mentioned here) that "pearling" effect in the late afternoons in my low tech tank. This was when most of the plants were very actively producing new true underwater growth and I was...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-27-2021, 10:32 AM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
I planted the other (higher lighting) side of the...

I planted the other (higher lighting) side of the tank today. Have some tall background plants ordered as the wisteria seems to be very slow growing and there's plenty of room left in the right rear...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-25-2021, 06:35 PM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
A couple more photos:

A couple more photos:
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-25-2021, 06:31 PM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
Photos are acting strangely again. It's been...

Photos are acting strangely again.

It's been very interesting to care for the plants as they "convert" to all below water foliage. The wisteria has finally done so almost at once. Previously all...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-25-2021, 04:49 PM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
You likely feed them properly--very...

You likely feed them properly--very lightly--making them extremely efficient little plant cleaners as they browse day and night. That's my guess. They don't eat all types of algae and can't do...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-24-2021, 06:27 PM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
Ten weeks later -- many plants moved

Have moved the low and moderate light plants from the nursery tank to their permanent home. Excepting the anacharis that rooted very well in a month all the leaves you see are new growth with the...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-20-2021, 02:57 PM
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Views: 1,249
Posted By SwampeastMike
Caliban07 Say the plants are consuming CO2...

Caliban07

Say the plants are consuming CO2 faster than it is naturally replaced. Does the ph rise when the CO2 goes below the natural saturation level for the given atmospheric conditions? Does...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-17-2021, 01:09 PM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
That was very informative and useful. Thank you....

That was very informative and useful. Thank you. Particularly interesting is the shortage/lack of stomata in leaves that grow underwater. I was certainly aware of the importance and purpose of...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-14-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 47
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Posted By SwampeastMike
Yes, the wisteria (what I think you mean by "stem...

Yes, the wisteria (what I think you mean by "stem plant") is by far the slowest to establish and grow. It was also rather poor looking upon receipt with very long leafless stems and only 8...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 04-09-2021, 11:55 AM
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Posted By SwampeastMike
Kept up the very high lighting for another week...

Kept up the very high lighting for another week then returned to moderate.

There was a huge amount of new growth as the remaining original above water leaves began to die off. After another...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 03-27-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,249
Posted By SwampeastMike
Here are some more photos. I used LOTS of light...

Here are some more photos. I used LOTS of light to increase the depth of field.

The 10 amano shrimp didn't make it 24 hours. Either the guppies ate them (they were certainly going after them) or...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 03-25-2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,249
Posted By SwampeastMike
WOW! High lighting 10 hours per day for a...

WOW!

High lighting 10 hours per day for a week. This was something I only dreamed about three decades ago without extreme heat and expense when I last enjoyed the hobby.

This afternoon after...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 03-15-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,249
Posted By SwampeastMike
Yes, I think they are ready for a permanent home...

Yes, I think they are ready for a permanent home but I'm not done with them yet ;)

Still want to see new leaves on the ozelot swords and red pearls. These showed good root growth but still little...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 03-14-2021, 09:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,249
Posted By SwampeastMike
WOW! A week of strong aeration with...

WOW!

A week of strong aeration with continued cleaning and the burgeoning algae storm is completely at bay. The big fresh rainwater change certainly didn't hurt either :)

Removed the trays...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 03-12-2021, 04:10 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,249
Posted By SwampeastMike
The plants all look better. The root tabs,...

The plants all look better. The root tabs, aeration and continued cleaning and all having positive effects.

Their quality was never much of a problem as the main thing I was curious about was...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 03-10-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,249
Posted By SwampeastMike
After relocating the outlet from the factory...

After relocating the outlet from the factory punched location. Now the inlet is on the side next to the gutter where it should be.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 03-10-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 47
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Posted By SwampeastMike
The rainwater collection set up and ready for...

The rainwater collection set up and ready for four days of rain.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 03-10-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,249
Posted By SwampeastMike
More photos. How do they look three weeks since...

More photos. How do they look three weeks since receipt?
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 03-10-2021, 12:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,249
Posted By SwampeastMike
Forgot to mention that ph is 7.4 After a few...

Forgot to mention that ph is 7.4

After a few days aeration and more cleaning of algae and dying 4-leaf clover.
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